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Connect4Learning

About Connect4Learning®


Too few prekindergarten classrooms provide opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary learning, choosing instead to focus on one or two areas. Using research-based and classroom-tested foundations in mathematics, science, literacy, and social-emotional, Connect4Learning® (C4L) weaves together all four domains to ensure that each subject is addressed meaningfully and comprehensively with each child.

C4L features six curriculum units that are focused on supporting children's development of ten comprehensive cognitive processes:


Communicating & Representing Communicating & Representing
Cooperating Cooperating
Comparing & Classifying Comparing & Classifying
Creating, Imagining, & Innovating Creating, Imagining, & Innovating
Asking Questions & Seeking New Information Asking Questions & Seeking New Information
Observing Observing
Persisting, Attending, & Self-Regulation Persisting, Attending, & Self-Regulation
Reasoning & Problem Solving Reasoning & Problem Solving
Making Sense Making Sense
Using Tools Strategically Using Tools Strategically

For more information on Connect4Learning®, visit www.Connect4Learning.com

Authors


Julie Sarama

Julie Sarama, PhD

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies; Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy; and Professor, University of Denver

Kimberly Brenneman

Kimberly Brenneman, PhD

Program Officer for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation; Former research faculty at Rutgers University's National Institute for Early Education Research

Douglas H. Clements

Douglas H. Clements, PhD

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning; Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy; and Professor, University of Denver

Nell K. Duke

Nell K. Duke, EdD

Professor, Literacy, Language, and Culture, and faculty affiliate in the combined program in education and psychology, University of Michigan

Mary Louise Hemmeter

Mary Louise Hemmeter, PhD

Professor, Special Education, Co-Faculty Director of the Susan Gray School for Children, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Research


Connect4Learning® was developed through funding by the National Science Foundation. As part of the development of this curriculum, several pilot programs were established to determine the efficacy of Connect4Learning® and its interdisciplinary approach to early education. To date, children in classrooms that have implemented the C4L curriculum significantly outperformed control classrooms on measures of math, science, literacy, and social-emotional learning -- including number sense, early geometry skills, vocabulary knowledge, and name writing. C4L is also supported by current research on strategies to best support dual language learners and children from under-resourced communities in an early learning environment.

For more information on Connect4Learning® and the research and findings that support this curriculum, please visit www.Connect4Learning.com/research.

Components


Connect4Learning Kit Contents

Curriculum Units

Connect4Learning® is a research-based, interdisciplinary curriculum that is comprised of six units and 32 weeks of learning centers and lessons.

  • Unit 1: Connecting with School and Friends
  • Unit 2: Our Environment
  • Unit 3: How Structures Are Built
  • Unit 4: Exploring Museums
  • Unit 5: Growing Our Garden
  • Unit 6: How We've Grown

Teacher's Handbook

Connect4Learning® features a teacher's handbook to support the daily implementation of the curriculum and ensure each learning experience follows educational best practices.

Director's Handbook or Principal's Handbook

The director's handbook provides preschool child care center and Head Start directors with additional support when supervising the implementation of Connect4Learning® across their entire center or program. Similarly, the principal's handbook offers school administrators information and guidance when supporting the implementation of the curriculum across public school prekindergarten programs.

Connect4Learning® Pre-K Kit

The Connect4Learning® Pre-K Kit includes all of the specific items required to implement the C4L curriculum. The entire kit contains more than 140 items and features dozens of custom-made pieces unique to the curriculum.

  • Alphabet chart poster
  • Alphabet cards – three different kinds!
  • Puppets – Lila Letter, Conrad the Confused Crow, and Tucker the Turtle
  • Matching games and board games
  • Cubes and manipulatives, and number cards
  • Friendship-skills posters
  • And much more!

Classroom Book Set

The Connect4Learning® Pre-K Classroom Book Set includes both beloved favorites and custom texts written specifically for use with the C4L curriculum. Comprised of more than 120 titles, the collection includes both works of fiction and informational texts.

Formative Assessment

Connect4Learning® incorporates formative assessment as a regular part of daily Small Group lessons, where teachers interact one-on-one with children and are able to closely observe each child. Small Group lessons include guidance on the skills to observe and the questions to ask to elicit children's understandings.

Resources


Online Portal

The Connect4Learning® Online Portal serves as an invaluable classroom management tool and features hundreds of helpful resources and tools to support teachers, families, and administrators.

Features of the online portal include:

  • Lesson Planner - Plan, organize, and customize your daily schedule
  • Teacher/Class Profile - Create a digital teacher and classroom portfolio to store and add student data/records
  • Resource Hub - Add, download, and print curriculum resources
  • Family Portal - Allow families to track children's progress and identify how best to support their learning
  • Lessons in Action - View 100s of lesson videos taken from C4L classrooms
  • Interactive Formative Assessment - Complete C4L assessments online

Math Games

Connect4Learning® includes a series of computer learning activities designed to address learning trajectories in math and to solidify classroom learning. Through practice and repetition of early math concepts, these games help children foster deeper conceptual thinking and develop competence in key skills such as counting and sorting. Each game corresponds to a given unit and lessons within the curriculum. The difficulty of each game increases as children's abilities progress.

Online Portal

Training


Connect4Learning® recognizes the importance of providing effective curriculum implementation training as well as on-going opportunities for educators to learn and enhance their professional knowledge, skills, and practices.

Professional Development

Connect4Learning® offers a variety of in-person training opportunities that follow adult learning practices and are delivered with the goal of effective curriculum implementation in mind.

Continuous Support

Connect4Learning® provides helpful web-based modules that offer ongoing implementation support for users. The modules prepare teachers for upcoming units in an easy and interactive format. The modules review key unit concepts, offer helpful teaching tips and best practice strategies, and discuss the end-of-unit class project. Users can access the unit modules via their Connect4Learning® Teacher Portal login.

Training

FAQs


Does Connect4Learning® make math and science learning daily priorities?

C4L begins with a sequence of math and science topics and integrates language, literacy, and social-emotional skills as natural components of each lesson.

Does Connect4Learning® recognize the value of a project-based, interdisciplinary approach?

Each C4L curriculum unit allows children to work together toward a larger goal while learning key concepts across multiple domains of learning.

Does Connect4Learning® underscore the understanding that play and academics are not mutually exclusive?

Children naturally explore and engage with content areas such as math and science during play. C4L offers children numerous opportunities to learn and make connections through free play.

Does Connect4Learning® nurture a strong sense of community?

C4L encourages a strong classroom community by focusing on the most important school connections: among the child and peers, teachers, and the school.

Does Connect4Learning® support you in teaching science and math?

Connect4Learning® makes teaching science and math concepts easy by introducing them as a fun, natural component of classroom explorations! Rather than focusing on teacher-directed instruction or isolated activities, C4L helps children make practical connections among all four domains of learning by using a practical, project-based approach to classroom instruction, with plenty of time allotted for play.

For more information or questions about Connect4Learning®,
contact a C4L Specialist at Kaplan Early Learning Company by calling
1-800-334-2014.

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