This comprehensive two volume curriculum set, designed for all preschoolers was written by Debby Cryer, a leading expert in the field of early childhood and one of the authors of the Environment Rating Scales; and Cathy Riley, one of the authors of the All About ECERS-R and an expert team of five other authors in the early childhood field. Meets the standards of ECERS-R with more than 650 pages, with over 600 illustrative photographs and curriculum plans. Based on many years of developmental research and appropriate learning theory, it has been carefully designed to be used in preschool classrooms and includes time-proven successful practices. This curriculum is academically enriched, reinforcing cognitive skill development, science, math and social studies, through meaningful content around standards of learning. © 2008
From the developers of All About the ECERS-R, All About Preschoolers is a carefully designed curriculum program for preschool classrooms where children are accepted for what they can do at the time when they can do it, and are moved through the prerequisites for abstract learning (academics) that will come when each is old enough and ready to efficiently learn what is required with little failure.
It is likely that, if the curriculum is carried out with reasonable faith to what is written, any classroom would receive high scores on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) because the authors carefully considered the requirements of the scale as they designed All About Preschoolers.
All About Preschoolers is meant to be used in preschool classrooms, where the majority of children are 4-year-olds. If 3-year-olds are included in the preschool, the more flexibility and individualized experiences should be provided for them. It can also be used in kindergartens because of the open-ended, individualized approach taken with children.
With over 600 photographs depicting the use of the curriculum in the classroom environment, All About Preschoolers can be used by any preschool teaching staff, including experienced and new teachers, teachers with higher levels of education as well as many teachers with less than a four-year degree.
All About Preschoolers combines the freedom to choose each unit based on what will interest the children, with the specific instruction to prepare you for those hectic scheduling/planning periods! The authors of AAP have provided a comprehensive curriculum, complete with things to say during group time, suggested activities, songs, chants, and even curriculum plans! After the first 2 units, the 18 theme-based curriculum units can be used non-sequentially. It can be used either as a stand alone or supplemental curriculum.
All About Preschoolers aligns with most state early childhood standards:
All About Preschoolers is a comprehensive curriculum made up of five guiding principles. These principles will help teachers create an early childhood environment in which children can learn important information about their world, develop life skills and a social competence.
The five principles include:
The Curriculum shows teachers how to set up and manage the classroom, as well as how to structure the learning environment from day to day and from week to week. Detailed information is provided enabling teachers to optimize children's learning during routine care, whole group instruction, small group instruction and free play times. It shows teachers how to provide varying experiences (both concrete and open-ended) through the use of materials, interest centers, daily schedule that is flexible and relaxed, and pre-planning on the part of the teaching staff.
The Curriculum demonstrates to teachers how to model and guide positive social skills and help children learn beyond what they learn just through their play. It explains how teacher's supervision should not only protect the health and safety of children, but should broaden the learning experiences of children. The Curriculum offers concrete ideas and methods for teachers in order for them to "actively participate" in the supervision of the children in their care. These methods are offered with the belief that true understanding and generalization of knowledge occurs when meaningful conversations with children allow them to socialize and express their thoughts with words; in addition to learning academic concepts within concrete play experiences throughout the program day.
It demonstrates how teachers can guide children's learning in language and reading, writing, mathematics/reasoning concepts, nature/science, gross motor play, self-help and social skills. Detailed information is provided about how learning can be promoted through the use of specific materials, experiences, set-up of the environment and teacher involvement.
The Curriculum provides concrete ideas for teachers on how to involve families in the overall program, as well as how to share information and activities that promote the involvement of family in the daily experiences of their child.
This unit gives children an introduction to everyone in the class; what is in the classroom for them to use; how materials are taken from shelves, played with, and put away; the daily schedule; and how routines are handled.
This unit gives children health information and teaches basic hygiene skills to reduce the spread of contagious illnesses.
This unit gives a deeper understanding of how to get along well with others, learn how to recognize emotions, how to match printed words with pictures, and how to complete simple graphs.
This unit covers basic scientific information about one of the most important things in the natural world — the Sun. Children will recognize letters and numbers, hear phonetic sounds, and make simple graphs.
Through books and songs, discussion, simple experiments, charts, and matching games, this unit explores how we use our eyes to recognize differences in color, shape, and size, and the importance of taking care of our eyes and about different sight abilities, in both people and animals.
In this unit children learn acceptance and understanding of the diversity found in the people of the world, as well as within their own communities or classroom.
This unit introduces children to birds by studying basic concepts of the anatomy of a bird, seeds, and the sequence of hatching eggs. They will discover things that birds like to eat and how they build nests.
Through books and songs, discussion, simple experiments, charts, and music and movement, children will study how we recognize the senses of smell and taste.
This unit covers the relationships in families: Who makes up a family, how families are similar and different, the roles of family members, and their various activities and routines.
In this unit, children learn why water is important, its characteristics, how we use it, its role in our travels, and about conservation of water as a natural resource.
In this unit, children learn about many of the sports they see in their lives, find out about a variety of sports equipment, talk about the roles of teams, cheerleaders, and fans in sports, think about and create uniforms, and begin to understand the basics of good sportsmanship.
This unit provides children with knowledge about the different ways in which people create music — vocally or with instruments — and the various types of music people create and enjoy are covered.
This unit provides children with basic information about a few of many communities helpers in their lives. Children learn why each community helper is important and that we sometimes require help from people other than our parents.
In this unit, children will explore how we recognize different sounds in our environment, at home and school and outdoors, through books and songs, discussion, sorting games, simple experiments, mathematical charting, and music and movement.
In this unit, color experiences give children new words to describe differences and similarities in the world around them, encourage experimentation, and give information about nature, animals, and the foods they eat.
In this unit, children will learn about plants, including basic plant anatomy, seeds, and the life cycle of a plant.
This unit allows children to think about a regular and fascinating part of their lives — transportation. Their vocabularies will expand as they learn about the types of transportation people use on the ground, in water, and in the air.
This unit provides children with knowledge and information about nature, and people's roles in the production of food.
This training introduces participants to the All About Preschooers Curriculum (AAP). The AAP is based on many years of developmental research and appropriate learning theory, includes time proven successful practices and has been carefully designed to be used in all preschool classrooms. This training will provide participants with a curriculum that is academically enriched, reinforces cognitive skill development, science, math and social studies, all through meaningful content around standards of learning.
The Participant will:
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