Kaplan is proud to extend its long-standing commitment to Tennessee's early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and children through its support of the Tennessee Pre-Kindergarten Program. For over 35 years, Kaplan has worked in close partnership with the early childhood community to support the vision and creation of quality caring and learning environments for children and families. This website is designed to continue that tradition of support. At the click of a button, Tennessee Pre-Kindergarten Programs can access the information and resources that they need to design and operate great programs for children and families.
Tennessee's Pre-Kindergarten Program is a wonderful way to support children's future success. Working together, early childhood teachers, caregivers, and parents can ensure that children are ready for a great kindergarten year. Kaplan is committed to being part of the success story and has worked hard to develop and provide resources for school districts, private providers, parents, and children that will be the foundation of many successful programs.
Tennessee Early Learning Standards
The Beyond Centers and Circle Time curriculum theme series is written in an effort to offer support to educators and parents who wish to maintain a balance between supporting their child's acquisition of skills and knowledge that will prepare him for later school success and the joys and delights of experiencing a playful childhood.
The research and theory that has guided The BCCT curriculum, used at the Creative Pre-School for over 35 years, provides children with emergent literacy experiences within well planned and implemented play opportunities that use cooking, dramatic play, fluid and structured construction, and fine and gross motor opportunities to meet the individual and cultural needs of each child while providing him opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all domains.
This set of themes contains experiences that will support the development of the whole child through topics that young children find interesting. Adults using these themes must be sure that the children have knowledge of the content being discussed and provide field trips, visitors, books, pictures, and other materials that will give meaning to the topics. The theme topics are purposely broad and can be easily extended to last a full month. Children need time to develop knowledge and play skills. The individual interests of the children in the classroom should be used to guide the direction that each theme takes.
The experiences that children are provided by caring adults help them create a vast resource of general knowledge about their world. Children who enter later school having had rich experiences and who have had many books read to them will have a better foundation for comprehending subjects they read.
When young children are provided opportunities to learn in safe, loving, exciting environments they will develop the ability to persist at tasks, as well as an eagerness and curiosity about their world. When they can handle and experiment with materials and objects they will develop inventiveness and creativity and when they can play with other children and adults who encourage their ideas they will learn to plan and reflect on their activities. Research shows that children's success is based on how they approach learning situations. Children who are resilient, who keep trying and who are confident in their own abilities will be successful.
The Beyond Centers and Circle Time theme series is designed to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for three and four-year-old children. These experiences are based on research conducted at the Creative Pre-School located in Tallahassee, Florida as well as research and theory that has been used to guide best early childhood practice for decades. The theme choices have proven to delight and support the education of four-year-old children over 30+ years of observation of their interests and learning progress.
The following nine themes are presented in this theme series:
- Me and My Family
- Real and Make-Believe
- The Farm and The City
- Insects and Spiders
- Birds in My Neighborhood
- Animals of the Jungle
- Amphibians and Reptiles
- Oceans and Ocean Life
- Authors and Illustrators
A daily schedule that can be used by full day and part day programs will be presented. Each theme will provide four weeks of activities that include early morning set-ups, sharing circles, outside play ideas, center time experiences, and literacy circles. Teachers can follow the theme outline specifically or pick and choose adding their own ideas and following the children's interests.
- Gross Motor Development
- Pre-Scissor and Cutting Development
- Marker/Crayon and Easel Painting
- Sensorimotor and Dramatic Play
- Structured Construction Play
- Patterning Development
- Writing Development
- Math, Science, Health, and Safety Concepts in Cooking
A set of six training DVDs are provided featuring the following videos:
- Beyond ABCs and Writing My Name
- From Theories to Play
- Food, Fun, and Family-Style Meals
- Literacy Throughout the Day
- Scaffolding Dramatic Play
- Authentic Assessments
Teachers must be prepared for each day's program and provide intentional experiences that maintain the children's interests and enhance their skills and knowledge. The infrastructure for tomorrow's school success is being built one exciting, enriching, playful moment at a time—TODAY.
Curriculum Correlations and Resources
- Early Childhood Rating Scale (ECERS) Resources
- Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS)
- Open Court Materials List
Open the World of Learning (OWL)
- State of Tennessee Office of Early Learning
- Governor Bredesen's Pre-K Website
- Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children
- Tennessee Alliance for Early Education
- Pre-K Now
- Preschool for All
- Tennessee Child Care Services
- Tennessee Head Start
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
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