Preschool Place Curriculum
The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is the main component of our curriculum. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence starts with the premise that children are always "ready to learn" as long as the teacher knows where to start with each child. Preschoolers build new knowledge and skills based on what they have already learned. Taking into account the child's particular competencies, a teacher can then offer those experiences that most closely match a student's present level. The teacher also provides the stepping stones needed to advance to higher levels of understanding and competence.
Core Knowledge is:
Solid: A comprehensive preschool curriculum that addresses all facets of early childhood development.
Specific: Identifies explicit skills and knowledge that are critical to a young child's development in terms of "readiness to learn."
Sequenced: Presents skills and knowledge that progress from very basic to more challenging so children build new knowledge and skills based on what they have already learned.
Shared: Represents shared knowledge. Only by explicitly specifying the competencies and knowledge that all children should share can we ensure access to an excellent and fair education for all.
See the Preschool Sequence at a Glance at www.coreknowledge.org.
The Core Knowledge curriculum meets the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota's Early Learning Standards to make sure our children are ready for Kindergarten.
Along with the Core Knowledge Curriculum we also use parts of the Zoo Phonics & Handwriting Without Tears programs.