The Preschool Curriculum

Learn Every DayTM: The Preschool Curriculum is a resource that helps both new and seasoned teachers create environments that optimize learning. The curriculum includes two volumes containing a total of 36 units, and each unit consists of five lessons—ideas for a full year’s worth of exploration! Each volume is packed with multisensory activities for all learners and hopefully will spark teachers’ creativity with suggestions for books, songs, and centers. A music CD with original songs by Sharon MacDonald rounds out the curriculum package.

Foundations for Learning
Designed to help teachers as they prepare an interactive, multisensory learning environment for children, Foundations for Learning contains information from experts in the field of early childhood education, including the following:

  • Introduction by Mike Mathers and the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project
  • Ten Terrific Tips for Teachers by Clarissa Willis, PhD
  • Learning Centers by Rebecca Isbell, PhD
  • Special Needs Adaptations by Clarissa Willis, PhD
  • Transitions by Jean Feldman, PhD
  • Emergent Writing by Jana Crosby, MEd
  • Social–Emotional Development by Nefertiti Bruce, MEd; Karen Cairone, MEd; and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children
  • Math and Science by Sharon MacDonald, MEd

Learn Every DayTM: The Preschool Curriculum, Volume 1, Units 1–18
Filled with activities, songs, chants, and opportunities to experience quality children’s literature, each unit is designed to meet national standards for early education. Goals and objectives, as well as extended learning opportunities, are built into each unit.

Learn Every DayTM: The Preschool Curriculum, Volume 2, Units 19–36
From learning about our green Earth to exploring the world around us, these units offer opportunities for children to learn in large, small, and individual settings. Based on the idea that children learn best when they use all their senses, each unit was designed with all types of learners in mind.

Each of the 36 units includes the following information:

  • Unit Overview, which describes in detail what the unit is all about. For example, the Unit Overview for Unit 2: Learn Every Day about Me says:
    There are many ways in which people are similar and many ways in which they are different. All people have bodies, thoughts, and feelings that are their own. Even though the way a person looks on the outside may change, that person remains the same person on the inside. Sharing ideas and feelings with others helps us learn about our friends and ourselves. In this unit, the children will learn about their own bodies and their emotions, as well as the things that make them the same as or different from other children. They will understand how growing works and that there are some things about growing that you just cannot change.
  • Vocabulary: the key vocabulary children will be exposed to within each unit
  • Objectives for each of the following domains:
    • Arts & Creativity
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Communication
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Personal Health & Development
    • Science Constructs
    • Social & Emotional Skills
    • Social Studies

  • DLL Tip Each child’s home language is a significant part of his identity. “Learning about Me” is a topic that depends on the teacher’s ability to recognize and support that language. After the child is enrolled, get to know the family and learn what languages are spoken in his home (there may be more than two), and learn what versions or dialects are used so you can celebrate each child accurately without making assumptions.
  • Comprehensive Resource List: books for the teacher, books to share with the children, music, and websites.
  • Special Needs Adaptations: a variety of suggestions that are easily incorporated into the classroom routine.
  • Social and Emotional Tips: suggestions on how teachers can bolster students’ social and emotional well-being (key to their resiliency and ability to overcome adversity) while helping classroom management.
  • Learning Extensions: At the end of each unit, teachers will find an Extend the Learning activity. If a teacher wants to expand on this unit or add an additional project, this activity is designed to meet that need. You can recognize the Extend the Learning activity by the giraffe depicted in the upper left corner.
  • Five Lesson Plans: include a comprehensive materials list and activities:
    • Large group
    • Transition tip
    • Small group
    • Learning centers: This includes a small-group activity, which can be used to differentiate instruction or work intensively with a few children. Within these activities, you will discover both traditional and nontraditional centers.
    • Outdoor activities: To meet the needs of all programs, many of the lessons also contain outdoor activities. While those are labeled outdoor activity center, the authors recognize that many programs take children outside in a large group. Unlike the other learningcenter experiences, the outdoor learning center activities are easily adapted for large- or small-group participation.
    • Closing circle: Designed to help children reflect on the new material they have been introduced to during the lesson, this activity enables them to verbalize what they learned that day, thus building vocabulary and helping them transfer the information from shortterm memory to long-term memory.
    • Home stretch: An activity designed for building a strong home–school connection and often including activities that children and their families can enjoy together.