Academic Curriculum:
  • Our Ready 4 Learning program utilizes Creative Curriculum for Preschool to guide our planning and implement developmentally appropriate activities. Each program will vary in its own unique way as teachers incorporate his or her own interests and teaching styles as well as the interests of their students and their families. The Creative Curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development which are: Social/Emotional Development, Physical Development, Cognitive Development and Language Development.  Teachers will intentionally plan activities around these areas of development to promote developmental growth in each child.  
  • Ready for Learning also utilizes Pre-Kindergarten Everyday Mathematics. The goal of EDM is to respect children’s thinking and ideas and to offer activities and problem-solving situations that build and enhance their already rich and ever-expanding store of mathematical understanding and knowledge. The program includes a range of activities that expand children’s mathematics experiences and ideas. Pre-Kindergarten Mathematics integrates mathematics into all parts of your child’s 4K day, such as music, block building, art, games, ongoing daily routines, etc.
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Social Emotional Development:
  • The Oshkosh Area School District Ready 4 Learning Program supports proactive management techniques that focus on creating successful learning environment, school community, and opportunities to learn what to do (replacement behaviors) for every child. Your 4K classroom teacher will implement Conscious Discipline and the Pyramid Model techniques within their 4K classrooms.
    • PYRAMID MODEL: The pyramid model is a framework, rather than a curriculum, for planning how we support children in developing social and emotional competence. All children have needs that are addressed within the framework. The Pyramid Model was designed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of early learning based on what the research tells us about best practices in supporting social and emotional development.
    • CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE: is a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence classroom management program that empowers both teachers and students. The goal of the program is to provide systematic changes in schools by fostering the emotional intelligence of teachers first and children second. Conscious Discipline leads teachers through a process that promotes permanent behavior changes in both teachers and children. The change is from a traditional compliance model of discipline to a relationship-based community model.
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The Importance of Play
Preschoolers learn differently from school-age children: Play is essential to learning. Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to solve problems and to feel good about their ability to learn.
Most child development experts agree that play is an essential part of a high-quality learning program. Play is not a break from learning – it’s the way young children learn. Children learn more through play when they have well-trained teachers who know how to respond to, guide, and extend their play to increase learning – and how to assess their development by observing their play.
Researchers are finding more and more connections between children’s play and learning and social development that helps them succeed in school. For example, pretend play helps children learn to think abstractly and to look at things from someone else’s perspective. Pretend play is also connected to early learning literacy, mathematical thinking, and problem solving.

Resources:
www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Play_s-Way-Young/


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