My Top 10 Resources for Curriculum Planning

Looking for ideas when writing curriculum for your early childhood classroom? Check out 10 of my favorite “go-to” resources. This is not an all-inclusive list, but these are books I use often and recommend frequently.

Process Based Experiences

Why are process-based experiences important? Watch and discover how open-ended experiences such as process-based art can help enhance skills and get children ready for kindergarten.

How do I find a preschool that teaches my child to write?

How do I find a preschool that teaches my child to write?

As parents, we always want to ensure our children are adequately prepared for school if not ahead.  One of the criteria we look for involves teaching children how to write their names and the alphabet.  Although this is important and is a skill that is eventually needed in elementary school, learning to create a story and a message and then convey it to paper is just as important and is learned best through play.  With this video, discover standards to look for in preschools as well as questions to ask the school administration and staff about their approach to the writing process.

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How does play teach my child to write?

How does play teach my child to write?

Play is the best way to prepare young children for kindergarten.  It is amazing the educational skills learned when playing including the ability to write and create stories.  Explore how dramatic play, block play, and outside play all provide opportunities for young children to develop creative storytelling skills needed to be successful writers in the elementary, middle, and high school years.

What are the mark making and scribbling stages?

What are the different stages of mark making and scribbling?

How do children learn to write?  It begins with mark making experiences and scribbling for older infants and toddlers.  See examples of the early phases of mark making and scribbling.  Learn characteristics of children new to the writing process.

Resources: So Much More Than the ABCs, The Intentional Teacher

What is emergent writing?

What is Emergent Writing?

How do children learn to write?  It begins with mark making experiences with older infants and continues thru the preschool and early elementary school years.  Discover the definition and stages of emergent writing and best practices to promote the writing process in early childhood.

Resources: So Much More Than the ABCs, The Intentional Teacher