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Curiosity Corner Integrated Approach

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Transcript of Curiosity Corner Integrated Approach

Role of an Educator:
Curiosity Corner Integrated Approach
Success for All Foundation
Overview of Philosophy
The curriculum provides a developmental approach emphasizing language and literacy, as well as physical, emotional and interpersonal development, math, science, social studies, music, movement and art.
The literacy-focused, problem-solving program provides teachers and children with structured thematic units that include concrete, interactive experiences with detailed instructions and materials
Parent/Community Involvement:
Image of a Child:
aligns with state and national early childhood standards
offers literacy-focused and problem-solving activities.
includes thematic units and materials.
enhances the development of the whole child
weekly thematic units that relate to children’s lives, interests, and surroundings
"Success for All Foundation's powerful instructional model is built around a cooperative-learning framework that engages students in rich discussion and motivating challenges every day"
Theoretical Framework:
Curriculum Central Elements:
Conceptual Framework:
Founders of the Organization
Success for All Foundation was founded by Bob Slavin and Nancy Madden
Slavin and Madden worked towards collaborating their ideas on improving education in the 1970s
The curriculum itself grew from a research and development program that started with studies on cooperative learning strategies
In 1987 they launched the program in their first school in Baltimore
Established in...
Following the start of the first school in 1987 with great triumph, the Success for All Foundation was established in 1998.
Starting of...
With its rapid growth and success, Success for All piloted the
Curiosity Corner Integrated Approach
in 1999
After implementing and evaluating it through the span of 2 years (1999-2001), the program was finally launched in 2002.
History of the Curriculum
Curriculum Theory
Theoretical Foundation:
Lev Vygotsky
the social exchange between teacher and student is the essence of the learning process
knowledge is co-constructed, shaped by interaction with people, and influenced by culture and environment
language influences and organizes thought
Emphasizes language and literacy within the context of the broad range of developmental domains
The program’s focus on language and literacy, is based on research that supports the promotion of oral language and emergent literacy as key factors in later academic achievement (Huffman, Mehlinger, & Kerivan, 2000; Whitehurst & Lonigan, 1998)
Developing Language & Literacy:
Language-related activities & discussion of thematic concepts help to promote the children’s phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and oral-language development
Greetings & Readings
Each child is individually greeted and made to feel welcome for a relaxed beginning to the day
Clues & Questions
Curiosity Cat, the class mascot, introduces the concepts for the day with an active problem-solving activity
Rhyme Time
The children learn active, theme-related rhymes and songs to promote their phonemic awareness
Story Tree
Children have opportunities to expand their world and explore the theme through books and stories.
During Story Tree, they develop their vocabulary, learn to make predictions, and prepare for reading by learning that print communicates ideas
Outdoor/Gross Motor Play
Promotes physical, cognitive, and social development through theme-related movement activities.
Children review the experiences they had throughout the day and reflect on what they have learned from them
Home Link
Families are encouraged to be actively engaged in their children’s learning through home visits, the Home Link page, a lending library, videos, and participation in classroom activities
helps keep families informed of their children’s school experiences so family members can encourage their children’s learning
Role of an Educator:
Leading for Success is a collaborative leadership process that brings school staff together to focus everyone’s efforts on success for every child. Together, staff members:
assess current status,
set annual and quarterly goals for growth,
identify measurable targets for short-term improvement,
make a detailed action plan to ensure achievement of those targets,
review progress quarterly, celebrate targets met, and then
plan next steps.
Educational Strategies
Lessons are enriched with multimedia, puppet skits, and videos to keep the focus on fun and learning.
Classroom resources and detailed lesson guides, designed to maximize support and minimize teacher preparation, help guide effective instruction.
Skill development and application are reinforced through positive peer interaction and student feedback resulting in rapid advancement in reading
3 Environments
The children's routine consists of 8 components throughout the day
The elements of the class are based upon the thematic unit
Weekly theme guides provide teachers with the materials to make the lesson more enjoyable for the children
Indoor/outdoor environment is set up at child's level
Emphasis on teacher-child and child-child interactions
Everything is language-based
Every child has the ability to succeed
Focus is on preschoolers ages: 3-5
Repetition of the thematic concepts throughout the transitions
Everyone is involved in support of student success—teachers, parents, community members, and the kids themselves.
A facilitator from the school’s own faculty works with teachers every day to help every teacher succeed and grow in skill and sophistication
Home Link: Families are encouraged to be actively engaged in their children’s learning and the program helps keep families informed of their children’s school experiences
Child Assessment Tools:
Curiosity Corner Classroom Package:
16 Structured Oral Language Observations (SOLO)
Child Assessment Tool (CAT)
Family Conference Summary form
Each teacher receives a teacher manual and classroom kit that includes:
three interactive, literature-based units that introduce skills and strategies;
resources for coaching individual students to resolve specific conflicts, conduct class meetings, set positive expectations, reward peer interaction, and address class-selected issues as a group throughout the year; and
ongoing supports for refinement and reinforcement of learned skills throughout the rest of the school year with weekly class meetings, additional instruction and coaching, and Peace Path and Think-It-Through strategy sheets.
"Every child can succeed!"
Reinforces curiosity as children learn the best when they are curious and exploring on their own
Curiosity Corner focuses on language and literacy development
Integration of weekly thematic concepts
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