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Parent Child Center Curriculum

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Students in the Early Childhood Program at North Elementary School work on learning their colors.

The Early Childhood Program at North School uses the Teaching Strategies GOLD program.  It is an authentic, observational assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten.  It helps teachers get to know children well: what they know and can do, and their strengths, needs, and interests.  With this information, we can scaffold children’s learning as we offer engaging experiences that help children build on their strengths and interests.

Teaching Strategies GOLD blends ongoing, authentic, observational assessment across all areas of development:

Social Emotional:  feelings and independence
Physical:  gross motor and fine motor skills
Language:  communication and speech
Cognitive:  observation, exploration, organizing and connecting information
Literacy:  vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, story comprehension
Mathematics:  numbers, patterns and relationships, shapes and spatial awareness, measurement, data collection
Science and Technology:  physical properties of objects, living things, Earth and the environment
Social Studies:  how people live, work, and get along with others
The Arts:  dance, music, dramatic play, drawing and painting
English Language Acquisition:  demonstrating progress in listening to, understanding, and speaking English

With an understanding of content and how children learn it, teachers can expand the opportunities they offer children to acquire knowledge and understand concepts.  They can make a direct link between the preschool curriculum and what children will learn in elementary school.  When the content of the curriculum is taught with children’s developmental stages in mind, children are more likely to be successful learners who feel excited about and challenged by what they are learning.