PreK Curriculum Map


When you are headed somewhere and you find yourself lost, what do you do? Besides reaching for your GPS, you probably need a map!

In our field we also use a map, a curriculum map or pacing guide to let us know which way should we go.

 A curriculum map is the process of collecting and recording curriculum-related
data that identifies core skills and content to be taught, the teaching strategies, and the assessment to be implemented. It emphasizes the collaboratively planned learning.

Curriculum maps are usually created by school districts and in more detailed by same grade level teachers. After collecting everything that needs to be covered throughout the school year, small groups, core content, and modifications and arrangements will take place.

As teachers we must know where our students are going, why they are going there, and what is required of them to get there.

 A curriculum map should include every core content lessons to be taught during the school year. Language arts, math concepts, social studies and science, social emotional development and everything related to your grade level.

The mapping can be arranged by quarters, by theme, by season, or chronologically.

Also, the order of the content is important. The map should show progression os skills and development. Holidays and fun events can also be incorporated into thump, as well as school-wide celebrations like Reading Across America for example.

Although the curriculum map order is important it can be altered and modified, it includes the WHAT, the WHEN, and the WHY. The WHEN its important, but it can be modified and tailored to your students needs.

Some of the benefits of curriculum map are: it allows teachers to review the curriculum to check for inconsistencies, misalignments, weaknesses, and gaps in the content. It helps documents the relationships between the curriculum content and the intended student learning outcomes, as well provides a way to self assess our teaching strategies, identify what worked, what didn't work and how and where we can improve.

Click on the picture to download your own curriculum map and an editable format to create your own.

This blog post was created in collaboration with Learning Genie.

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June & Professional Development Readings


Is that time again! Monthly Readings....but this time there's a bonus!

Summer is finally here, and half of us are on summer vacation, and the other half work through the summer. I love to spend my summers close to a body of water (natural or artificial). My daughters and I love the beach, pool, water parks and anything water-related.

The best way for us to end a great summer day is to get together as a family and roast some marshmallows and make s'mores....yummm!

I have a nice compilation of amazing titles ideal for the season and all the activities we do when the weather is warm, we're around water, and the sun is bright!

Here's the bonus! Although we do our very best to unplug and relax during our summer break, teachers love to do a bit of professional development as well. So get your favorite drink and get your reading on!

I know many people like to hold and smell the real book, but personally, I love to have my books on my iPad - just for convenience and practicality.

My professional development books for this summer are mostly about STEM. I really want to incorporate more STEM activities into my learning centers and small groups activities. I also want to sharpen my observation skills. In this field it is critical we know how to do objective and meaningful observations, and that's another goal for the following school year.

In the meantime, I will lay by the pool with my iPad and read, read, read!

This blog post was created in collaboration with Learning Genie.

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Fine Motor ABC

Hello there!

A quick Google search will lead to endless possible activities to build fine motor skills. Pinterest is full of imaginative activities to get kids creating with their hands.  In this digital world, there is definitely no lack of ideas of WHAT to do.  However, in the focus on the WHAT, it can be easy to lose the WHY. Fine motor activities done without knowing the WHY behind them are still beneficial for the child, after all, their fingers and hands are still being challenged and their brains are working to integrate the new experience. However, when the adult leading the charge isn’t quite sure why the activity matters or why it should done a certain way, it is much harder for them to place value on the task and be encouraged to continue to provide the child opportunities to further develop skills.

It is said that knowledge is power. It is time to give power to the parents, power to the teachers, and power to the therapists looking for an easy and effective way to communicate with families about fine motor skills and home programs.  All this power will lead to empowerment, with adults having a comprehensive picture of not only what to do to help kids develop fine motor skills, but how to do it, and why it is important.

But let’s be honest. Most people don’t have time to research each activity to learn the foundational components that are being addressed. What is needed is a quick and easy reference that pairs skill-building tasks for children with straightforward and understandable parent education.  That combination has come together in Fine Motor ABC, an easy-to-implement resource with 26 targeted activities to develop foundational and functional fine motor skills.

Fine Motor ABC from Skill Builder Books  engages children with the WHAT and adults with the WHY while including an alphabet focus to facilitate literacy development, sign language to support kinesthetic learning, and rhyming words to reinforce cognitive development.

Fine Motor ABC is available in both print and ebook formats 
and answers questions like:

Why are animal walks important and why bother doing 
them before a fine motor activity?

Besides the wonderful alphabet activities this book offers, I truly enjoyed the incorporation of American Sign Language. This is very beneficial for my students who have speech and language delay.

This activity is my favorite!
The question is, how many of your littles need 
help with proper pencil grasp? Most of them I bet!
Even for the students who doesn't need pencil grasp help can 
truly benefit from this activity.

Parents, teachers, and therapists will benefit from this interactive and informative book that highlights the WHY behind the activities. More importantly, children will benefit because they will be guided by adults who see more than a fun craft or cute project. The adults will see, and understand, the true benefit behind each task. Why ask why – because it’s important!

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