I have heard from so many teachers, caregivers and parents, requesting to have access again to this preschool curriculum, which I had "retired" last year. So I have decided to offer it again.
I call it "classic", because I sold it for years on my website, and I retired it because many of the graphics were outdated, and I have created many more resources since I designed this curriculum. However, it was extremely popular, for its ease of use (daily activities linked to the printable activity pages), and because of its large size and low price.
As well as a daily curriculum for each month from September to June, and a "summer camp" (ages 3 through 7) style program for the summer, there are separate resources for teaching letters, numbers, shapes, colors, rhyming, opposites and more. I have not done any updating to the monthly lesson plans, but have substituted some of my newer resources for the concept files.
See a list of all the themes for each month HERE
See a curriculum sample HERE
.Here is the list o 22 resources in the pack. Updated files are shown with an asterisk.
- All Around the Alphabet*
- Alphabet Posters with Photos*
- April Curriculum
- 10 Categorizing Games
- Color Activities Using Photos*
- December Curriculum
- February Curriculum
- Flashcards using BIG photos
- Go-Togethers Center
- January Curriculum
- June Curriculum
- Numbers Teaching Posters
- Shapes Cards and Games
- March Curriculum
- May Curriculum
- November Curriculum
- Numbers Activities 1-10
- October Curriculum
- Opposites Center and Printables*
- Rhyming Activity Centers*
- September Curriculum
- "Summer Camp" Program
There are between 150 and 200 pages in each monthly curriculum.
Here is my introduction to the curriculum - it talks about the teaching style and content focus.
Have you noticed how eager you are to learn more about the subjects that capture your interest? It’s exactly the same with children—whenever something sparks their interest, they soak up everything they can find out about it, quickly, deeply and intensely, learning that will last forever. As teachers and caregivers, we carefully listen for their WOW! of discovery, and then get to work, setting the stage, creating the mood, subtly encouraging the children to follow their inspiration.
Books of all kinds are made available, writing and drawing materials, blocks and construction equipment, dramatic play accessories, music of the world and our hearts, and all kinds of math and science discovery materials. The children ask and measure, and listen, and think, and consider, and conclude, and perform, and disagree, and create, and take apart, and dance, and their imaginations fly. The spark is kindled, and the fires of learning are ignited.
The KidSparkz! Curriculum….
• is a developmentally appropriate program fulfilling the needs and appreciating the differences of individual children. Most activities can be enjoyed by children aged three to five.
• Provides a balance of child initiated and teacher-focused activities; active and quiet activities; and group and individual activities
• Combines aspects of the Project Approach, Reggio Emilia emergent curriculum, and theme-based curricula to create a hands-on, active program where children interact with each other and materials, co-operating and collaborating.
• Builds upon what the children already know and are able to do, to enable them to connect new concepts and skills
• Encourages parents to be partners in learning
The KidSparkz! Curriculum is flexible. Each daily module is integrated, so that each activity complements the others and builds layers of learning and discovery opportunities. The daily program can be used alone, sequentially, seasonally, or as an interest emerges amongst the children. Although building on an interest that has developed naturally during the day is ideal, every day in the KidSparkz! Curriculum begins with a SPARK activity guaranteed to ignite a sense of curiosity and a desire to explore further. Because the interest in the topic and the excitement of discovery will not take a particular path, more ideas for activities, songs and books are added to each unit, so that one day’s projects may extend to a week, a month, or even longer.
The daily modules may be used to inspire, extend, illuminate, provoke and reinforce, but improvise and affirm with your own ideas and imagination to fully support the nascent joy of learning in your preschoolers.
In addition to a SPARK activity, each day presents suggestions for a Community Learning Circle, Creative Art, Music and Movement, Child-Centered Discovery, Games, and a Story. The Creative Art projects are all imagined and completed by the child, perhaps with inspiration from a song, or a story, or the art materials themselves. The Community Learning Circle presents ideas for conversation, language development and learning games.
Letters and numbers appear throughout the Curriculum in games, art projects and stories, always with a relationship to the current activity so that the child can link the letter or number to a concrete concept. There are many activities that extend the concepts of literacy and numeracy, such as sequencing, classifying, and developing memory. Stories are chosen for their beautiful illustrations, excellent writing, and their relevance to the children’s experience. Favorites can be read over and over again, stimulating conversations about the characters, the pictures, and what might happen next.
The intricate complexity of the people and cultures of our world is interwoven daily in the KidSparkz! Curriculum. The children are introduced to and surrounded by music, songs, stories, art methods and objects, customs and foods from various aspects of human experience and history. Relevant cultural holidays are joyfully celebrated, and every child and family can feel included and respected.
The KidSparkz! Curriculum can be used with any number of children, with minimal preparation, and requiring only basic and easily obtainable materials and supplies. It can be carried out in most environments, from a small Family Childcare home in one room, to a large center designed with defined interest areas. The activities appeal in different ways to children in the age range of 30 months to five years in mixed age grouping, and can also be successfully used in a same-age classroom, or for a parent creating a learning program for their preschooler at home.
If you are interested in this type of developmentally appropriate lesson planning, check out my recently created "Pre-K Theme for Day" series.