Developmentally Appropriate Curriculums

 

A quality program adjusts the activities so each child has a chance to work on their weaknesses and build their strengths. The photo on the left shows a chart where we looked at our printed names from our name cards and called out the letters in them. We graphed how many times each letter appeared and found out the most common letter in all of our names.

The next day we extended the activity to find out how many letters fell under each number.

 

This was great practice for the kids to recognise the letters in their names as well as count and compare.

A unit on dinosaurs may include

  • Make a "fossil" using clay and plastic dinosaur figures (science, small motor)
  • We can use a life size cut out of a dinosaur foot print and fill it with their shoes to see how many will fit in
  • Sort a bucket of dinosaur figures by shape, size or attributes (begging math pattern skills)
  • Read a variety of non fiction and fiction books like Edwina, the Dinosaur who didn't know she was Extinct (Early literacy, science)
  • Make dinosaur cookie cut-outs (science, social studies)
  • Create Triceratops masks (Art, social studies)
  • Build a dinosaur habitat from a shoebox (science)
  • Play dinosaur hop scotch (large motor)
  • Our library is filled with books in every subject from dinosaurs to feelings  to science. Alphabet and rhyming books further language development and well written non fiction invites dialogue and critical thinking skills. Reading, retelling and talking about the characters combined with extended activities builds a love of reading and vocabulary development.

    Learning to use scissors is easier when cutting is part of our activity. Learning by doing is a cornerstone of a developmentally  appropriate program