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Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)

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Definition: Simply put, curriculum as it relates to preschool is the academic content of a child's day. But anyone who has taught or has had a child attend preschool, knows that curriculum is an imperative, complex concept that includes a host of activities and learning experiences. Preschool curriculum encompasses everything that a child learns in the preschool classroom, including but not limited to:
  • daily activities -- circle time, song time, active play time, story time, craft time, etc.
  • the transitional period that exists between activities
  • any everyday activity and routine that the children participate in and know to expect

Preschool curriculum, no matter what the philosophy (Bank Street, Reggio Emilia, High/Scope, etc.), should promote learning while helping children meet various language, social, physical and cognitive goals. In an ideal situation, a quality preschool's curriculum will be taught be certified teachers and be based on the most up-to-date childhood education research. Depending upon the school, the preschool curriculum can be developed by administrators, teachers and parents.

Related: What to Ask at a Preschool Interview

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