The main set of materials the School District of Beloit uses in the 4K program is Creative Curriculum. There are daily resource units, as well as, strategies in the Interest Centers, Literacy and Mathematics books. Each of the components are equally important in developing the whole child. The 1st unit of the year is "Getting ready for the school year." 1st semester schools can select the order of their units: trees & clothes. 2nd semester schools can select from buildings, reduce/recycle/reuse and balls.
In between the Creative Curriculum units, teachers and schools have created thematic units based on seasons, special events, and books/songs. These units are engaging and increase students vocabulary about the world around them. Those units might include special visitors, field trips, and celebrations. Those units might include apples, pumpkins, farms, snow, mittens, 100th day of school, gingerbread, and so much more. During those units all of their literacy, math, and interest areas are designated to the theme. Those units still use the Creative Curriculum strategies from the Foundations, Literacy, and Math instructional books.
The School District of Beloit has also adopted other materials to reinforce the Literacy, Math, Social/Emotional Learning & Interest Centers.
-Learning without tears is a special preschool program that develops a students drawing, alphabet knowledge, colors/coloring, handwriting, pre-writing, and writing skills. You may hear about "Mat Man." Learning Without Tears "Get Set for School" Pre-K
-Jolly Phonics helps to develop a students phonemic awareness.
-Heggerty Phonemic Awareness had been adopted by some buildings for explicit phonemc instruction. Sample Scope and Sequence for Phonemic Awareness All buildings will be using Heggety in the 2019-2020 school year.
-Second Step is our Social/Emotional learning materials. "Help your littlest learners harness their energy and potential by teaching them to: Listen, Pay attention, Manage their behavior & Get along with others. Second Step website link
Strategies with teacher selected materials
-Emergent Reading skills - Teachers often will reread high interest stories to develop a student's emergent reading skills. Teachers will select books depending on the time of year and their students interest. Emergent Readers - Look that's my letter!
-Concept about Print - Teachers will often use read alouds or other books to develop a students Concept about Print (CAP) Marie Clay calls concepts about print “the rules of the road,” and writes, “Teachers must teach so that all children become knowledgeable about these essential concepts so they open doors to literacy.” She explains that teachers who have an understanding of what aspects of print their students are attending to can introduce students early on to print conventions through experiences in both reading and writing—especially through focused instruction in the first six months of school (Clay, 2000, pp. 24-25).
- Concept of book
-Name Writing - Students are working on learning their name daily. That might include recognizing, tracing, or writing their name. Teachers differentiate their lessons based on the development of the child. Those lessons might be in large group, small group, or individual sessions. That could look like a teacher showing a students name to select their interest centers, tracing their name on a pouch, or writing their name on a grocery list. Teachers have the ability to use a variety of materials to achieve the name writing goal.