The KidSparkz! Preschool Curriculum is a series of 240 simply integrated days full of activities, each based on a topic or theme. Each daily plan contains suggestions for Creative Art; Discovery and Exploration; Music; Group Discussion; Games; Stories; and a specific Spark! activity designed to focus curiosity and interest. There are over 2000 different written activities in the basic curriculum, many of them linked to a co-ordinating activity printable to extend the learning.
Preschool teachers, home daycare owners, and parents of preschoolers have found that the daily program is:
EASY to understand, follow and use,
SUCCESSFUL -- the children really enjoy the activities and games, and while they are having fun, they are learning
INEXPENSIVE and simple to prepare the daily activities, since the program makes use of items normally found in a home or a school, and the list of extra supplies needed (included in the curriculum) is very short.
FLEXIBLE, because although each daily integrated sequence of activities is self contained, and CAN be completed within 3 hours, it can be creatively extended for days, as long as interest in the topic lasts
IDEAL for all levels of experience. For those just beginning, the activity ideas can be followed exactly to provide lots of fun and learning experiences for the children. For those with more experience, the ideas provide a springboard to spread the wings of creativity, and a reminder of songs, stories and activities they may have used successfully in the past.
AUTHENTIC, because it is based on proven and longstanding educational theory and practice (Vygotsky, Piaget), and complementing the latest findings in early education (Project Approach, Theme-Based)
The children play; they have fun; they learn and love it; they develop a strong curiosity and sense of discovery and creativity that will lead them into Kindergarten, as well as into the rest of their lives.
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