Overview - EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM
The 19-unit PCI Early Childhood Curriculum
, developed by kindergarten teacher Brenda Burdine Thornton, includes a full year of active learning ideas and reproducible activities. Based upon the concept that curriculum should be designed to 'fit the child,' the program is comprised of thematic units that integrate basic skills with extension activities for students of all levels. This organizational teaching tool provides more time for instruction because less time is spent on preparation.
Each unit is centered around a one- or two-week theme that incorporates important beginning reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills. Objectives, preparation tips, daily lesson plans, learning center ideas, patterns for "hands-on" games, and hundreds of reproducible paper-pencil activities are included in each book.
How the Curriculum Works
The program offers a structured daily routine that both new and experienced early childhood and kindergarten teachers will find easy to implement. Students learn to manage their own time, as they move from whole-class discussion to small-group lessons to independent practice.
Large Group Discussion
At the beginning of each day, the teacher reads a recommended story related to the theme, which is followed by a lesson. Next, students participate in an interactive discussion.
Students work at their own pace to complete simple paper-pencil, coloring, manipulative, and cut-and-paste assignments.
The teacher meets with various groups of 4-5 children to reinforce that day's lesson and basic academic skills.
'Hands-on' game ideas in each unit develop skills in three areas: language, math, and visual and fine motor. Children are encouraged to earn one ticket in each area per day before they explore the learning centers.
Twelve learning centers are described in the curriculum. Lists of general and unit-specific materials for each center are included in each book.
The entire class gathers to review the day's lesson.
This comprehensive program can be purchased as a complete 19-unit curriculum, or individual unit books can be ordered separately.
Going To The Fair
I'm Me! I'm Special!
SCHOOL RULES UNIT BOOK:
The School Rules unit covers rules associated with the classroom, the school cafeteria, the school playground, and the school bus. This one-week unit also serves as an introduction to the Early Childhood Curriculum routines and procedures and can be used during the first week of school or later in the year.
NURSERY RHYMES UNIT BOOK:
The Nursery Rhymes unit covers ten familiar nursery rhymes, including "Little Miss Muffet" and "Humpty Dumpty." This two-week unit also introduces children to the letter Yy.
SHAPES UNIT BOOK:
The one-week Shapes unit covers circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and diamonds. Children learn to find and recognize these shapes in everyday life.
GOING TO THE FAIR UNIT BOOK:
The Going to the Fair unit covers foods, rides, games, activities, and animals commonly found at fairs. This one-week unit ends with an optional field trip to a local fair.
I'M ME! I'M SPECIAL! UNIT BOOK:
The I'm Me! I'm Special! unit teaches children about the human body and major body parts, left and right, family, and birthdays. This one-week unit helps children learn about themselves.
FIVE SENSES UNIT BOOK:
The Five Senses unit covers the senses and their associated body parts. This one-week unit also introduces children to the letters Hh and Tt.
FIRE PREVENTION UNIT BOOK:
The Fire Prevention unit covers fires, fire fighters, fire trucks, and fire safety. This one-week unit also introduces children to the letter Ff.
FALL UNIT BOOK:
The Fall unit teaches children about the fall season, trees, leaves, acorns and other nuts, and scarecrows and crows. This one-week unit also introduces the letter Oo.
APPLE UNIT BOOK:
The Apple unit teaches children about apples, parts of apples, foods made from apples, apple orchards, and Johnny Appleseed. This one-week unit also introduces the letter Aa.
WINTER UNIT BOOK:
The Winter unit teaches children about the winter season, winter activities, winter clothing, snow and snowmen, penguins, and polar bears. This one-week unit also introduces the letters Pp, Ss, and Ww.
FOREST ANIMALS UNIT BOOK:
The Forest Animals unit teaches children about forests and forest animals, including deer, chipmunks, and beavers. This two-week unit also introduces the letters Cc, Bb, and Mm.
U.S. PRESIDENTS UNIT BOOK:
The U.S. Presidents unit teaches children about the current President, the White House, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. This one-week unit also introduces the letters Gg and Ll.
MONEY UNIT BOOK:
The Money unit covers pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. This one-week unit also introduces the letters Dd, Nn, Pp, and Qq.
SPACE UNIT BOOK:
The Space unit teaches children about the nine planets, stars, the sun, the moon, astronauts, and space travel. This one-week unit also introduces the letters Jj and Vv.
ZOO UNIT BOOK
The Zoo unit teaches children about zoos and zoo animals, including elephants, giraffes, and lions. This two-week unit also introduces the letters Ee and Zz.
SPRING UNIT BOOK:
The Spring unit teaches children about the spring season, trees, flowers, rain, rainbows, and kites. This one-week unit also introduces the letters Rr, Kk, and Uu.
INSECTS UNIT BOOK:
The Insects unit teaches children about insects, including ladybugs, fireflies, and butterflies. This one-week unit also introduces the letter Ii.
FARM UNIT BOOK:
The Farm unit teaches children about farm animals, farm tools and equipment, and farm crops. This two-week unit also introduces the letters Cc and Ff.
GINGERBREAD UNIT BOOK:
The Gingerbread unit covers gingerbread, gingerbread houses, and The Gingerbread Man. This one-week unit also introduces the letter Xx.