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Currículo preescolar: Learn Every Day™

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Resumen

Learn Every Day: El currículo preescolar consta de 36 unidades temáticas y más de 1,300 actividades de aprendizaje. Este currículo incorpora la lectoescritura, matemáticas, ciencias, estudios sociales y artes creativas en cada unidad.

Resumen de la evaluación del currículo

  • Proporciona actividades en todos los dominios del desarrollo, pero las prácticas de enseñanza basadas en la investigación son más evidentes en los dominios de la lectoescritura y matemáticas.
  • Proporciona estrategias y recursos específicos para fomentar el compromiso de los padres y las familias.
  • Incluye indicaciones específicas para prolongar el aprendizaje de los niños en todas las actividades.
  • Proporciona orientación específica sobre cómo establecer el horario diario, las rutinas y los entornos interiores y exteriores bien organizados y atrayentes.
  • Ofrece adaptaciones específicas para niños con discapacidades, sospechas de retraso u otras necesidades especiales.
  • Está moderadamente alineado con el Marco de Head Start sobre los resultados del aprendizaje temprano de los niños (ELOF, sigla en inglés), pero carece de orientación integral en los siguientes subdominios: Autorregulación Cognitiva, Relación con Adultos, Relación con Otros Niños, Funcionamiento Emocional, Comunicación y Habla, y Conocimiento del Alfabeto y de la Palabra Impresa, Salud, Seguridad y Nutrición.
  • Carece de una secuencia de experiencias de aprendizaje basadas en progresiones del desarrollo de los niños.
  • Carece de orientación integral sobre la evaluación continua de los niños.
  • Carece de formación inicial estandarizada y desarrollo profesional continuo integral.
  • Carece de amplias oportunidades para el juego iniciado por los niños, actividades basadas en los intereses del niño y actividades que promueven la exploración abierta.
  • Carece de orientación sobre interacciones, experiencias de aprendizaje y materiales culturalmente receptivos.
  • Carece de orientación específica para los andamios para el desarrollo y el aprendizaje de los niños que aprenden en dos idiomas (DLL, sigla en inglés).
  • Carece de orientación sobre la individualización de las experiencias de aprendizaje basadas en las fortalezas y necesidades de los niños.
Website: http://learneverydayabout.com/

Detalles

Cost of Curriculum

Learn Every Day: El currículo preescolar — Fundamentos para el aprendizaje, volumen 1 y volumen 2: $149.95 por aula

Cost of Professional Development

Los costos para el desarrollo profesional in situ y en línea no están disponibles públicamente en el sitio web del editor.

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Availability in Other Languages

El currículo solo está disponible en inglés.

Target Age

Programas preescolares basados en el centro para niños de 3 a 5 años

Curriculum Materials Reviewed by Raters

 Todos los materiales de Learn Every Day se compraron y se revisaron en 2018. Entre estos materiales se encontraban:

  • Learn Every Day™: El currículo preescolar — Fundamentos para el aprendizaje,
  •  Learn Every Day™: El currículo preescolar, volumen 1,  
  • Learn Every Day™: El currículo preescolar, volumen 2,
  • Learn Every Day™: el CD del currículo preescolar.   

 

Evaluación y valoraciones

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Criterio 1

Base empírica para los resultados del niño

La evidencia empírica de la investigación demuestra que el currículo se ha asociado con los resultados positivos del aprendizaje de los niños. El currículo ha sido implementado y estudiado directamente en programas de la primera infancia, y la investigación ha demostrado efectos positivos y significativos en los resultados del desarrollo de los niños. Se han obtenido pruebas de eficacia en estudios de investigación rigurosos, como ensayos controlados aleatorizados o diseños de regresión discontinua. Los estudios de investigación sobre el currículo han incluido de manera óptima varios grupos diversos de niños y maestros.

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At the time of this review, there are no available published research studies on Learn Every Day™: The Preschool Curriculum (Learn Every Day™). Research investigating the curriculum is needed in order to establish evidence on children's learning outcomes.

Criterio 2

Currículo basado en la investigación

El currículo proporciona contenido basado en la investigación y las prácticas de enseñanza para apoyar el desarrollo y el aprendizaje de los niños. Un currículo basado en la investigación es consistente con la investigación acerca de cómo se desarrollan y aprenden los niños. Específicamente, proporciona contenido rico, prácticas de enseñanza y experiencias de aprendizaje que la investigación ha demostrado que son eficaces para apoyar el desarrollo y el aprendizaje de los niños. Un currículo basado en la investigación se centra en contenido y habilidades específicas por dominio y es apropiado para el nivel de desarrollo, los cuales contribuyen al desarrollo de los niños a largo plazo en cada dominio.

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Approaches to Learning: The curriculum promotes a few research-based teaching practices to support children's approaches to learning, such as guidance on classroom organization (e.g., sample half- and full-day schedules, a chapter on transitions) and classroom management (e.g., remind, redirect, and remove; enact logical consequences; create classroom rules with children). Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum—Foundations for Learning (Foundations for Learning) describes the importance of sensitive, responsive caring but lacks guidance on how to build relationships with children. In addition, most lessons, including those for learning centers, are highly structured and leave little room for open-ended exploration, which research shows is important for nurturing persistence, curiosity, and creativity.

Social and Emotional Development: Learn Every Day promotes a few research-based strategies in this domain. The suggested daily schedule and routines provide formal and informal opportunities for children to interact with peers and practice social skills (e.g., during Center Time, small group experiences, and learning center activities). Foundations for Learning describes the importance of early interactions and relationships. It suggests that teachers help children learn to identify how they feel and teach them basic problem-solving skills. The Volumes offer few activities to help children understand and express their emotions (e.g., invite children to think of ways they can make their bodies show feelings such as happy, excited, proud, and angry; read a book about feelings and talk about how we feel when we are happy, sad, and so on). However, the curriculum provides limited guidance on how to establish an emotionally supportive environment, build secure, trusting relationships with children, and support children's emotion regulation. Additionally, the curriculum lacks guidance on how to resolve conflicts during daily routines.

Language and Communication: The curriculum promotes a few research-based teaching practices in this domain, such as supporting vocabulary development. The Volumes offer suggested vocabulary for each unit and guidance on how to introduce and integrate new vocabulary. Guidance for Small Group and Literacy Center includes some learning experiences that use the sounds of language to develop phonological awareness (e.g., identify rhyming words in a story, invite children to make up rhymes). Lessons offer scripts with mostly known-answer questions that limit opportunities for communication rich with oral language and for teachers' use, modeling, and scaffolding of complex language. Additionally, Learn Every Day lacks guidance on how to facilitate language experiences that build on children's existing knowledge, skills, and interests.

Literacy: The curriculum promotes some research-based teaching practices in this domain. It provides multiple meaningful opportunities for children to discuss, use, and create print materials (e.g., Literacy Center, Small Group, daily sign-in). Guidance for daily read-alouds includes some questions and prompts that promote critical literacy skills, such as concepts about print, text comprehension, and enjoyment of books (e.g., while reading a story, introduce the author, illustrator, and title page; ask children to share what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story). Learning centers (e.g., Literacy, Fine Motor, Sand and Water) offer meaningful contexts to support children's alphabet knowledge. For example, in the Fine Motor Center, children use a variety of items to spell out or trace the letters of their names. Though emergent writing and "writing center necessities" are described in Foundations for Learning, the thematic units lack guidance on providing varied, meaningful opportunities to develop children's emergent writing skills (e.g., in most writing experiences, children are encouraged to trace their name, letters, or words). In addition, the curriculum includes little evidence for planning literacy experiences based on rich and engaging content or children's interests. 

Mathematics Development: Learn Every Day promotes some research-based teaching practices to support children's development of mathematical concepts and skills. Intentionally planned experiences with math are integrated into Large Group, Small Group, Math Center, as well as other learning center activities. For example, at the Sand and Water Center, teachers encourage children to guess, count, and compare how many cups of rice it will take to fill different size bowls. Learning experiences provide many opportunities to introduce children to the language of mathematics, practice math skills, and apply math purposefully in meaningful contexts (e.g., after reading a story, children compare the school in the story to their own school; collect natural treasures and sort them by attributes, such as color and texture; search for patterns in the classroom). However, the learning experiences do not appear to be sequenced based on children's developmental progressions. Additionally, math learning experiences are highly structured, offering few opportunities for children to engage in inquiry and creative invention.

Scientific Reasoning: The curriculum promotes a few research-based teaching practices in this domain, such as embedding science into daily activities and guiding teachers to support the development of important inquiry skills. For example, learning centers such as Discovery Science and Sand and Water offer daily opportunities for children to engage in hands-on exploration. Foundations for Learning provides principles that explain how children learn about science through everyday activities. The Volumes include prompts for teachers to encourage children to use language and other forms of communication to describe and document their work (e.g., as children smell various scent jars, encourage them to use descriptive and comparative words to describe what they smell). Though the majority of science learning experiences engage children in hands-on exploration, they have specific instructions for children to follow, leaving little room for open-ended exploration. Additional limitations are that science learning experiences do not build on children's natural abilities, prior knowledge, experiences, and interests. The curriculum also lacks multiple, varied conceptually related learning experiences that allow children to explore science concepts in depth.

Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: The curriculum promotes a few research-based practices to support children's perceptual, motor, and physical development. The curriculum's learning experiences support the development of fine motor skills. For example, the Fine Motor Center and other learning center activities (e.g., Art, Math, and Discovery Science Centers) offer opportunities to cut, paint, write, and draw. This allows children to manipulate small objects as part of learning experiences (e.g., stringing beads to create a pattern, arranging leaves by size). However, while some lessons provide direction for the Outdoor Activities Center, the curriculum lacks a variety of opportunities for children to practice gross motor skills. The Learn Every Day About Safety Unit uses multiple strategies to introduce children to a wide range of personal safety topics (e.g., traffic safety, water safety, first aid), but the curriculum includes little to no guidance on handwashing, self-care skills, and how to create indoor and outdoor environments that encourage active physical exploration.

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Alcance y secuencia

El currículo incluye un alcance y una secuencia organizados del desarrollo para apoyar el aprendizaje de los niños. El alcance y la secuencia describen en qué se enfoca el currículo y de qué manera los planes y los materiales apoyan a los niños en los diferentes niveles del desarrollo. El alcance se refiere a las áreas de desarrollo abordadas en el currículo; la secuencia incluye planes y materiales para experiencias de aprendizaje que van progresivamente de menor a mayor complejidad, con la meta de apoyar a los niños mientras avanzan a través de las progresiones del desarrollo. Un currículo rico en contenido garantiza que las secuencias de experiencias de aprendizaje incluyan múltiples oportunidades relacionadas para que los niños exploren un concepto o una habilidad con una profundidad cada vez mayor. Las secuencias de experiencias de aprendizaje deben ser flexibles para responder a los intereses, las fortalezas y las necesidades individuales de los niños.

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Scope: Learn Every Day clearly identifies nine developmental domains: Arts and Creativity, Cognitive Skills, Communication, Literacy, Mathematics, Personal Health and Development, Science Constructs, Social and Emotional Skills, and Social Studies. The Volumes provide planned learning activities to support children's development in these domains. However, some domains (e.g., Arts and Creativity, Social and Emotional Skills) are only partially addressed, as there are few learning experiences that foster related concepts and skills.

Sequence: Foundations for Learning advises teachers to introduce the units in order, stating that the units get more challenging and complex. The concepts in Volume 1 are more directly related to children's lives and their immediate environment (e.g., Me, My Family, My Five Senses). The topics in Volume 2 become more abstract and focus on how the world works in relation to social studies and life and earth sciences (e.g., Friends Around the World, Ocean, Rocks, and Minerals). Within some units, skills in lessons appear to build upon each other (e.g., counting comes before graphing, sets and classifying come before comparing). However, with regard to specific skills and concepts in the developmental domains (e.g., Print and Alphabet Knowledge, Counting, Sorting), the sequences of learning experiences in the curriculum are not based on children's developmental progressions.

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Alineación con el Marco de Head Start sobre los resultados del aprendizaje temprano de los niños (ELOF)

El currículo está alineado con el Marco de Head Start sobre los resultados del aprendizaje temprano de los niños (ELOF, sigla en inglés). Alinear un currículo con el ELOF determina el grado en que los dominios y subdominios del ELOF se abordan en el currículo. Los currículos que están totalmente alineados con el ELOF son integrales y abarcan todas las áreas de aprendizaje y desarrollo de los niños descritas en el ELOF.

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Alignment with the ELOF: A thorough review of all the curriculum materials indicates that Learn Every Dayis moderately aligned with the seven ELOF preschool domains. The learning experiences described in the Volumes provide opportunities for children to build skills in each of the sub-domains. However, the following sub-domains are only partially addressed: Cognitive Self-Regulation, Relationships with Adults, Relationships with Other Children, Emotional Functioning, Communicating and Speaking, Print and Alphabet Knowledge, and Health, Safety, and Nutrition.

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Metas de aprendizaje para los niños

El currículo especifica metas de aprendizaje para los niños. Las metas de aprendizaje del currículo son objetivos para el desarrollo y el aprendizaje de los niños en todos los dominios. Las metas de aprendizaje deben ser medibles y apropiadas para el desarrollo. Las metas de aprendizaje medibles se centran en habilidades, comportamientos y conocimientos que son observables; las metas de aprendizaje apropiadas para el desarrollo son consistentes con las progresiones de desarrollo bien establecidas. Los maestros deben ser capaces de utilizar las metas de aprendizaje de un currículo para individualizar las experiencias de aprendizaje para todos los niños, como para niños de diversas culturas, niños que aprenden en dos idiomas (DLL, sigla en inglés), niños que están aprendiendo lenguas tribales y niños con discapacidades u otras necesidades especiales.

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Learning Goals: The Volumes identify developmentally appropriate "objectives" by learning domain at the beginning of each unit. Some of the objectives are stated as measurable learning goals (e.g., identify name in print, classify by color), but many are not measurable (e.g., recognize the value of transportation in society, be exposed to children's literature and cultures from around the world). Objectives are not consistently addressed within the units. While most learning activities described in the Volumes would support children in making progress toward the objectives listed, some objectives are not addressed within the unit's lesson plans. In addition, the curriculum lacks guidance on how to use the learning goals to individualize learning experiences for all children.

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Evaluación continua del niño

El currículo proporciona orientación sobre la evaluación continua de los niños. La evaluación continua del niño es el proceso de reunir información para comprender y apoyar el desarrollo de los niños a lo largo del tiempo. La información recopilada a través de la observación y la documentación ayuda a programar la planificación curricular, la enseñanza y la individualización para todos los niños. La evaluación continua del niño también se puede utilizar para llevar a cabo periódicamente instrumentos de evaluación estandarizados y estructurados para evaluar el progreso del desarrollo de los niños.

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Ongoing Observation and Documentation: Learn Every Day™ provides some general guidance about how teachers can observe children's development and learning. For example, Foundations for Learning suggests using informal assessment (e.g., anecdotal records, individual child portfolios, small group observation) to record specific events that indicate growth and development, record a child's development over time, and demonstrate progress toward meeting state standards and outcomes. However, related guidance is not specific, nor is it embedded throughout curriculum materials. While Foundations for Learning states that ongoing observation allows teachers to introduce appropriate activities to support acquired and emerging skills, the curriculum lacks further details on how to use assessment information to plan instruction.

Standardized and Structured Assessment Instruments: Foundations for Learning defines different types of assessment, including formal assessment. It explains that programs can purchase a criterion-referenced (structured) assessment instrument (Learning Accomplishment Profile, 3rd Edition) from the publisher. However, the curriculum does not describe the importance of using standardized or structured assessments, nor does it address the importance of selecting instruments that are valid and reliable or individually, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for the children who are to be assessed.

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Compromiso de los padres y las familias

El currículo promueve el compromiso de los padres y la familia. El compromiso de los padres y la familia es un proceso basado en la colaboración y las fortalezas a través del cual los maestros de la primera infancia, las familias y los niños desarrollan relaciones positivas y orientadas a una meta. Es una responsabilidad compartida de las familias y el personal que se construye sobre el respeto mutuo por los roles y las fortalezas que cada uno tiene para ofrecer. El currículo proporciona estrategias cultural y lingüísticamente receptivas para comunicarse con las familias y para involucrar a las familias en el aprendizaje de los niños.

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Communicating with Families: "Stepping Stones to Family Involvement," in Foundations for Learning, describes the importance of communicating with families. It suggests that teachers learn from families about what a child does well, his likes and dislikes, and what he finds challenging. The curriculum recommends scheduling conferences and parent meetings in advance and using communication notebooks for two-way communication. In addition, the curriculum's website includes parent letters (in English) that describe what the children are doing in the classroom during each unit. Even so, most communication is unidirectional, and the curriculum lacks guidance on how to interact with diverse families.

Engaging Families: Learn Every Day™ provides specific guidance on how to engage families and parents in their children's learning. For example, the "Home Stretch" section of each lesson suggests ways families can extend children's learning at home (e.g., encourage children to look outside for four things that are colorful; ask parents to show their children their favorite exercise); parent letters repeat these suggestions. However, there is limited consideration for how to engage parents from diverse cultures, parents who speak languages other than English or Spanish, and parents with disabilities or other special needs.

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Desarrollo profesional y materiales para apoyar la implementación

El currículo ofrece desarrollo profesional y materiales para apoyar la implementación y la mejora continua. El desarrollo profesional incluye la adquisición de los conocimientos y las habilidades requeridas para la implementación eficaz de un currículo. Los procedimientos de capacitación estandarizados incluyen formación inicial y continua para apoyar al personal de educación a medida que aprenden a implementar un currículo con fidelidad. Los procedimientos de capacitación estandarizados proporcionan contenido uniforme y métodos de impartición en las sesiones de capacitación. Los materiales del currículo para apoyar la implementación de los mismos incluyen recursos que vienen con un currículo para ayudar al personal docente a entender cómo utilizarlo. Los materiales pueden incluir también recursos para ayudar a los gerentes de educación y a los instructores a apoyar al personal docente para que implementen el currículo de manera eficaz.

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Professional Development: The curriculum's website identifies a team of national trainers who offer customized implementation trainings for an additional fee. The publisher also provides a three-hour online course for an additional cost, which includes topics such as brain development, social and emotional development, and learning environments. While other professional development can be obtained through the publisher, it is not curriculum-specific. Overall, initial training is not standardized, and professional development opportunities are limited in scope.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: Learn Every Day provides materials to support implementation. Foundations for Learning includes an overview of curriculum materials, sample daily schedules, chapters on specific topics (e.g., learning centers, teaching children who are DLLs and children with special needs). The Volumes offer lesson plans that describe learning experiences (e.g., large group, small group, learning centers) for the curriculum's 36 units. "Resources for Teachers" repeats some information from Foundations for Learning as well as other materials, such as samples of a classroom layout, a daily lesson planner, and parent letters. Though Foundations for Learning mentions the Learn Every Day website, it does not identify the curriculum resources available online. Hence, supports for implementation are not organized or presented systematically.

  • Fidelity Tool: Learn Every Day™ does not include a fidelity tool.

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Interacciones y experiencias de aprendizaje

El currículo promueve experiencias de aprendizaje e interacciones valiosas para apoyar el desarrollo entre los dominios. Las experiencias de aprendizaje valiosas apoyan y amplían el conocimiento, la comprensión de los conceptos y las habilidades de los niños en todos los dominios. A medida que los niños exploran activamente su entorno de aprendizaje al manipular objetos e investigar conceptos, los maestros interactúan con ellos para ampliar su exploración, pensamiento y comunicación. El currículo les ofrece a los niños numerosas oportunidades para participar en la exploración práctica y les proporciona a los maestros orientación sobre cómo extender la exploración, el pensamiento y la comunicación de los niños. Las experiencias de aprendizaje valiosas deben ser cultural y lingüísticamente receptivas e inclusivas para niños con discapacidades, sospechas de retrasos u otras necesidades especiales.

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Active Exploration: Foundations for Learning describes the importance of hands-on exploration for children's learning (e.g., Children learn best in an active environment where they can design, choose, implement, and influence their activities). The Volumes describe a variety of learning centers (e.g., Blocks, Math, Art, Sand and Water) with open-ended materials that promote hands-on exploration. A limitation of the learning centers and experiences described in the Volumes is they do not provide children with ample opportunities to engage in open-ended exploration. The learning centers and other learning experiences are structured and provide specific directions about what children are to do with the materials. For example, in the Home Living Center, teachers are guided to ask children to find shapes among the materials available in the center. During Child Choice, children may revisit a learning center; however, it is unclear whether children must follow the directions provided or if they may engage with materials in open-ended ways and create and experiment with materials.

Interactions That Extend Learning: The Volumes provide guidance on how to use teacher-child interactions to extend children's learning. Most activities within the lesson plans include specific questions for teachers to ask to promote communication and thinking (e.g., How are the bears alike? What's bigger than this watermelon?). Though the prompts encourage children to think and communicate, there is less support for extending children's exploration of materials.

Individualization: Learn Every Day provides specific guidance embedded throughout the curriculum materials on how to ensure learning experiences are relevant for children with disabilities, suspected delays, or other special needs. "Children with Special Needs: Blending All Learnings in a Preschool Setting," a chapter in Foundations for Learning, includes general guidelines as well as specific adaptations. In addition, each unit lists "Special Needs Adaptations" that address specific ways to make learning experiences accessible for children with visual and hearing impairments, cognitive, motor, speech and language delays, and emotional and behavioral issues. The "Teaching Dual and English Language Learners" chapter in Foundations for Learning and one "DLL Tip" per thematic unit offer general guidance on how to support children who are DLLs (e.g., extend learning by maintaining themes for days at a time, use keyword lists for each theme, conduct home-language surveys). However, the curriculum lacks specific guidance on how to authentically incorporate children's languages and cultures throughout learning activities and learning centers.

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Entornos de aprendizaje y rutinas

El currículo proporciona orientación sobre cómo configurar entornos de aprendizaje valiosos y rutinas apropiadas para el desarrollo. Los entornos de aprendizaje valiosos son espacios que fomentan y apoyan el desarrollo de todos los niños pequeños. El currículo proporciona orientación sobre cómo diseñar horarios apropiados para el desarrollo, las rutinas y las oportunidades en el interior o al aire libre que proveen opciones para elegir, jugar, explorar y experimentar. Los entornos de aprendizaje incluyen equipos, materiales y suministros apropiados de acuerdo a la edad. También reflejan las culturas del hogar y son lo suficientemente flexibles como para apoyar los cambios de edad, intereses y características de un grupo de niños a través del tiempo.

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Environment: Various chapters of Foundations for Learning (e.g., "Learning Centers," "Emergent Writing," and "Science and Math") provide general guidance for classroom organization and how to set up the physical environment to promote flexible learning opportunities. In addition, the website offers a sample classroom layout. Outdoor Activities Learning Center provides some direction on how to set up the outdoor environment. The "Special Needs Adaptations" in the Volumes offer limited guidance on ensuring the physical environment is accessible for children with specific disabilities or special needs. Though the chapter "Teaching Dual and English Language Learners" in Foundations for Learning briefly mentions that there "be models of each child's home language and culture in each area of the classroom," the curriculum lacks guidance on how to include children's home languages and cultures in the physical environment.

Learning Materials: Learn Every Day provides guidance for selecting developmentally appropriate learning materials. For example, each lesson plan lists "featured" children's literature as well as required learning materials for large group, small group, and learning centers. Foundations for Learning includes some specific guidance for ensuring learning materials meet the unique needs of children with disabilities or other special needs (e.g., for children who cannot turn book pages independently, attach clothespins to pages; use a single-button switch on electronic devices; use line drawings with minimal clutter for children with low vision). The curriculum suggests enlisting the help of families to select learning materials that authentically represent the cultures, ethnicities, and home languages of children in the program.

Schedule and Routines: The curriculum provides guidance on how to establish a daily schedule and developmentally appropriate routines. Foundations for Learning includes sample daily schedules for full- and part-day programs, and various chapters include specific guidance for Center Time, Transitions, Large Group, Small Group, and Closing Circle. Foundations for Learning explains that the units and lessons are flexible (e.g., teachers may take however long they need to finish a unit, or change their plans as needed). Even so, the curriculum lacks discussion on how to adjust schedules and routines based on children's needs and backgrounds.

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Receptividad cultural

El currículo apoya la receptividad cultural. La receptividad cultural es un enfoque basado en fortalezas para la enseñanza y el cuidado arraigado en el respeto y aprecio por el papel que desempeña la cultura en el aprendizaje y el desarrollo de los niños. Un currículo culturalmente receptivo les indica a los maestros que aprendan acerca de las fortalezas, habilidades, experiencias e intereses de cada niño según se desarrollan en la familia y la cultura del niño. El currículo proporciona orientación sobre cómo modificar y mejorar los planes y materiales del currículo para aprovechar estas fortalezas, habilidades, experiencias e intereses con el objetivo de incorporar la cultura de cada niño en el aula.

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Interactions: The curriculum describes the importance of culturally responsive interactions with children. For example, Foundations for Learning suggests that teachers talk with parents and families to learn about the children's cultures, as culturally diverse children have vastly different experiences and teaching them effectively depends on respecting those differences. However, the curriculum lacks guidance or strategies on how to engage in culturally responsive interactions with diverse children and families.

Learning Experiences: Learn Every Day suggests that teachers use authentic props and real items to connect with each child's prior learning. However, the curriculum does not address how to modify or plan learning experiences that authentically build on children's cultures.

Learning Environment: The curriculum provides some general guidance for creating culturally responsive learning environments. Foundations for Learning explains that having a few dolls of different skin tones does not make a multicultural classroom, and that there should be models of children's cultures in each area of the classroom. It provides some guidance on how to authentically represent the children and families in the program. For example, the curriculum suggests that teachers ask families to share a favorite musical selection that reflects their culture or something the children like to do at home. However, there is a limited amount of guidance on cultural responsiveness, and it is not embedded throughout the curriculum materials.

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Receptividad lingüística

El currículo apoya la receptividad lingüística. La receptividad lingüística se refiere a las prácticas de enseñanza que apoyan el aprendizaje, el desarrollo y la participación de los niños de diversos orígenes lingüísticos. Incluye apoyos para el desarrollo continuo del idioma del hogar o de las lenguas tribales de los niños, al incorporar auténticamente el idioma de los niños en el entorno de aprendizaje. Además, las prácticas lingüísticamente receptivas pueden facilitar la adquisición del inglés. El currículo proporciona estrategias de andamios cognitivos para apoyar a los niños en cualquier nivel de conocimiento del inglés para participar plenamente en las experiencias de aprendizaje del currículo.

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Scaffolding Strategies: The "Teaching Dual and English Language Learners" chapter of Foundations for Learning provides general guidance on how to scaffold the development and learning of children who are DLLs. For example, the curriculum suggests teachers extend learning by maintaining themes for days at a time, using key word lists for each theme, and using visual aids, body language, gestures, and facial expressions as part of communication. Each unit in the Volumes includes one "DLL Tip;" some tips are scaffolds, such as "use non-verbal demonstrations to engage DLLs in early explorations of the five senses." Even so, this guidance is not specific, nor is it embedded throughout the curriculum.

Home and Tribal Languages: Learn Every Day provides general guidance on how to incorporate children's home languages into the learning environment. For example, Foundations for Learning advises teachers to have models of each child's home language in each area of the classroom and to invite adults who know a child's home language to engage in rich, interesting conversations with the child. In addition, a limited number of suggestions are provided in the Volumes (e.g., ask family members to send books from their home countries to class, look for non-fiction books in the languages of the children). Even so, the Volumes lack additional specific guidance on how to incorporate children's home languages into learning experiences. Tribal languages are not addressed.

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Individualización para niños con discapacidades, sospecha de retrasos u otras necesidades especiales

El currículo proporciona orientación sobre cómo individualizar para los niños con discapacidades, sospechas de retrasos u otras necesidades especiales. La individualización para niños con discapacidades, sospechas de retrasos u otras necesidades especiales incluye proporcionar apoyos más especializados para que los niños accedan y participen en el aprendizaje, las experiencias sociales y las actividades. La orientación del currículo para apoyos especializados abarca prácticas específicas de enseñanza y formas de interactuar con los niños, así como adaptaciones a los horarios diarios, actividades de aprendizaje y el entorno de aprendizaje. La individualización para niños con discapacidades, sospechas de retrasos u otras necesidades especiales permite a todos los niños acceder, participar y prosperar en los entornos de aprendizaje temprano.

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Teaching Practices and Interventions: The curriculum provides specific guidance integrated throughout the curriculum materials on how to embed intentional teaching practices and other interventions to support the development of children with disabilities, suspected delays, or other special needs. Foundations for Learning includes general guidance to support children with specific needs (e.g., offer children with special needs additional opportunities to practice print awareness in a variety of settings, repeat and expand on group lessons on print awareness). In addition, for each unit, the Volumes list "Special Needs Adaptations" that offer specific assistance for children with visual and hearing impairments; cognitive, motor, speech and language delays; and emotional and behavioral issues. For example, the curriculum suggests that teachers adapt an "I Spy" game for a child with visual impairments by placing five items in a tray and asking the child to examine them; or for a child with speech delays, teachers are encouraged to show the child three pictures and ask him to point to the one he enjoys.

Learning Environment: Learn Every Day™ includes specific guidance on how to ensure learning materials are accessible for children with disabilities, suspected delays, or other special needs, but it lacks guidance on how to ensure that the environment is accessible. "Special Needs Adaptations" for each unit include suggestions for adapting materials (e.g., attach clothespins to items to make them easier to pick up if a child has difficulty grasping; for children with motor delays, use tongs instead of chopsticks). While the curriculum offers a few suggestions for ensuring the physical environment is accessible for children with specific disabilities, it lacks overall guidance on how to ensure the physical environment is accessible to all children (e.g., universal design principles).

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Individualización basada en intereses, fortalezas y necesidades

El currículo ofrece orientación sobre cómo individualizar en función de los intereses, las fortalezas y las necesidades de los niños. La individualización es un proceso de planificación e implementación de experiencias de aprendizaje que responden a los intereses, las fortalezas y las necesidades de cada niño. Los maestros reflexionan sobre sus observaciones de cada niño y luego planifican las formas más eficaces de apoyar el aprendizaje y desarrollo de cada niño. Cuando las experiencias de aprendizaje se adaptan a los intereses de los niños, son más atractivas y significativas para ellos. Debido a que los niños pueden variar en sus progresiones del desarrollo, también es importante que el currículo apoye a los maestros en la planificación de experiencias de aprendizaje que respondan a las fortalezas y necesidades individuales de los niños.

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Individualization Based on Interests: Foundations for Learning states that the teacher's role is to set out a wide variety of materials in different learning centers throughout the day, setting the stage for children to discover, choose, and carry out activities that hold the greatest interest to them. However, Learn Every Day lacks guidance on how to plan learning experiences that build on the individual interests of children.

Individualization Based on Strengths and Needs: The curriculum describes the importance of offering learning experiences that are responsive to children's strengths and needs. For example, Foundations for Learning explains that children have different ability levels, interests, learning styles, and backgrounds that impact how they learn, and children need a lot of activity choices with varying degrees of difficulty. In addition, the curriculum suggests that small group activities are opportunities to individualize instruction. Even so, the curriculum lacks specific guidance on how to make learning experiences responsive to individual strengths and needs.