FBC Weekday Preschool utilizes curriculum based on research of current best practices in the field of early childhood education along with well-known developmentally appropriate practice. We are proud to utilize Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA): Preschool for our 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence for our 3 year old Preschool classrooms, and the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers for our 2 year old classrooms. All of these curriculum selections are research driven and rooted well within our beliefs of developmentally appropriate practice and play at the heart of learning.
Both curricula tie well into daily routines that are familiar and appropriate for preschoolers and encourage the use of daily center time in the integration of instruction. In addition, all curricula offer chances for students to be served individually, within a small group, and as a whole group or whole class.
Assessment is vital for all preschoolers as it screens for any developmental concerns and gives teachers a chance to see how they are progressing throughout the year. Assessment will be ongoing through portfolio collection within our curriculum as it allows. Additionally, assessment will be offered using the Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (E-LAP) and Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) three times a year (beginning, middle, and end of the year) so that you, as a parent, have appropriate documentation of your child as a whole and how they are developing in school. Assessments serve as a tool to begin conversations with your child’s teacher about how they function in the classroom and how we can best meet their needs so that they are best prepared for Kindergarten.
In our Pre-Kindergarten classroom we utilize the PALs literacy screening tool in the fall and in the spring to track and measure growth in early literacy skills. This assessment is widely used throughout the state of Virginia and is a great opening conversation with your child's future Kindergarten teacher.