Preschool Language Arts Teacher's Manual
The Preschool Language Arts Teacher’s Manual gives short, but detailed instructions for each learning task. A lesson may include several tasks chosen by the teacher from the manual. The Teacher’s Manual features color coded corners and a coordinated color-coded table of contents to easily create a mix of different tasks during a lesson.
You may use the teacher’s manual sequentially like our grade level curriculum, or pick and choose a variety of activities from throughout the curriculum. The Lesson Planning forms allow you to customize your program.
You can see the complete scope and sequence and sample lessons here.
The Preschool Language Arts curriculum focuses on four general areas of development leading to a successful transition to Kindergarten.
Foundational Concept Tasks develop basic “page awareness” and abstract thinking, a transition from concrete concepts used for informal learning to those used in formal instruction.
Phonemic Awareness Tasks are intended to increase the child’s awareness that spoken words are comprised of sounds and that these sounds are used to form a wide variety of words apart from meaning.
Alphabet Tasks introduce letter recognition of upper and lower case letters to lay a foundation for formal phonics training in Kindergarten. Writing of letters also helps develop fine motor skills. Although the focus is on letter recognition, some activities do include sound (phonics) recognition that is intended more to introduce the sounds, not necessarily master the sounds. Mastery of sounds will be the focus of the Kindergarten curriculum.
Literature Concepts introduce a wide variety of very important pre-reading tasks through teacher read stories. Students learn story structure, phonemic awareness in the context of stories, traditional rhymes, classic stories, and McRuffy originals. The Teacher’s Manual guides the parents and teachers to use the stories to develop comprehension skills, story structure awareness, poetry, and higher level thinking skills. You’ll learn patterns of teaching that can easily be applied to other books you read to your children.