Who will receive the greatest benefits from this type of curriculum?
Most all young children will benefit from using a curriculum based on literature combined with repetition; however this curriculum was initially created for preschool children with language delays or language processing issues. It has been especially successful for children with autism.
How is this curriculum different from other styles of teaching?
Quite simply, instead of using stories to enhance a thematic unit, the story itself becomes the unit.
We teach the same goals and objectives that are appropriate in any preschool setting, the difference is that now the activities selected to introduce or practice these objectives are directly related to the story unit.
How long do you repeat the same story?
It depends on the age and ability of your students. The average length of time is one month.
Won’t children become bored hearing the same story for a whole month?
No. Young children naturally crave repetition. It helps them to predict familiar words and phrases which will allow them to become involved in the process of reading.
Should I have other story books available in the classroom?
Yes! Yes! Yes! It is important to continue reading all types of books or other literature. Read your curriculum story book at the same designated time each day, but take advantage of every opportunity to read other stories as well. Keep your reading corner well stocked and interesting.
Where will I get enough material to teach a unit for a full month?
Each unit provides over 45 activities complete with goals and objectives, instructions, suggestions and reproducible patterns. These activities are categorized according to the domains of language, cognitive, motor, self-help and socialization.
Must I use only the activities included with the unit in order for the curriculum to be effective?
No. The activities are included to provide teachers with ample materials to complete a full month, but we encourage teachers to incorporate their own creative ideas.
How many units will I need to complete one school year?
Based on one unit per month, you will need 8- 10 curriculum units. Many teachers like to review past units during the month of May.
Can I use only one or two units? Must I commit to a full year using literary curriculums?
It is perfectly alright to use the units in isolation, however children receive maximum growth in the area of language when the units are used on a daily basis.
I have children in my classroom who function at different levels. Can I still use these units?
Yes! Activities in our units are created at several different ability levels. They are designed so that every child can do the same activity at an appropriate level with success.
Must I do every activity in the unit?
No. These units are not scripted. You choose the activities in any order to meet the needs of your children.
We already have a curriculum in our program. Can we still use the units?
Absolutely! The activities in our units are designed to complement and enhance any curriculum that you are currently using.
Do I receive the storybook with the unit?
The storybook is not included. We have found that most teachers already have the book. Adding the storybook would increase the cost of the units.
What if I want to provide storybooks for each student at the end of the unit?
Storybooks are available through Scholastic Literacy Partner Program at a 42% discount. You may call this direct number to place an order for storybooks: 1-800-387-1437 X-6411.
Is training available to help initiate the curriculum?
Yes, training seminars are available upon request. It is tailored to meet the individual needs of your program. Contact Rae Schaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it absolutely necessary to complete the training seminar before using the curriculums?
It is suggested, but not mandatory. Included with each unit are introductory pages explaining the benefits and teaching techniques.