Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to introduce the units to the children in the order that they are presented in Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum?

As you progress through the curriculum, each unit becomes a little more complex, so for best results, complete them in order. However, if you are implementing the curriculum in the middle of the year, it is possible to achieve quality results by starting with a later unit. We do not recommend that you skip around from unit to unit.

What is the purpose of the Learn Every Day Foundations Guide?

Foundations for Learning, the cornerstone of Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum, includes information from top early childhood educators on the philosophy and research behind the curriculum. Designed to help teachers arrange and manage the early childhood environment, this resource features content written by experts in the field of early childhood education. It was designed to help teachers implement developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant activities for all learners.

Do I need to buy the three skill kits in order to use Learn Every Day effectively?

The Learn Every Day Science Skill Kit (#62445); The Learn Every Day Language, Literacy, & Listening Skill Kit (#62444); and the Learn Every Day Math Skill Kit (#62446) are supplementary kits for the Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum. Most of the activities in the curriculum were designed to use items commonly found in a typical preschool classroom. These skill kits were designed to support teachers who may not have the necessary manipulatives typically found in an early childhood classroom and to support programs that are just getting started and need to stock a preschool classroom.

What is the purpose of the teacher library?

The Learn Every Day Teacher Resource Book Set (Item # 24536) consists of eight resources that further enable teachers, directors, and curriculum coordinators to build their own professional development and learn more about important topics. Learn Every Day: Foundations for Learning (included with the curriculum) provides lots of information on topics such as the brain research about how children learn and develop, how to set up a learning centers, and how to teach emerging writing skills, children with special needs, and children who are dual language learners. Many teachers want more in-depth information about those topics.

What is the purpose of the eight supplementary Learn Every Day books?

The eight books featured in the Learn Every Day book series (#24535) correspond to eight of the units featured in the Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum. The activities within these books are not included in the curriculum and provide additional activities for programs that want to extend the units or that want more activities on a specific topic.

Outdoor activities are presented in some units as a small group center. Can I take my whole class outside?

Outdoor activities were included as part of center time, but many programs conduct outdoor activities with the whole group. Most of the outdoor activities in the curriculum are written to be used with both large and small groups of children.

What if I don’t have a specific book that is listed in a large group activity?

Substitutions are fine, as long as you use a book that is related to the topic being introduced in a specific unit. The idea is to introduce concepts and new ideas to children, and as long as you remember to select developmentally appropriate books, it is okay to make an occasional substitution.

I have a half-day program. How does Learn Every Day fit my class?

On the Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum interactive website under the tab marked Sample Schedules you will find suggestions on how to adapt the curriculum for both full-day and half-day programs.

I have a mixed-age class of both four- and five-year-olds. How do I use Learn Every Day effectively?

In programs with mixed-age classrooms, where some children might remain in the same classroom for two years, Learn Every Day: The Preschool Curriculum can easily be adapted for your setting. While the units were designed to last approximately one week each, you can easily extend them so that they last more than one week. By adding projects and using the alternative activities provided in each unit, the curriculum can be presented across a longer time span.

There are many materials listed. If I have to buy all those materials, this curriculum will be too expensive to implement.

By necessity, preschool teachers must plan ahead, so a detailed materials list is provided with each lesson. Although every effort has been made to use low-cost items or ones common to preschool classrooms, you may find that you do not have all the items listed. It’s okay to substitute! Remember, the purpose of each unit is to introduce new and exciting ways for children to explore. Learning is a process, not a product.