Grounded in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework(Open external link), Explorations provide instructional opportunities for 3-K for All teaching staff, children, and families to connect, explore materials, and learn together. Explorations invite engagement in comprehensive, in-depth, play-based learning across domains. Topics and activities in Explorations begin with routines and the classroom community then progress to more abstract ideas throughout the year.
Explorations are grounded in research on developmental expectations as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF), which outlines the skills, behaviors and concepts programs foster as they engage with our youngest learners. By using the three Explorations as written, programs will support all of the preschool goals included in the framework.
The three Explorations are designed to be implemented in 3-K for All classrooms over the course of the ten-month program year.
- Exploration One(Open external link)
- Exploration Two(Open external link)
- Exploration Three(Open external link)
The Division of Early Childhood Education has developed a series of interdisciplinary Units of Study for Pre-K for All. This research based resource was created in collaboration with researchers and supports student learning in all domains using developmentally appropriate practice.
- There are 10 Units total, each designed to last about a month.
- This Scope and Sequence(Open external link) shows a progression of interdisciplinary learning throughout the year in three sections.
- The development of inquiry and critical thinking is a consistent thread throughout all Units.
- Units provide opportunities for content exploration and skill-building that are aligned with the NYCDOE Kindergarten Social Studies and Science Scope and Sequence.
- Units assist teaching teams in nurturing inquiry, language and problem solving skills through their organization of the classroom environment, interactions with students, use of purposeful play, incorporation of books, other texts, new vocabulary, and family engagement practices.
- View the Unit 1 Tutorial(Open external link) to understand how to best implement Units in the classroom.
- Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K(Open external link)
- Unit 2: My Five Senses(Open external link)
- Unit 3: All About Us(Open external link)
- Unit 4: Where We Live(Open external link)
- Unit 5: Transportation(Open external link)
- Unit 6: Light(Open external link)
- Unit 7: Water(Open external link)
- Unit 8: Plants(Open external link)
- Unit 9: Babies(Open external link)
- Unit 10: Transformation
Wilson Language Training's Fundations (Grades K-2)
- Emphasizes systematic phonics and study of word structure based on the principles of the Wilson Reading System
- Teaches skills explicitly and systematically in daily 30-minute lessons (print knowledge, alphabetic awareness, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling)
- Instruction is cumulative and scaffolds presented skills
- Includes both decodable reading passages for students to practice with as well as manipulatives
- Utilizes assessments to monitor students throughout the program and offers direction for staff to meet individual student needs and provide targeted small-group interventions
- Provides multiple opportunities for skills application through extensive practice
- Offers a Home Support Packet to encourage parental involvement