Literacy and Language Acquisition
Frog Street Pre-K literacy instruction is supported by an impressive body of research on how young children develop early literacy and pre-emergent literacy skills. Frog Street Pre-K provides literacy experiences to form the foundation for learning to read. These experiences emphasize the key predictors of early literacy as identified by the publication Early Childhood Literacy: The National Early Literacy Panel and Beyond.
Key Predictors of Literacy
Frog Street Pre-K mathematics instruction is based on theoretical and empirical research that highlights the important role mathematics plays in the formative development of young learners. Frog Street Pre-K draws upon five research-based recommendations developed from the publication Teaching Math to Young Children: Educator’s Practice Guide.
Five Research-Based Recommendations
Frog Street Pre-K is developed around five major findings in the neuroscience field and their relevance to the development of young children and those who work with young children. Findings from the 1996 publication Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development (Families and Work Institute) include:
There are fertile times when the brain is able to wire specific skills at an optimal level. These fertile times are called “Windows of Opportunity.” Wiring forged in these “windows” sets the foundation for future learning.
Top 10 Ways Frog Street Pre-K applies the latest in brain development research throughout the curriculum:
- Ensuring children feel safe.
- Keeping the learning environment free of clutter.
- Presenting information in ways that challenge learners to use multiple senses.
- Keeping lessons short.
- Nurturing curiosity.
- Tapping into prior knowledge.
- Providing time for practice.
- Encouraging children to think about information in complex ways.
- Teaching to both the left and right brain hemispheres.
- Making sure learners are properly hydrated and have opportunities to exercise.