TYL II’s Pre-K curriculum is based on the PA Learning Standards
Pennsylvania Standards were developed as a joint project of the Department of Education and Welfare. They are meant to guide the development of kindergarten programs throughout the state. They are meant to maximize student learning by guiding teachers deliberate and intentional instructional practice, supporting effective classroom environments, and frame teacher’s age-appropriate expectations for their students.
Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood
• Approaches to Learning Through Play
• Constructing, Organizing and Applying Knowledge
• Creative Thinking and Expression
• Communicating Through the Arts
• Cognitive Thinking and General Knowledge
• Mathematical Thinking and Expression
• Exploring, Processing and Problem Solving
• Scientific Thinking and Technology
• Exploring, Inquiry and Discovery
• Social Studies Thinking
• Connecting to Communities
• Health, Wellness and Physical Development
• Learning About My Body
• Language and Literacy Development
• Early Literacy Foundations, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
• Partnerships for Learning
• Families, Learning Environments and Communities
• Social and Emotional Development
• Learning About Myself and Others
The curriculum covers a wide range of areas, including language, math/ manipulative, science, physical activities/outdoor play, creative expression, music/movement, social interaction, concept development, and self help.
Practical Life: Pouring, various practice folding exercises, care of the classroom, feeding animals, watering plants, self care, dressing, washing, practice tying bows, buttons, helping others, development of concentration and physical exercises.
Language & Arts: Language work consists of reading, phonics, story telling conversation, vocabulary enrichment, and creative drama.
Music & Rhythm: Involves dance, movement and singing.
Art Expression/ Dramatic Play: Individual creativity combined with vocabulary enrichment, and sensorial experiences, use of imagination.
Geography: Continents, land and water forms, and more.
Mathematics: Eye/hand coordination with cylinder blocks, touch, boards, mathematical number rods, felt numerals, etc.
Foreign Language Exposure: Spanish, Sign Language and French.
Dramatic Play: Children get to explore their imagination through real life enactments such as dress up, kitchen play, etc.
Technology: Computers in each classroom for child use.
Teacher-child ratio 1:10.