Curiosity Corner is a comprehensive program for three- and four-year- old preschoolers designed to provide a strong foundation in language and literacy, mathematics, science, listening and social skills, creative expression, and positive self-esteem through a holistic, thematic approach to instruction.
Curiosity Corner provides teachers with well-structured thematic units aligned with state and national early learning guidelines. The program includes detailed instructions and provides many of the materials necessary to implement a stimulating, engaging program, while training and supporting the educators who are implementing the program.
How is Curiosity Corner structured?
Curiosity Corner introduces thirty-eight integrated weekly thematic units that relate to children’s lives, interests, and surroundings. Children are introduced to concepts, they engage in concrete activities related to those concepts, and then they are given time to review the concepts again. The Curiosity Corner Teacher’s Manual
provides general outcomes, philosophy, a description of curriculum components, teaching strategies, Home Links, teacher support, and assessment tools. Curiosity Corner’s integrated approach is built on a daily sequence of components. Click here
to learn more about these components.
What teacher supports are provided?
Each teacher receives a teacher’s manual. Except for basic equipment and supplies typical of a well-equipped early childhood classroom and some teacher-acquired materials, SFAF supplies the materials necessary to implement Curiosity Corner in monthly kits that include:
two theme guides for each weekly unit;
theme-related children’s books;
other materials to support the theme-related activities.
Each weekly theme guide contains:
a rationale and introduction to the theme
a Learning Focus - a web indicating what learning objectives are covered in the unit
a Peek at the Week - an overview of the week’s activities
a list of materials needed for the unit
detailed lessons for implementing each of the components in a five-day sequence, including the Learning Labs for the theme, thematic rhymes, and recipes
a Resource Corner - a bibliography of books associated with the theme
Home Link pages (in English and Spanish) to introduce the theme to families
appendices with patterns, games, and handouts related to various topics in early education
Professional Development and Coaching
One key to Curiosity Corner’s success is the in-depth professional development provided by the SFAF point coaches to support teachers’ implementation of the thematic units.
Two days of initial training in the program for all teachers and assistants working with the preschool
Additional training sessions/implementation visits during the school year designed to meet the particular needs of the teachers in the cluster
Additional training provided at the Curiosity Corner Coaches and Facilitators Conference each fall
A day-long refresher and four additional training sessions/implementation visits
Additional training for Curiosity Corner coaches at Experienced Sites Conferences
Scope and Sequence
The program’s focus on language
, is based on research that supports the promotion of oral language and emergent literacy as key factors in later academic achievement (Huffman, Mehlinger, & Kerivan, 2000; Whitehurst & Lonigan, 1998). The program provides a balanced developmental approach emphasizing language and literacy in the context of physical, emotional, and interpersonal development, math, science, social studies, music, movement, and art. Click here
to find out more about the scope and sequence of Curiosity Corner.