Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to engage students in learning foundational skills, including critical thinking and analysis. Throughout the year, educators have the opportunity to integrate holidays and historical months (i.e., women’s history month) into their curriculum framework. Through stories, primary resources, and strategic conversations, educators will build students’ capacity to engage in in-depth conversations about history.
At George’s Nest, our early learners engage in such learning. Students learn about different cultures and their contributions to America and globally. Curricula includes content on American Indians, Women’s history, Black history, Asian history, and more. What’s critical though, is that educators at George’s Nest integrate this content throughout the year, and within each unit, embed opportunities for students to learn about all contributors to inventions, technology, arts, and athletics in history, versus only studying these groups of people during their “assigned” months. Additionally, during “Black history” and “women’s history” months, George’s Nest educators focus on celebrations of their many contributions, not just the historical adversity.
How does George’s Nest put these principles into practice?
George’s Nest offers weekly live Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten lessons Monday through Friday, and students will consistently engage in activities and conversations about our diverse world and unique history. You can expect your early learner to engage in:
- Consistent and predictable routines that help facilitate productive conversation
- Engage and participate in fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming virtual learning space
- Teacher modeling both speaking and active listening through strategic conversation facilitation
- Culturally responsive curriculum, using resources that reflect our diverse world throughout each unit. Examples include:
- Music Unit—celebrate all musicians/genres
- STEM Units—contributions of women and people of color
- Arts—influential artists spanning the diversity of the world
- Access to asynchronous videos with instructional activities to supplement synchronous instruction
- Experienced, highly qualified Early Childhood Educators to partner with families to enhance your learning programs and continue conversations at home
So, are you ready to engage your child in an inclusive curriculum? Try George’s Nest for top-notch online education for your early learners! We are here to put the heart of early education back into your home!
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Blog written by Katherine Finnerty