Crown Preschool Curriculum


The Crown Preschool curriculum is designed to establish early academic capabilities that serve as the foundation for a lifetime of learning and is based on the California Preschool Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks. These outline key knowledge and skills that most children can achieve when provided with the kinds of interactions, instruction, and environments that research has shown to promote early learning and development. The foundations provide early childhood educators, parents, and the public with a clear understanding of the wide range of knowledge and skills that preschool children typically attain when given the benefits of a high-quality preschool program. Crown Preschool, in order to produce positive effects on children’s behavior, will be designed to develop the whole child, including social and emotional development and self-regulation.

The staff of Crown Preschool works with transitional and traditional Kindergarten teachers for a continual flow of the core academic subjects. Crown Preschool uses a pre-kindergarten version of the curricular programs used in transitional and traditional Kindergarten, including enrichment opportunities such as Visual and Performing Arts, Science Lab, Music and Movement, Computer Lab, Library, and Health Education. The staff also works closely with parents in providing parent education opportunities and resources on topics such as social/emotional development, reading readiness, fine motor development and early writing development, early math, and gross motor development.

Splash into Pre-K (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

C.U.S.D. recently selected this specialized curriculum for its youngest students.  Splash into Pre-K is a comprehensive and integrated bilingual early learning program designed to ensure success for today's 3 and 4 year old learners through the latest research and interactive learning philosophies.

Splash into Pre-K will help our teachers build a community of learners using Conscious Discipline® Strategies and includes all the core domains of learning including Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and Linguistic. It also integrates all of the curricular areas including Reading and Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Art into the daily instruction.

What makes Splash into Pre-K stand out? Thorough and comprehensive lessons and high interest activities that completely engage children along with a flexible instruction plan that allows children to learn and explore at many different levels. Our teachers will be able to pick and choose activities depending on individual child interest.

Children also have the opportunity to participate in extensive and fun real-world Center Activities that maximize their experiences with the real world around them. Furthermore, the classroom management provides the right tools for success with large and small group activities.  The Splash into Pre-K program also empowers our teachers to teach the necessary readiness skills and prepares kids to learn and become lifelong learners.

Circle of Education (Delibrainy LLC)

In 2015, C.U.S.D. adopted the Circle of Education, a social-emotional development, learning readiness, and active parenting program focusing on social and emotional development for young children.  The curriculum was created by Dr. Shulamit Ritblatt, the Chair of the Child & Family Development Department of San Diego State University.  Through this program, young children develop the skills needed to allow them to interact with others (e.g., playing, responding to adults and other children) and to express their emotions (e.g., happiness, joy, anger).

The Circle of Education, a research and evidence-based program, focuses on social emotional learning readiness skills and academic development of children.  It emphasizes that social emotional development is the foundation to learning and to becoming a contributing citizen of society.  It also recognizes the importance of play and its central role in supporting and facilitating the learning process for young children.

A fundamental element of the Circle of Education is music.  The program uses music to provide a bridge between the emotional and cognitive parts of the brain and to set the stage for the learning process to take place.  Each song in the Circle of Education program was written to address a specific knowledge, skill, and behavior that children need to know and internalize in order to be ready to learn.  The skills reflected in the songs have been identified through research to be critical to school readiness and success.

Handwriting Without Tears

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for use in the classroom.  The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively "doing" with materials that address all style of learning.  The teaching order is successful because it follows a developmental teaching sequence.  Easy letters are taught first beginning with capital letters and taught in groups of similar stroke sequence.  When students master easier skills, they are better prepared to learn more difficult groups -- those prone to reversals or having diagonal lines.  As a result, children gain mastery and confidence more quickly and can focus on the content of their work rather than the mechanics of letter formation.  The Handwriting Without Tears teaching order results in writing that is fluid, legible, and automatic.