Curriculum Details for
Practitioner Expert Background
This practitioner has her master’s degree and has been a special educator working with elementary aged students for 20 years. For the past three years, she has been working at an afterschool program using KidzLit. She uses it on a daily basis, for about a half hour at a time. Students in her program are elementary school aged. Most are on free and reduced lunch, and many are English language learners.
- There are a number of standard trainings, about three hours long.
- Preparation is minimal, and consists of a brief weekly staff meeting where instructors use and practice the games and activities they will be using for the week.
- Guide is very clear in telling staff what they need to do. Once they are more familiar with it, they can then use a little more creativity in what they do.
- All needed materials are provided.
- Group size of 10-12 students is usually ideal, can break down into smaller groups for games.
- Students enjoy and relate really well to the stories.
- Students particularly enjoy the hands-on aspect of the program. Learning is fun and engaging for them.
- Students help each other and feel like they can make mistakes and that no one will make fun of them.
- Age-appropriate games and materials.
- Parent involvement is a key aspect of this curriculum, and parents like the curriculum. Games can easily be taught to parents so they can play at home with their children.
Adaptability to instructor needs
General skills taught
- Teacher can make activities more or less challenging.
- Adaptable to the needs of the instructor or the students.
- There are certain skills that need to be taught, but how they are taught is up to the instructor.
Addressing diverse student needs
- Demonstrates to students that learning is fun.
- Demonstrates to students that it is okay to try new things and make mistakes.
- Develops friendship skills.
- Books and stories are representative of different cultures and backgrounds.
- Students of all backgrounds engage in and enjoy the curriculum.
Strengths and Challenges
- Engaging literature curriculum.
- Helps build character, values, and social skills as well as reading skills.
- Large number and variety of books.
- This practitioner found no major challenges with the curriculum.