Integrated EK (Early Kindergarten) Curriculum Experience

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Product Overview

The Lincoln Empowered Integrated EK (Early Kindergarten) course is comprised of early kindergarten core and elective offerings. The Integrated EK course is great for virtual and in-person preschool settings, and it is designed to allow for the ease of operation within an early educational classroom. In a typical EK classroom, the teacher presents ideas in all lessons to the students, flowing from one subject to the next without hesitation, all the while incorporating essential social and emotional, fine motor, gross motor, and communication skills. Educating students at the EK level is more than teaching students how to count to 20 or recite their ABCs. It is about teaching students how to interact with others. Lincoln Empowered Integrated EK combines all of this in one course.

Top Facts

  1. Integrated EK is made up of eight early kindergarten offerings including English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Learning about Me, Learning through Play, Learning through the Arts, and Wellness.
  2. The Parent and Teacher Guide for Integrated EK focuses on development and not the Activate, Engage, and Demonstrate activities like our K-5 Parent and Teacher Guides.
  3. Integrated EK has three non-graded Checkpoints: Beginning of Year (Lesson 1), Midyear (Lesson 90), and End of Year (Lesson 180). Each Mastery Assessment is non-graded and focuses on reviewing specific skills between the Checkpoints.
  4. Integrated EK provides a solid foundation for the key skills students need to be successful in their K-12 academic experience.
  5. Integrated EK provides opportunities for our youngest learners to improve social skills, increase attention spans, and more. 

General EK Details

Lesson Structure: Topic > Lesson > Learning Object

Learning Object Design: All subjects are combined together in the Integrated EK design. When you open the learning object, you will see the Subject Matter in the banner at the top instead of the Topic. You will then see the Subtopic name.  No topic will ever be identified for Integrated EK. This is different than a typical Empowered learning object structure (where the Topic is listed first). 

Pacing: Per activity is four to six minutes

Course Level Kit: The course has a recommended course kit. 

Assessments: All assessments are teacher-graded. Nothing is auto-graded.

Integrated EK

As mentioned above, the Integrated EK course combines eight different subject areas. The course is written to the student, but it is designed for adult support (e.g., teacher, guide, guardian, coach, parent). It is also designed for virtual teacher support with a parent at home.

Pacing: 1 Lesson = 1 Day of Learning (3 hours) with strong breaks, snacks, and naps

Number of Lessons: There are 180 days of lessons. Each lesson is structured as follows.

There are four subject areas in each lesson:
  • ELA and Math are always included.
  • Science and Social Studies are included in an alternating fashion.
  • Science and Social Studies may not alternate each day, but one is part of each daily lesson.
  • Science and Social Studies are consistent each week. If a student starts with Social Studies in one week, that week will consist of five days of Social Studies.

Students will then see a five-lesson rotation of:

  • Learning through the Arts
  • Learning through Play
  • Learning about Me
  • Wellness
  • Day 5 is a free day, where students only focus on ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies.

Assessment Structure: All assessments are teacher-graded. Nothing is auto-graded.

Lesson Level Assess Its

  • Graded
  • Part of Gradebook

Mastery Assess Its / Checkpoint (Lessons 1, 90, and 180)

  • Designed to be taken by the “parent,” not the student.
  • No associated points
  • Not part of the Gradebook
  • Beginning of the Year Checkpoint (top of Lesson 1): Initial Assessment assesses everything (academics and developmental growth at a general level).
  • Midyear Checkpoint (bottom of Lesson 90) and End of Year Checkpoint (bottom of Lesson 180): Same assessment as the Beginning of Year Checkpoint. These are designed to measure growth.

Parent and Teacher Guide: There is a Parent and Teacher Guide, but the EK guide is designed differently than that for K-5. All developmental information is incorporated into the Parent and Teacher Guide.

The structure of the course was designed for the parent to navigate.

  • There are no Activate, Engage, or Demonstrate activities within the Parent and Teacher Guide.
  • There is only a Developmental activity.
  • Within each Developmental activity, arrows help the parent or teacher guide the student.
  • The parent or teacher will often need to reference the Appendix and the associating arrow code. The arrows at the bottom of the learning objects will direct them to the correct location in the Appendix. 
    NOTE: All of the PTG info is in each of the individual sections as well electronically.
  • Appendix – What to Expect is not within the lessons of the Parent and Teacher Guide, but it discusses how to support the student as well.
  • Printed versions should use Post-Its, tags, and more to make frequented locations easier to find. Paper clips even work great!

English Language Arts EK and Mathematics EK 

Number of Lessons: There are 180 days of lessons worth of content.

Assessment Structure: 

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  • Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 
Science EK and Social Studies EK 

Number of Lessons: There are 90 days of lessons worth of content for both Science and Social Studies. It is great to alternate these every other day for a full school year experience.

Assessment Structure: 

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  • Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 
Learning about Me EK

Learning about Me EK focus: Social Emotional

Number of Lessons: There are 36 days of lessons worth of content. These are great to alternate in a five-day rotation.

Assessment Structure: 

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  • Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 
Learning through the Arts EK

Learning through the Arts EK focus: Arts, Dramatic Play, Music

Number of Lessons: There are 36 days of lessons worth of content. These are great to alternate in a five-day rotation. 

Assessment Structure: 

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  •  Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 

Learning through Play

Learning through Play focus: Imagination, Play, Cooperation

Number of Lessons: There are 36 days of lessons worth of content. These are great to alternate in a five-day rotation.

Assessment Structure: 

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  • Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 
Wellness EK

Wellness EK focus: PE and Health with a focus on fine motor and gross motor standards

Number of Lessons: There are 36 days of lessons worth of content. These are great to alternate in a five-day rotation. 

Assessment Structure:

  • All assessments are manually graded in a Dropbox style, where students submit files.
  •  Teachers can switch to just the Show Its and not use the Assess Its as graded items. 
FAQ

Q: Can all eight courses be purchased independently?

A:  No, the individual EK courses work in tandem to create a comprehensive integrated experience for the student. 

Q: How often are there Assess Its in the Integrated EK course?

A: Mastery Assess Its appear every 20-25 Lessons. The Checkpoints are also included in these intervals.

For example, there is a Mastery Assess It at the end of Lesson 65, the Midyear Checkpoint at Lesson 90, and then another Mastery Assess It at Lesson 110. The teacher-graded assessments were built out in the individual courses to allot for one per week (in each course) with an attempt to incorporate only one teacher-graded assessment per day in the Integrated EK course.

Q: Are there any score associations worth identifying for Integrated EK?

A: The students do not receive a score for Mastery Assess Its. These are meant to measure growth, and no grade is assigned. All teacher-graded assessments are worth two points each.

Q: What is the percentage of teacher-graded to auto-graded assessments for Integrated EK?

A: There are 93% (131) teacher-graded assessments and 7% (9) auto-graded assessments in the course. (Remember, these do not hold point values, as they are more of a growth measurement than a typical K-12 assessment.)

Q: What would be the best way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s Integrated EK course in a brick-and-mortar setting?

A: The Integrated EK course is perfect for the brick-and-mortar classroom because the subjects are all laid out for continuous use. The ILOs and videos can be used on a smartboard or other form of projection so the students can interact with these elements. There are many worksheets incorporated into the lessons to help the student practice skills such as writing (fine motor), using scissors properly (fine motor), and letter and number recognition.

Q: What would be the most appropriate way for a teacher to use Lincoln Empowered’s Integrated EK course in an asynchronous virtual setting?

A: Because a four- or five-year-old student cannot be expected to complete these lessons on their own, all lessons have been written to a level appropriate for the parent to read verbatim to the student. This takes the guess work out of helping the student learn. The activities can all be printed or have very thorough instructions for the student to complete at home and upload in the Dropbox for approval by the teacher. The interactive learning objects and videos work great to enhance the student’s learning in the asynchronous environment, as well. 

All lessons have been created with the attention spans of a four or five-year-old in mind. This will provide for movement through the objects at a pace that is age-appropriate. It will still be important for an adult to help the student in the room with reading and choosing the correct objects.

Q: What is the projected screen time for a student in Integrated EK?

A: Two ways exist to respond to this:

  1. The amount of time that the student should spend on these lessons is approximately two to three hours. This is a typical preschool day of instruction. The total time would include materials on the screen as well as extra practice (like reciting letters and numbers). At max, the student would have two to three hours of screen time per day.
  2. The amount of screen time for the student is dependent upon what the adult would prefer for the child. The material was created so the student could sit with an adult and do everything on the screen (minus the worksheets and the completion of the hands-on activities, of course). However, the screen time limits were taken into consideration throughout the process of creation, and all of the lessons could be completed with only a limited amount of time in front of a screen. For example, the interactive learning objects and videos would need to be completed using a screen, but the stories can all be printed or purchased to limit screen time during ELA lessons. For lessons such as math, all information could be verbally provided or written on a white board to limit screen time. There are also a lot of hands-on activities to enhance the experiences of the student and help them learn in other ways. All items that need to be completed on the screen (including objects like the Read Its) were designed to be used on a smartboard as well if used in a classroom rather than on an individual basis.

Q: Can you explain for us the difference between Integrated EK’s Wellness curriculum versus the Physical Education EK course?

A: The Integrated EK Wellness section is focused around gross and fine motor skill development and the health and hygiene of the student. Physical Education EK was created using SHAPE Kindergarten standards because there are no standards for EK. It includes more physical activities such as games, stretches, and dance moves. It is also more along the lines of a gym course with health components integrated into its content. 

 

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