Handwriting Without Tears Preschool Curriculum
• Language Proficiency
• Color and Shape Awareness
• Social Skills
• Letter and Number Recognition
• Fine and Gross Motor Control
The program suits a wide range of children and adapts to their changing needs as they grow. Pre-k is a joyful time to grow and get ready for school. Preschool should be about preparing children so they can succeed when the start school. They need dressing up, playing outside, riding toys, finger-painting and finger-plays. They need play to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
The ASQ System
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires
The ASQ system has three components:
1) a set of questionnaires,
2) procedures for efficient and effective use of the questionnaires, and
3) support materials for use with the questionnaires.
The ASQ system can be implemented in three phases:
l) planning the monitoring program,
2) using and scoring the questionnaires, and
3) evaluating the monitoring program.
Advantages & Limitations of The ASQ System
By involving parents in the reporting of their children’s developmental progress a program has more flexibility in information gathering; this of course is affected by the Commitment and abilities of the parents.
The ASQ system’s involvement of parents not only makes economic sense but also meets the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 (PL 101-476) and its 1997 amendments (PL 1 05-17) including with the use of the ASQ:SE- the mandate for early detection of social and emotional problems in young children . Flexibility is built into completing, scoring, and implementing the ASQ system.