Meeting 7

Wednesday, April 10
Concordia University Chicago

Thank you to our host, Dr. Patricia Hoffman, for allowing the early childhood administrators to attend this meeting at Concordia.

-The Early Childhood Conference will be held on August 9 at Concordia Chicago.  "Say Yes to the Mess" is the theme with Dr. Marie Masterson (phenomenal speaker!) as our keynote speaker.  I will be presenting, as well as many of our other administrators.  My topic will be entitled "POP!" Parents of Preschoolers and will focus on ways to incorporate parents into but mainly out of the classroom setting in a variety of ways.

-Mark your calendars! Our next meeting will be held at St. Matthew in Hawthorn Woods on May 8.
During this meeting, we will share miscellaneous topics or allow time for questions and fellowship.
**Important** We will also be setting up our meetings (dates & locations) for the next school year. We would love to tour new schools and hope you will consider opening your doors to us!

-Our topic at the Concordia meeting was directed at early childhood curriculum.

~Concordia utilizes the SCEWD Curriculum
Content areas include:
Social-Spiritual Development
Communication Arts
Expressive Arts
-This curriculum is a mix between Vygotsky's constructivist theory, Piaget, and some Montessori built in as well. Visit their website to further curriculum information for each age level:

~Stay connected with ISBE!  The following in early childhood information regarding Common Core and other resources:
Here is further common core for those administrators with elementary/junior high age students:

~Other curricula discussed:
-Creative Curriculum:
~Jolly Phonics:
~Reggio (as discussed at Meeting 6)
~One In Christ: New curriculum is ready for purchase!
~Literacy / Math classes (yes! for our preschoolers!)  Contact me for further information about starting this program.

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