New Adaptive Curriculum Helps Prep Pre-K Students for Kindergarten
A new set of digital tools and offline materials is
to help pre-kindergarten teachers prepare their students for school.
Institute introduced its SmartStart preK
program with multiple resources to teach age-appropriate reading, math
science concepts. A computer-based adaptive early-learning curriculum
individualized instruction is combined with digital tools and offline
to facilitate group and whole-class instruction.
"Preschool teachers are under tremendous pressure to
gaps in academics and social skills, but often lack the time to provide
individual attention the task requires," Waterford President and COO
said. "SmartStart brings individualized instruction to the preschool
blends it with research-based center learning."
A process for producing detailed progress reports,
entire class or an individual student, can help teachers quickly
spots early on and adjust lesson planning. The reports can easily be
with parents as well.
Along with the SmartStart software and curriculum,
will get Classroom Advantage, an interactive whiteboard program, a
Chromebook set, activities and worksheets, DVDs that students can take
a professional development package for teachers.
"Teachers are our most valuable asset," Heuston said.
to make sure they feel prepared and successful using Waterford."
According to Heuston, SmartStart can provide
such as letter recognition and sounds, comprehension and vocabulary.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.