Adventures in Learning
Adventures in Learning, a comprehensive curriculum for children from three to five, was developed through a grant from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The curriculum features 40 topics of study in nine focus areas. Each topic is introduced with familiar children’s books and has a strong language and literacy emphasis. Many of the resources available from the Division were included in the development of Adventures in Learning.
While Adventures in Learning is a comprehensive curriculum, it can also be a supplement to an established curriculum. The curriculum is flexible and allows teachers to choose from 40 topics of study and to decide when to explore the topics with the children.
During development of Adventures in Learning, four early care and education programs served as pilot sites for the project. Curriculum materials were also sent to reviewers for comments. Feedback received from these two sources was considered as revisions were made to the curriculum materials.
Three early childhood educators, Dot Brown, Beverly C. Wright and Trude Puckett, spent more than a year developing the Adventures in Learning curriculum. While the careers of the three developers have taken different paths, they share similar education backgrounds and work experiences. The list that follows applies to all three developers and highlights the similarities.
- Masters of Education degrees with an early childhood emphasis
- Instructors of early childhood courses
- Monitors, evaluators, supervisors and mentors in preschool classrooms
- Evaluators of curriculum for children from three to five
- Registered trainers in the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development Registry
- Certified Pre-K ELLA trainers