Opening the World of Learning (OWL) © 2014, 2011 is a comprehensive Pre-K curriculum, equitable in English and Spanish, that prepares children for kindergarten with ongoing assessment of research-based success predictors and playful, purposeful, and personalized instruction.
OWL is based upon the belief that immersion in a learning-rich environment is critical but not sufficient. The environment and interactions must be thoughtful and purposeful. All parts of the day should be considered opportunities for learning, and the teacher should know the curriculum content, instructional strategies, and individual children well enough to be responsive in a variety of situations.
Instructional design and strategies set OWL apart. While planning and implementing each part of the day, teachers are encouraged to be intentional in their actions and words. This intentionality and the intense focus on conversation provide an unprecedented amount of implicit and explicit oral language, critical thinking, and vocabulary instruction.
Through the use of essential questions, teachers help children connect content to their experiences, which takes them beyond rote learning and leads to thoughtful, reflective learning.
OWL is built upon a foundation of critical content area concept development. The literature ties to the concepts and vocabulary. OWL also provides daily English language development lessons designed to support English Language Learners. These lessons are tied to the key concepts and vocabulary of the day's instruction.
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