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Beverly Dosono

February 23, 2015
ECFS 301
CURRICULUM: JUMPSTART LITERACY PROGRAM
Indicator

Describe how your chose curriculum addresses this indicator

Goals are clearly defined and
communicated

Each individual Jumpstart lesson plan is outlined with the purpose of the
activities that the Jumpstart team implements in the classroom. During
team planning meetings, the team leader goes over the purpose of the
activities with the corps members, and from there, as a team, we fulfill the
purpose of the activities by implementing it during session time.

Curriculum is comprehensive

Since it is a literacy program, this curriculum addresses cognitive and
social development, but does not address emotional and physical
development. With the implementation of center time, circle time, and
reading groups, these factors enhance the cognitive and social
development of the children. Within center time, the activities within the
curriculum addresses literacy, science, and art.

Curriculum is evidence based

According to my site manager and on the national Jumpstart website, this
curriculum is proven to help increase preschooler’s literacy and vocabulary.
It is geared towards preschoolers ages 3-5, English speaking or not. Since
Jumpstart geared for students from low-income areas, the purpose of the
curriculum is for all the students to be ready for kindergarten. The other
contents mentioned in Bredekamp (mathematics, social studies, health,
and physical education) are not addressed within the Jumpstart program.

Professional standards
validate the curriculum subject
matter content

According to literacy milestones I found online
(http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/literacy-milestones-frombirth-to-age-six.htm), this curriculum reflects the literacy standards that
should be met from ages 3-5. After working with the students for a while
now, they recognize letters and letter-sound matches, enjoy being read to,
understand that print is read from left-to-right and top-to-bottom, show
familiarity with rhyming and beginning sounds, etc. This curriculum
encourages the students to increase their literacy skills that they need to
not only be prepared for kindergarten, but also to help close the
educational gap.

Children are active and
engaged

Within the bi-weekly two hour sessions of Jumpstart, they are timed
accordingly so that all students become engaged with the activities.
Welcome starts out the day in circle time, and is usually 5 minutes long.
Welcome transitions into Reading Time (15 minutes) , where the students
are separated into small reading groups of about 3-4 and one volunteer
corps member. Typically after reading time, the children eat breakfast.
Following breakfast, we reconnect with the students back in circle time, ask
comprehension questions regarding the book, and introduce the center
time activities. From there, the students choose what activities they want to
participate in, and center time takes approximately 50 minutes. Finally, we

have Sharing and Goodbye, where the students volunteer to share what
they did during center time. Within these two hours, all the students have
the opportunity to stay engaged with the activities Jumpstart is providing
for them, not only physically, but also mentally.
Valued content is learned
through investigation and
focused teaching

The activities we provide for the children do not include child-initiated
exploration. We have the activities ready for the children, but seldom do we
have activities that encourage child-initiated exploration/investigation.
However, many of our activities are teacher guided-instruction.

Curriculum builds on prior
learning and experiences

During team planning meetings and trainings with our Site Managers,
corps members are taught to relate the core story book with the children’s
past experiences. When working with the children, we often try to draw
upon their experiences by asking if they had any familiar instances with
what happens in the book, for example, if they have ever written and
mailed a letter just like in the book “A Letter to Amy.” During writing time,
the children also often draw according to their past experiences, and we
have them share and explain in front of their peers what they drew.

Curriculum is developmentally
appropriate

This curriculum is developmentally appropriate because it is geared
towards learning vocabulary and the alphabet. At this age, preschoolers
are learning the alphabet and word recognition. With this curriculum, we
help the children build their vocabulary through the core story books and
the different activities.

Curriculum is culturally and
linguistically appropriate

There is one book in the Jumpstart core books that revolves around
culture, which is “Hooray, a Piñata!” Other than that, the Jumpstart
curriculum is not culturally and linguistically appropriate for every child.

Curriculum can be adapted for
individual differences in
children

The center time activities in the Jumpstart curriculum give the students with
individual differences choice preferences of what activities they want to
participate in. The 6 different center time activities revolve around reading,
writing, art, science, puzzles, and dramatic play. Giving the students the
option of what they want to engage in encompasses the individual
differences and diversity of the students.

Curriculum is likely to benefit
children

With Jumpstart’s mission of “working toward the day every child in America
enters kindergarten prepared to succeed,” this early literacy program is
very likely to benefit children. Each week is implemented with a core book,
in which the center time and circle time activities revolve around. It is also
proven that the curriculum helps children develop language and literacy
skills they need to be ready for kindergarten. With my experience of
working in my service learning site for about 5 months now, I’ve witnessed
instances where the students use the new vocabulary we teach them
regularly.

Reflection (10 Points): Reflect upon the overall quality of the curriculum you chose to evaluate.
What changes would you make, if any, and why would you make them, now that you know how
to evaluate what you are using and doing?

If I were to make any changes to this curriculum, I would definitely include some
activities that promote physical education. This literacy program exceeds my own expectations
after completing this assignment of indicating what aspects of the curriculum are effective,
however, it is lacking the physical education component. At a young age, it is important to
promote health and well being for a better and healthier future for the youth. I would try to
implement activities that revolve around the story book, the alphabet, or other literacy aspects
that keep the children physically engaged, such as a hopscotch game, jump rope game, etc.
I would also want to include some aspects that allow the child to explore and investigate,
such as projects/the project approach. These projects would allow the students to interact with
one another and investigate topics that not only appeal to their interests, but also connect with
what is mentioned in the core story books that we read to them. The project approach would
allow the students to increase their social skills with one another.
These changes would improve the curriculum that Jumpstart provides now, in which
would result in a very effective curriculum for the students.