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Kirksville R-III School District

Early Childhood Learning Center


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Early Childhood Learning Center Curriculum

Literacy Beginnings


Project Construct


The goal of the curriculum is to aid in the social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development of each child. The ECLC provides a flexible program that gives all children the capacity to engage cooperatively and productively within a learning community environment. Staff uses developmentally appropriate guidelines to plan each day.

Staff in the preschool programs are trained in Project Construct, which is a comprehensive curriculum that guides teachers in successfully planning and implementing a content-rich, developmentally appropriate program that supports active learning and promotes children's progress in all developmental areas. Teachers guide learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology while also supporting children’s social/emotional development.

Preschool Objectives:

Social Emotional Development

  • Exhibits self awareness
  • Develops self control
  • Develops personal responsibility
  • Builds relationships of mutual trust and respect for others
  • Works cooperatively with children and adults
  • Shows curiosity
  • Takes initiative
  • Exhibits creativity
  • Shows confidence
  • Displays persistence
  • Uses problem solving skills


  • Represents feelings and ideas in a variety of ways
  • Uses language to communicate ideas, feelings and questions or to solve problems
  • Listens for different purposes
  • Uses writing as a means of communication
  • Applies early reading skills
  • Attends to sounds in language

Early Science

  • Explores physical properties of objects and materials, characteristics of living things and properties of earth and space
  • Investigates properties of objects and materials, characteristics of living things, and properties of earth and space
  • Represents observations about the physical world, living things, earth and space
  • Solves problems related to observations of the physical world, characteristics of living things, earth and space


  • Uses numbers to show quantity
  • Uses language to represent number of objects
  • Solves problems using numbers
  • Uses numerical representation
  • Investigates positions and locations
  • Explores shapes in the environment
  • Makes comparisons
  • Uses measurement
  • Collects, organizes and uses information

Physical Development, Health and Safety

  • Uses gross motor skills with purpose and coordination
  • Uses fine motor skills with purpose and control
  • Responds to sensory input to function in the environment
  • Practices healthy behaviors
  • Practices safe behaviors


Staff in the Infant Toddler Program are trained in Project Construct. The curriculum guides in creating meaningful daily routines and experiences that respond to individual children's strengths and interests. These early, positive interactions with caring adults can give young children the confidence they need to explore their surroundings and take delight in their day-to-day discoveries.

Infant Toddler Objectives:

To Learn About Self and Others

  • Trusts known, caring adults
  • Regulates own behavior
  • Manages own feelings
  • Responds to other’s feelings with growing empathy
  • Plays with other children
  • Learns to be a member of a group
  • Uses personal care skills

To Learn About Moving

  • Demonstrates basic gross motor skills
  • Demonstrates basic fine motor skills’

To Learn About the World

  • Sustains attention
  • Understands how objects can be used
  • Shows a beginning understanding of cause and effect
  • Shows a beginning understanding that things can be grouped
  • Uses problem-solving strategies
  • Engages in pretend play

To Learn About Communicating

  • Develops receptive language
  • Develops expressive language
  • Participates in conversations
  • Enjoys books and being read to
  • Shows an awareness of pictures and print
  • Experiments with drawing and writing