Here we discuss the Features, Attributes, Advantages, and Benefits of our Customised and Online Curriculum. And this page is also beneficial for preschools and parents looking for Preschool Subjects, Types of Preschool Lesson Plans, which are discussed herein.
Pedagogies, Scientific methodologies, Early Childhood Education Theories, Early Childhood Education Philosophies, Science of Reading & Learning have always been used appropriately in The ZERO Curriculum™. We also continuously update our curriculum to meet the needs and objectives of different user groups, including teachers, principals, and managers.
Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN)
The goals of foundational literacy and numeracy are essential components of education as a whole, serving both instrumental and intrinsic purposes. Foundational literacy and numeracy skills not only enhance future learning capacity, but also contribute to economic, social, and developmental participation throughout an individual’s life. The intentional act of slow, thoughtful reading is an objective of foundational literacy and numeracy.
Foundational literacy goals encompass a range of skills including pre-math concepts, numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, and patterns. Similarly, foundational numeracy goals include oral language development, phonological awareness, decoding, concepts about print, writing, culture of reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading fluency. Curriculum, training, and assessment are integral aspects of developing FLN, and stakeholders can collaborate with us for module development, surveys, research, and intervention plans. Join our Training Program on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) and contact us to develop a customized curriculum as per your needs and objectives.
Quality children’s literature
Quality children’s literature is the most important source for language and literature, concepts, and lessons for children. It is crucial to choose good quality books that have a significant impact on children’s early literacy. The ZERO Curriculum™ utilizes a complex text, narrative, plot, character, character actions, dialogue, setting, thematic constructions, richness of language, symbols, engagement, illustrations, and more to determine quality children’s literature. Join our Training Programs on “Quality Children’s Literature”- Selection, Review, and Early Literacy implications, and reach us to get a customized Books List as per your Budget & Requirements.
Scientific Principles based Pedagogy
Pedagogy is both a theory and practice of formal education. The ZERO Curriculum™ acknowledges the necessity of pedagogies to provide speedy and crucial educational changes. We work in the areas of ECCE and Primary Grades Pedagogies, and you can join our Training Programs on ‘Pedagogy’ to understand and use them in the Curriculum.
Early Literacy is more than just reading and writing; it encompasses entire communication – expressing oneself, sharing experiences, dreams, imagination, oral capability, writing capability, pictures, paintings, art, colors, and more. The ZERO Curriculum™ includes each aspect in our Curriculum. Join our Training Programs to understand ‘Early Literacy’ – Multi-Grade Multi-Level Classrooms (MGML), Multilingualism, Phonics … Early Literacy is more than ‘When could a child start writing?’ and encompasses more than the early phases of reading and writing. Pictures, print, and vocabulary are all essential components of early literacy. Bring us to make your Early Literacy Initiatives a high-quality ELI.
Theories and Philosophies
The ZERO Curriculum™ incorporates all available preschool theories and philosophies where appropriate. Some of the preschool theories and philosophies used in The ZERO Curriculum™ include Maria Montessori, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Dewey, Maslow, Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia), Sara Smilansky (Learning through Play), Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf), Howard Gardner©*, R. N. Caine, G. Caine, E. Jensen, R. Sylvester, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Paulo Freire, Friedrich Froebel, Thematic Approach, Integrated Approach, Experiential Education, Pestalozzi, Freud, Learning through Play, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore. Join our Training to understand the use of theories and philosophies of early childhood education and primary grades while developing the curriculum.
The ZERO Curriculum™ has been innovating and empowering schools and preschools since 2009, serving as a thought leader, pioneer, and leading innovator in curriculum, assessment, training, and delivery. Join us now to benefit from our high-quality curriculum and thought
Early Numeracy / Foundational Numeracy / Mathematics – Even six-month-old infants possess mathematical abilities. In other words, by the time children enter preschool, they already possess abstract mathematical skills. The ZERO Curriculum™ aims to “mathematize” these skills. Our approach includes introducing calculus concepts as early as preschool and kindergarten.
Calculus in Preschool™ – Early Numeracy – Foundational Numeracy – Enroll in our concise training program to teach mathematics to preschoolers. Outshine your Foundational Literacy & Numeracy (FLN) initiative by partnering with us.
Our emphasis is on teacher empowerment. We provide skills and knowledge of teaching, ensuring that educators understand concepts, pedagogical practices, assessment, and teaching strategies. Join our Teacher Professional Development (TPD/CPD) programs for training and mentoring, and to access our curriculum support.
Our science curriculum is designed to help individuals form their own perspectives on a broad range of science topics. We believe that “learning science” is essentially “doing science,” and The ZERO Curriculum™ successfully implements this approach. Our science curriculum is based on experiments, which we use to develop a culture of experimental thinking.
Bring STEAM into your Curriculum, Join Us – We offer training on how to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) into your curriculum. Our approach is contextualized and culturally relevant. With The ZERO Curriculum™, we promote learning science in unexpected ways and places!
International Standards and Approaches to the Curriculum
The ZERO Curriculum™ is carefully designed to meet international curriculum standards while also taking into account the requirements of national education policies and educational boards. Each state in India also has its unique set of standards that we strive to adhere to. We offer comprehensive training programs on curriculum frameworks and standards, which cover curriculum standards, curriculum framework, national and state policies, and international analysis and interpretations. Our training programs also teach educators how to reflect these frameworks into the curriculum.
Beyond Textbooks – The ZERO Curriculum™ Solutions
A good curriculum should align with both central and state requirements as well as textbooks. At The ZERO Curriculum™, we believe that a curriculum must be engaging, research-based, and technology-driven, with professional development as an essential component. We also develop standards, policies, and procedures for selecting literature and non-fiction for school libraries, classrooms, and students, carefully considering and selecting materials that meet our high standards. Our training programs cover the selection of textbooks, frameworks, standards, and TLMs, teaching educators how to bring high quality into prescriptive textbooks.
Age, Grades, and Programs
Our solutions cover Early Childhood Care and Education (Pre-Primary/ Preschool/ Kindergarten) and Primary Grades, providing curriculum, assessment, training, academic resources, curriculum delivery, printable worksheets, teaching materials, and creative resources for educators. We offer a continuum approach and an MGML approach (Multi-Grade Multi-Level Classroom) from Preschool to Grade 5, ages 1 to 12. We also offer solutions for underprivileged children (Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups; SEDGs), recognizing the unique challenges they face and providing support to help them succeed.
STEAM Education is an approach to teaching and learning that recognizes that creativity and problem-solving do not limit themselves to a particular content area. To guide students’ inquiry, discussion, and problem-solving in a multidimensional approach, STEAM Education integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The STEAM approach is integrative, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary, providing students with a holistic learning experience. Our training sessions on using STEM with Arts and integrating STEAM into the curriculum offer practical and innovative ways to engage students in a multifaceted learning environment.
Language & Literacy
Literacy is more than just reading and writing; it encompasses the entire realm of communication, including expressing oneself, sharing experiences and dreams, imagination, oral and writing skills, pictures, paintings, art, colors, sign language, and much more. In The ZERO Curriculum™, reading and writing are not delivered through worksheets or other heavily rigor-based activities. Instead, we employ a process that utilizes developmentally appropriate materials, activities, and foundational experiences, including DAP worksheets, in the relevant context to encourage children to engage in literacy fun and meaningfully. Our early language and literacy training sessions cover curriculum, pedagogy, methodology, teacher education, teacher training, instructional aims, multilingualism, social context, linguistic context, and more.
Calculus in Preschool™
If the student fails in Calculus, then what is the actual reason behind failure in Calculus? This pedagogy is behind our Calculus in Preschool™ initiative. We provide concise training programs to teach mathematics to preschoolers and offer early numeracy and Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) initiatives to help educators bring out the best in their students.
Downward Extensions and Connections among Subjects / Content Areas?
The ZERO Curriculum™ recognizes that preschool education is not a mere extension of primary education. Preschool education covers a wide range of topics, such as early mathematical skills, which are different from those taught in primary or grade 1 mathematics. Our continuum approach provides a high-quality preschool curriculum that uses early childhood education concepts and pedagogies to prepare children for primary grades. Our training sessions on parents’ role in the curriculum and assessment highlight the importance of involving parents as partners in the learning process.
The ZERO Curriculum™ offers more than just text; it includes manuals, assessments, teaching strategies, content area details, activities, mentoring, continuing support, training, and customization. Our curriculum is built with training endeavors to help teachers and principals understand the themes, activities, content areas, and deliver it in the proper language of teaching and in the best possible unscripted way. We provide teacher education to teacher training, continuous professional development (CPD), teacher professional development (TPD), continuous mentoring, teacher training modules, instructional procedures, and delivery/teaching techniques to ensure the highest quality curriculum.
Humanity’s challenges in the next 20 years cannot be addressed through science or mathematics alone. Arts, humanities, and social sciences will play more significant roles than we can currently visualize. Our social studies curriculum encourages students to appreciate facts, understand history, and be conscious of the environment. We employ instructional methodologies that make social studies enjoyable and provide training sessions on social studies in ECCE at The ZERO Curriculum™.
Play vs. Hard work – Hard work itself is FUN™
The words “play” and “hard work” are often misused. Like mathematics, even a simple board game such as LUDO has rules that everyone enjoys learning. When it comes to children, hard work can be transformed into play that is enjoyable. We provide practical and innovative ways to engage students in a multifaceted learning environment that combines play and hard work, making learning fun and effective.
How we Teach is more important than What we Teach™.
When it comes to teaching, the way we approach a topic is just as important as what we teach. Take for example the teaching of an animal, the specific animal being taught is not as important as the methods used to teach about it. The methods used to teach, such as instructional exercises, activities, discussions, thematic activities, Flash Cards, and worksheets, all play a critical role in the learning process. At The ZERO Curriculum™, we have given adequate attention to all these How’s in our curriculum.
However, it is important to note that both the How and What of teaching are essential. At The ZERO Curriculum™, we believe in providing a high-quality curriculum that includes important aspects such as choice, identity, responsibility, and goal setting. Our curriculum is designed to equip learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.
Our worksheets are in alignment with the curriculum. They are designed to facilitate formative assessment and are developmentally appropriate for learners. Our worksheets incorporate project-based and activity-based learning and can be used for homeschooling and as extra-curricular academic activities. We provide guidance on using these worksheets, even if you are unfamiliar with the grade-based syllabus and curriculum. Additionally, learning outcomes, assessment, purposes, and alignment with the curriculum are all discussed in the respective worksheet pages.
- All worksheets are in alignment with the Curriculum.
- Our worksheets are designed to help in formative assessment.
- These are developmentally appropriate worksheets.
- Our worksheets incorporate project-based learning and activity-based learning.
- Our worksheets will help in homeschooling.
- Our worksheets will also serve the purpose of extra-curricular academic activities.
- Our worksheets will guide you so that even if you are not conversant with grade-based syllabus and grade-based curriculum, you can use these worksheets to facilitate your children/learners’ study.
- Learning outcomes, assessment, purposes, and alignment with the curriculum, all such aspects, are also discussed in the respective worksheets pages as well.
Parent inclusive: Parents as Partners™
At The ZERO Curriculum™, we believe in the importance of involving parents as partners in preschool curriculum. We value and collect feedback from parents and actively work to integrate their input into our curriculum delivery through our “Parents as Partners” initiative.
In today’s world, parents are increasingly knowledgeable and engaged in their child’s education, thanks to the proliferation of technology and other resources. As a result, they may have questions or concerns that teachers and principals may find challenging to address. However, we encourage and welcome parent involvement and strive to incorporate their feedback and ideas into our curriculum.
By embracing the “Parents as Partners” approach, we are better equipped to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience for young children, one that takes into account the unique needs and perspectives of both parents and teachers. This collaborative approach not only benefits the child but also strengthens the overall preschool community.
Play is NOT idle babysitting Play™
In the field of preschool education, the term “play” is often used in a vague and misunderstood manner. Children have an endless variety of ways to engage in play, and it is important to clarify the types of play most beneficial in early childhood education. In ECCE philosophy, play can take many forms, including free play, guided play, playful learning, playful pedagogy, learning through play, playful classrooms, symbolic play, pretend play, imaginative play, playful settings, and supplemental play. However, it is important to note that simple babysitting and allowing children to wander around and play on their own is not an adequate form of play for a preschool environment. The ZERO Curriculum™ emphasizes that true play is not idle babysitting, and it is essential to implement intentional and purposeful play in early childhood education to support children’s development and learning. As such, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the different types of play and their benefits in the context of preschool education.