5 Ways Your Preschool Curriculum is Hurting Rather Than Helping

I've worked with educators, learners and their parents to address underlying causes of low performance and packaged the experience as a curriculum supplement designed to increase engagement among preschoolers. I've done the heavy lifting for you, so you don't have to go through the trouble of reinventing the wheel.


We want preschoolers to remain engaged (and feel included) in class activities. This requires access to instruction and repeated exposure to letters and numbers. Singing an educational song or playing an abc game doesn't mean students are growing toward mastery of alphabetic principles. Glaring evidence comes in the form of overcompensation - students appearing to learn the material. Such students are skillful in interpreting facial expressions and picking up on cues from the environment to choose correct answers; however, they are not able to demonstrate mastery without prompting.

The route we don't want to take involves passing the student with great personality and social skills along without strong literacy skill. We don't want to wish children into special education courses and IEP programs. We also don't want to prevent intellectually advanced students from transitioning with their peers to the next classroom or to kindergarten. We want to be proactive about unexpected and uncharacteristic challenges they experience.

The curriculum supplement that I propose as a solution to this conundrum isn't the solution, simply a solution that requires minimal adjustment to the way classrooms are run. The ABC Sensory system serves as a bridge by making instruction (and assessment) more accessible to early learners. Preschool curricula that do not provide this approach require expenditure of resources to secure teams of professionals: dyslexia and auditory processing disorder specialists, early literacy interventionists. Implementing ABC Sensory is a low-cost alternative and useful for building strong home-school partnerships as well.

ABC Sensory addresses five pain points of many preschool curricula.

Preschool Pain Point #1: Setting parameters for writing letters "correctly". Too much correction prompts learners to disengage and narrow definitions of mastery lead to low confidence. We want to combat this unintended effect embedded in many preschool curricula. ABC sensory handwriting practice sheets show letter shapes and make room for learners to form each in ways that feel natural to them. It's an appropriate modification for learners with weak fine-motor and coordination skills.

Preschool Pain Point #2: Lack of accommodations for learners with delayed language development. Curriculum modifications for special needs populations requires communication, time, and effort. Nonetheless, these learners need strategies in order to follow directions the first time during active learning experiences. Learners who do not yet speak clearly or process language slowly benefit from the ABC Sensory approach in lieu of expressing thoughts verbally. Normalizing ABC Sensory hand signals at home and school-wide addresses this pain point.

Preschool Pain Point #3: Supporting diverse groups of preschoolers with varying social emotional strengths. Adhering to limits and expectations, taking care of their own needs appropriately, forming relationships with adults and friends are all aspects of development that may be impeded by language acquisition challenges. ABC Sensory offers a solution that addresses these and more social emotional preschool learning guidelines by equipping students with tools for interactive classroom collaboration.

Preschool Pain Point #4: Placing limits on self-expression. This approach prompts young learners to shut down. It's difficult to demonstrate a positive approach to learning when the expectation is that students express themselves in ways they have yet to master. With this pain point, I'm specifically referring to students who are learning to cope with delayed and different cognitive abilities. The examples in a recent blog post further demonstration how ABC Sensory offers relief in this area.

Preschool Pain Point #5: Delayed diagnosis and intervention. Encouraging use of digital games to strengthen alphabetic knowledge takes precious time away from building strong motor skills. With ABC Sensory print games (suitable board games), we don't have to choose between learning letters or improving handwriting skill or mastering social-emotional objectives. Playing print games with adults and peers is especially helpful for nurturing the whole child.

Why reinvent the wheel?

ABC Sensory is a system created for clients and perfected over the course of dozens of private tutoring sessions with feedback from parents and early learning experts. Hand signals for each letter of the alphabet are specially designed to improve recall and ideal for teaching the differences between features of similar letters like b, d, p, and q. Using the hand signals helps students unlearn instinctive directionality associated with other objects in the environment. Early learners, preschoolers, and special needs populations learn their ABC's with ease; they're also equipped to participate in an inclusive setting while working toward mastery.

Preorder the complete ABC Sensory system today to save program dollars and develop your staff. The system includes ABC Sensory teachers handbook, flashcards, and 200+ pages of abc learning activities especially designed to facilitate participation in inclusive preschool classrooms and meet the unique challenges learners with disabilities face. Request a quote for bulk orders.

To sample the complete ABC Sensory system, download the handwriting journal and flashcards in our Teachers Pay Teachers store. Educational Support Professionals are available to answer questions and walk you through product demonstrations. You're invited to schedule professional development training today.

You're invited to become an ABC Sensory partner by emailing the learning center: published@je411.com.