The Science Behind STREAMin3
A curriculum that sparks children’s learning with engaging activities is important. But, research also shows that it is high-quality interactions children have with their teacher and peers throughout the day at school that matter most. Simply put, what we teach children in the early years is important, but how we teach it makes a critical difference in the way children learn. That’s where STREAMin3 comes in.
A Focus on What Children Learn
STREAMin3 focuses on five Core skills that form the building blocks for later learning and six STREAM skills that prepare children for academic success in kindergarten and beyond. All of these skills map directly onto the developmental sequences and expectations that support early learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
A Focus on How Children Learn
STREAMin3 also focuses on what research tells us is critical for children’s learning. Young children are curious learners who need culturally relevant opportunities to learn about the world around them. And, they don’t follow the same pace and rate in their skill development, nor do they have the same interests, cultural backgrounds or experiences. STREAMin3 is structured to embrace all of these differences and meet these needs. It encourages children to be active agents in their own learning and lets teacher individualize learning opportunities as needed.
A Focus on Implementation
STREAMin3 places an emphasis on creating a comprehensive, integrated learning experience that encourages teachers to be intentional in promoting positive interactions with and between children.
A FOCUS ON IMPLEMENTATION
The in3 of STREAMin3
At STREAMin3, we know educators need training and ongoing support to implement a curriculum with high fidelity.
Our curriculum model includes professional development (PD) to help teachers maximize their moment-to-moment interactions with children, the instruction they provide, and their implementation of the STREAMin3 curriculum.
Embedded materials and resources, individualized coaching, and group PD sessions all help programs reflect on how to get the most out of the STREAMin3 curriculum within their early childhood education center.
Our Theoretical Framework
Central to any curriculum package is a focus on what children learn and how they learn it. Take a closer look at the theory behind STREAMin3.
STREAMin3 Research Pilot
Our curriculum is being piloted as part of a research study in over 100 private, faith-based, and public classrooms across 37 early childhood programs in Virginia.