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Creative Curriculum vs. OWL Curriculum
Old 08-10-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Hello Board, I was wondering if anyone can provide me with information on the OWL curriculum. I'm very familiar with the creative curriculum. What's the differences between the curriculum. Where can I go to get some helpful insights on the OWL curriculum?


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wow do our curriculums differ
Old 08-16-2009, 12:46 AM
 
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Hi Everyone, I am from down under , and boy do our curriculums differ, we work on the kids needs and interests, and that dictates our curriculum, we are very skill based as well. If anyone would like to swap observation formats or program plans pls email me , also accreditation is compulsory and linked to funding where as it does not seem necessary in the USA cheers Jill
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Hi! We use the OWL curriculum in our program and I have some mixed feelings about it. The curriculum lays out 6 themes that are designed to take 4 weeks each. It is VERY detailed and is good for someone who may be new to teaching or just needs a more structured program to follow. The teacher manual will tell you what story to read, what day to read it and what questions to ask as you read. It will also tell you what you can do for your small groups and lays out stories and poems to use each week. The stories are read more than once each unit. They give you a 4 or 5 books and you read each of them 4 times during the 4 weeks.

I teach a class of 3-5 year olds and about half of my students repeat my class the next year (each child is eligible for 2 years if they start when they are 3). I have challenges with OWL because it is not written toward a large age/ability gap and some of my students get bored hearing the same stories they heard last year or doing the same activities they did last year. I find myself making lots of adaptations or modifications for these reasons. For my classroom I use the curriculum as more of a guide than an absolute plan.

From my limited experience with Creative Curriculum, I feel that Creative Curriculum provides more freedom than OWL does. If I remember correctly, you can choose elements that fit into each theme and you can choose what theme you do, when you do it and how long it lasts.

Let me know if you have any other questions about the curriculum or if there is any other information I can provide for you!
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I have worked in a research project with a large urban school district using the OWL curriculum, and while it is quite structured, it is very specific to the development of language and literacy skills, which have been proven to strongly impact later school success. In our project, the classrooms that used the OWL curriculum had significantly greater student outcomes in language and literacy development. I have found the Creative Curriculum to be much less focused on content. There is always discussion/disagreement on developmentally appropriate practice and the degree to which we "should be" emphasizing academic content over play and social/emotional development. While challenging, I believe that good teachers can balance the two and blend the important academic foundations into play! I encourage teachers to seek out the research on the OWL curriculum!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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I would be interested in your research with your 3-5 year olds and the OWL curriculum. How do your students respond to the weekly story books? The books seem a bit abstract and most of our students are not interested in the stories. Our district is having a difficult time with the OWL curriculum which will be here for a while. At this point we have not been given too much wiggle room for adding to the curriculum.


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