The aim of the FirstSchool curriculum framework is to ensure an effective, essential, and ethical curriculum for all children in PreK-3rd grade. This framework calls for instruction that responds to children's curiosities and respects their lives both inside and out of the classroom; attends carefully to the tentative balance between a rigorous and challenging curriculum, and one that has personal relevance; involves families in children's learning; and utilizes relationships among adults and children to support projects of inquiry.
New, R., Palsha, S. & Ritchie, S. (2009). Issues in PreK-3rd education: A FirstSchool framework for curriculum and instruction. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute, FirstSchool.
- Overview of Issues