Since 1984, Learning Dynamics has been putting the apple on top of education with its reading program for preschoolers. With more than 30 years of experience, Learning Dynamics has five schools — three in Utah County — and they’ve got this preschool thing down to the ABCs.
“We developed a system so that all of our teachers could deliver the same results whether they were a rookie or veteran teacher,” says John Lant, president of Learning Dynamics.
[pullquote]“We developed a system so that all of our teachers could deliver the same results whether they were a rookie or veteran teacher.” —John Lant, president of Learning Dynamics[/pullquote]
That system doesn’t start at the very beginning, but instead starts with five key letters: M, A, P, S and T. After learning these five letters, children are taught blending — where they connect letters and are able to read using Learning Dynamics’ readers. From there, the students learn one letter every day to expand their reading capabilities.
Despite having 384 students per school, Learning Dynamics limits class sizes so there is a 12-to-1 ratio for students and teachers. This allows for daily one-on-one reading. By the end of the year, every student is reading to some degree.
While Learning Dynamics zeros in on learning at the age children become curious about language, it doesn’t neglect the importance of playtime. Part of the curriculum includes social interaction, behavior and learning to be a contributor to their tiny society, such as picking up toys after themselves. Plus, the school switches activities every five to seven minutes.