Ready to Advance includes 10 comprehensive units based on interconnected topics and concepts blending social-emotional experience with academic learning. The research-based curriculum is grounded in the understanding of how young children learn, recognizing the diversity of their experiences, and meeting them where they are to help them be kindergarten ready.

Learning Domains

The program supports instruction across all Domains of Learning and has been correlated to all 50 state standards for PreK:

  • Foundational Skills
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Health and Physical Development
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Language and Literacy
  • Science

Unit Topic Set

Each three-week unit includes vocabulary and concepts for early learners to build knowledge and expand their oral language. Each unit is built around a concept or topic with an Essential Question. A unit begins with a short video to spark interest, provide background knowledge, and encourage collaborative conversations.

Concepts and vocabulary link and build across units and build knowledge through engaging text that promotes comprehension.

Emergent Writing

Ready to Advance Early Learning features essential emergent writing instruction. Children gain knowledge of and interest in writing as they are continually exposed to print and writing in their environment. Ready to Advance Early Learning provides multiple strategies teachers can use to scaffold children’s writing. Teachers, by being aware of children’s current fine motor abilities and their progress in emergent writing, can use a mix of these strategies to foster growth in each child zone of proximal development. Ready to Advance emergent writing resources include a robust Teacher's Guide along with two oversized flip charts for whole-group and small-group instruction.

Foundational Skills

Ready to Advance Early Learning includes a broad array of foundational tools to support skills young learners must master before they can become fluent readers. These skills include the alphabet, the concept of print, phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, and fluency. These resources are available in print and projectable formats through Benchmark Universe and include high-frequency word readers, shared reading lap books, emergent readers, high-frequency word cards, sound/symbol cards, letter cards, literacy manipulatives, and more.

Transitional Activities

Transitional activities are interactive, engaging, and purposeful. Children are encouraged to participate verbally and physically to deepen their understandings and apply what they are learning. Activities are designed so that they address state standards for physical development, social and emotional growth, corporation with peers, and practice following safety precautions.

Transitional Activities Overview
Read Aloud Transitional Activity

English Language Development

English Learner strategies are integrated into each lesson, developing word knowledge and oral language. This amplifies an already rich oral language experience for english Learners by explicitly focusing on word knowledge, grammar, and concept application within the Language and Literacy and Mathematics lessons.


Instructional assessment is the collection of data to identify what children can do and need to learn. The data is used to inform teaching and practice. Typically, informal observational assessment methods are used with younger children. Teachers observe and collect data as children participate in whole-class lessons, small-group lessons, and independent activities.

Informal assessment data may be used to group children for instruction, differentiate instruction, and report a child’s progress toward attaining end-of-year outcomes.

The Ready to Advance Assessment Guide for the full program includes multiple options for assessing and monitoring individual performance and reporting progress. Districts, campuses, and teachers can select the assessments that best meet the children’s needs.