Our Curriculum and NAEYC Accreditation

OUR CURRICULUM   The Get Set For School Curriculum is a proven success in preparing Pre-K students for kindergarten.

This award winning curriculum was developed by Jan T. Olsen, OTR in response to requests for hands on teaching materials that would make learning fun and easy for all Pre-K students regardless of their learning style.  The multi sensory program addresses different learning styles and invites active participation. 

Get Ready For School features three components; “Handwriting Without Tears®” readiness and writing, language and literacy and numbers and math.

To learn more and to view the parent component available go to www.hwtears.com.

About Jan Z. Olsen – Occupational therapist Jan Z. Olsen is the founder and developer of the Handwriting Without Tears® program. The curriculum is the culmination of successes over the past 30 years, plus many new ideas from collaborations with teachers, occupational therapists, and administrators across the country. Understanding the challenges in the classroom and the gaps in educational offerings, Jan and her staff work to create materials and books that meet educators’ needs in a way that is fun and engaging, while developmentally appropriate and effective for all students.

Jan co-created the Get Set for School® Pre-K program in 2003, with Emily Knapton, Occupational Therapist, M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a dual endorsement in SPED and Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Certificate in autism. Get Set for School is an award-winning complete school readiness program that prepares young children for kindergarten using play-based, developmentally appropriate activities and materials. It won two of the most prestigious national education awards: The Children’s Curriculum Winner from the Association for Educational Publishers and The Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning Magazine.

Each year, Jan leads a team of certified presenters that deliver Get Set for School and Handwriting Without Tears workshops to train teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents to teach handwriting and school readiness skills. These dynamic presentations are widely regarded as the most inspiring and relevant professional development opportunities available to educators.

National media, including Newsweek, “CBS Evening News”, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, Parents, and Parenting have tapped Jan’s expertise. She has also been featured in numerous trade magazines. Jan Olsen resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) ACCREDITATION – Since 1985 Naeyc’s national accreditation system has been the gold standard for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find the best learning experiences for young children.  Smart Cookies is proud to be participating in this program working towards accreditation.  For more information on the NAEYC organization go to www.naeyc.org.