Welcome to the Project Ready! website. This website was set up to share the preschool instructional and support materials that are being created as part of the Project Ready research project. It is a work in progress as the project is on-going and new materials and revised materials are added as they become available. The project consists of 4 parts: A core preschool curriculum, (Joyful Discoveries), Playful Interventions, Family Education, and Teacher Professional Learning. You can download a research article research presentation handouts about Project Ready! here (2019 Division of Early Childhood Conference in Dallas, TX) and on our main website under the faculty research tab, www.msj.edu/reading-science. You can also watch a webinar about Project Ready! by clicking here

Our research on the development of Project Ready! was published in Reading & Writing Quarterly. You can access the journal article by clicking here

The main curriculum, Joyful Discoveries, consists of 12 Units plus the Alphabetics Small Group and you can download these materials in the left column. We are in the process of editing our original 7 units, creating an introduction document, and creating 5 additional units across this year. These will be added as they are edited/created. Original artwork throughout the curriculum was created by Jenny Kathmann. The right column consists of the small group instructional and intervention materials that are used in Joyful Discoveries. There are additional small group instructional materials embedded within each unit. These materials can also be used independent of the curriculum for small group instruction or intervention focus on oral language and listening comprehension (Telling Terrific Tales & SAMMY Wordless Books) and Math.

If you have any questions about use of the materials or the Project Ready! research project please contact Dr. Amy Murdoch at amy.murdoch@msj.edu

All Project Ready! Instructional materials are copyright protected. Copyright © Dr. Amy Murdoch, 2019. You are welcome to use these free materials in your educational practice and to share with other educators or parents. The materials are not permitted to be sold commercially or use in any commercial endeavor.


This unit welcomes children to school and lets them know how happy we are to have them in our school! In this unit we explore all of the things we will learn at school this year.




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This Unit teaches the importance of kindness. It is a foundational unit, where the theme of kindness is discussed and reinforced across all units in the curriculum. We explore kindness to our family and friends; kindness to animals; and kindness to our planet. Content covered in this unit includes ways to show kindness to our friends, family, animals, and planet; caring careers (Veterinarian, zoo keeper, animal shelter worker); life cycle of cats and dogs; recycling; conservation; and Earth Day. 



Teacher's Manual




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This Unit explores the countries, people, & animals of North America. It begins with an exploration of maps & globes and then discusses the continent. We explore 3 of North America's countries animal habitats found in N. America, learn about scientists who study nature, and explore common amphibians. 

N. America Teacher's Manual--1-22

N. America Materials.docx


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This Unit explores the universe! It explores our place in the universe, the planets in our solar system, our planet Earth & Earth's moon, and stars and constellations. 

Teacher's Manual


Solar System Book 


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This Unit explores the countries, people, & animals of South America. It begins with a review of maps & globes and then discusses the continent of South America. We explore the country of Brazil and then explore three different animal habitats and learn about the animals that live there: Rain forest, Plateau (Altiplano) Region, and the Ocean. 

Teacher's Manual



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This unit is all about the amazing human body. We learn the parts of the body including learning about our skeleton and what happens when a bone breaks. We also discover the wonderful diversity of human bodies and how skin color and other human features come in lots of different lovely varieties. We learn ways to take care of our body through eating healthy foods, exercising, and taking care of our teeth. This unit ends with a discussion of emotions and how we also have to understand and take care of our feelings. 


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This Unit explores the countries, people, & animals of Africa. It begins with a review of maps & globes and then discusses the continent of Africa. We explore 2 African countries, animal habitats and special animals found in Africa, and we discuss a famous scientist who studied animals in Africa--Jane Goodall. 

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This Unit explores our natural world. It explores plants & flower and their pollinators (butterflies & bees) and trees & birds. 


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This small group can be used for instruction and/or intervention. It focuses on phonological awareness, letter names and sounds, letter writing, and some oral language skills. Below are links to the manual and needed materials for the group. 


Alphabetics Quick Guide

Small Group Manual 


Letter Posters, PA Cards & PA Poems 

Letter Formation Cards 

ABC Fishing Game


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Telling Terrific Tales is a small group instructional routine focused on building oral language and listening comprehension skills through listening and acting out well known tales. 


Telling Terrific Tales Small Group Manual

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This manual outlines small group instruction focused on building basic concepts for preschoolers - colors, shapes, opposites, and relative size. 

Basic Concepts Instructional Manual 

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This is a set of fun, incidental, interventions to help children learn letter names.  



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