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Friday, September 23, 2011

Common Core Standards and Early Childhood

I was sitting in a meeting recently with a group educators and we were talking about the impact of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on early childhood.  I mentioned that I had spent the summer on a state committee looking at our preschool language arts standards and making sure they are preparing a child for success in meeting the new standards when she attends kindergarten.  Our committee discovered that our preschool standards were very strong in preparing a child for that success.  We also discovered, however, that we did need to change some terminology and begin to help educators make that smooth transition from preschool to the CCSS in kindergarten.  We also learned that it will be good practice to begin to talk more about fiction, non-fiction and the writing process, which in preschool is drawing and responding to stories and texts.  The CCSS is a different direction, but in my opinion, a good direction.  Through those standards we can help children delve more into the reading and writing process and more thoroughly understand the printed word.  I hope early childhood educators will help children in this learning process and realize that remaining developmentally appropriate will help children be successful with these new standards.

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At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Marshall Hansen said...

One thing I've noticed is over the years we expect more and more of kids at an earlier age. I don't remember specifically I did in preschool but I don't think it had anything to do with reading and writing. I think it was more about learning not to eat the paste. We might be taking away kids fun years by expecting too much too early.

 
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Kids always learn through the games, drawing is important thing for learning process. They have lot of question on his /her mind.

 
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At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post on Common Core Standards in relation to the purpose of Early Childhood Educators is very powerful. I think that many people are hesitant to change but that these Common Core Standards will assist the children greatly in terms of enhancing their literacy skills with reading and writing.

 
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