ERIC Number: ED482854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Foundations for Young Children to the Indiana Academic Standards.
Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.
Noting that young children need early childhood settings supporting the development of the full range of capacities that will serve as a foundation for future school learning, and that adults have an opportunity and an obligation to assist children in becoming active participants in the learning process, this document details foundations to Indiana's academic standards for preschool children to support the state's teachers, parents, and caregivers as they develop appropriate experiences for young children. The introductory section discusses the importance of developmentally appropriate learning environments for 3- to 5-year-olds, adaptations for exceptional learners, recommended practices for children who are English language learners, and technology for young children. The remainder of the document presents foundations for young children in the content areas of: (1) English/language arts (reading, reading comprehension, literacy and analysis, writing process, writing application, and listening and speaking); (2) mathematics (number sense, computation, algebra and function, geometry, measurement, and problem solving); (3) science (the nature of science, scientific thinking, environments, and communication); (4) social studies (history, civics and government, geography, economics, and individuals, society, and culture); (5) physical education (gross/fine motor and sensory development, learning and development of motor skills, enjoyment of motor and sensory experiences, responsible personal health and safety practices, and respect for differences); (6) music (appreciation, participation/exploration/ production, and analysis; and (7) visual arts (appreciation, creating art, and careers and community). Each content section includes an introduction, a statement of the guiding principles behind the foundation, and the early learning foundation for each of the Indiana Academic Standards for Kindergarten. Each individual foundation describes skills appropriate for 3- to 5-year-olds; gives examples of activities to support growth and learning in each area; describes the adult's role; offers suggestions for materials; and presents a variety of scenarios from the classroom, home, or outdoor environment to illustrate experiences addressing the foundation. Resources for adults and children are included at the end of each content area. Completing the document is a table delineating sequences of developmental growth, and a glossary of relevant terms. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adult Child Relationship, Behavior Standards, Caregiver Role, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Experience, Educational Objectives, Emergent Literacy, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Education, Parent Role, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Science Education, Social Studies, Special Needs Students, State Standards, Teacher Role, Visual Arts
Prime Time Division, Indiana Department of Education, Room 229, State House, 151 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798. Tel: 317-232-9152; Fax: 317-232-9121; Web site: http://www.doe.state.in.us. For full text: http://paris.doe.state.in.us/downloads/PreschoolFoundations.doc.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.