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ERIC Number: ED481492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences.
Franklin, Sandra Putnam; Lamana, Annette; Van Thiel, Lisa
This document presents guidelines for preschool learning experiences in Massachusetts programs for 3- and 4-year-olds and is designed to be used by teachers and program administrators in planning and evaluating curricula. The guidelines structure learning through play and meaningful activities in a developmental sequence and are based on the following principles: (1) all young children are capable of learning; (2) children show individual differences in development; (3) knowledge of child growth and development is essential for program development and implementation; (4) children's language skills are the best predictors of academic success; (5) developmental domains are highly interrelated; (6) young children learn by doing; and (7) families are the primary caregivers and educators of their young children. Following introductory remarks, the guidelines are organized into six major sections: (1) English language arts; (2) mathematics; (3) science and technology/engineering; (4) history and social science; (5) health education; and (6) the arts. Each section delineates learning guidelines focusing on what staff should do to help young children develop needed skills and knowledge, links to the Massachusetts Prekindergarten-Kindergarten standards, and ideas for preschool learning experiences. Appended are suggested adaptations for children with disabilities and a 169-item bibliography. (KB)
Massachusetts Department of Education, Early Learning Services, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-6364; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts