ERIC Number: ED481492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Guidelines, Health Education, Inclusive Schools, Learning Experience, Parent School Relationship, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Special Needs Students, State Curriculum Guides, State Standards
Massachusetts Department of Education, Early Learning Services, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-6364; Web site: http://www.doe.mass.edu. For full text: http://www.doe.mass.edu/els/guidelines.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts