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NYS Home School and Educational Resources: Pre-K Resources
The task of revising the Early Learning Standards provided an opportunity to articulate a shared understanding of what young children can achieve with our support. Across New York State, educators, community members, researchers, and policymakers all advocated for what would be best for all children – developmentally appropriate expectations within a context that embraces children’s multiple identities and differing abilities. Standards represent a belief that equitable outcomes among diverse populations are possible when we focus our instruction and programming on who children are and what they need. Standards are only ideals, however, without the investment and dedication of the educators and parents, family members, and other adults in children’s lives. It is their work and protective care that empowers children to reach their fullest potential and makes real the Standards’ potential to equalize academic achievement for New York’s young children.
"Several years ago, while substituting in a kindergarten classroom, I forgot to add the “lunch” icon to the daily wall schedule. As the students filed in, two children burst into tears, convinced that lunch was canceled.
I often think about this moment in my parenting, for two reasons. First, it reminds me that routines are comforting and empowering. Second, it reminds me that what adults view as “little things” are often not so little to our children. Kids crave predictability and feel more confident when they know what to expect...
Research has shown that supporting the healthy development of a child right from the start promotes significant educational, social, and financial benefits for children, as well as for their communities.
The Starfall Website is a program service of Starfall Education Foundation, a publicly supported nonprofit organization. Starfall has been teaching children to read with phonics for well over a decade. The systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade,
special education, home school, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards: A Resource for School Success
This resource was developed by the New York State Education
Department’s offices of Early Learning and Curriculum and Instruction. It is intended to be used as a reference tool by teachers, specialists, and administrators responsible for designing programs for four-year-old prekindergarten students. This resource provides a uniform format for learning standards in all content areas to make it easier for users to read and understand. However, users are encouraged to review the full articulations of the New York State Learning Standards where links are provided since they provide a higher level of detail, additional introductory statements and illustrate learning progressions to upper grades. From a planning perspective, this document highlights the importance of addressing young children’s development and learning across all developmental domains. However, the New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards (NYSPLS) is not a curriculum, assessment or set of teaching strategies.
Schools and daycares have closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Office of Early Learning has provided activities and resources for families and educators to use while children are at home. Some activities are online computer resources, while others make use of non-technological resources. Educators are developing ways to use technology in continuity of learning plans.
Turn your home into a Montessori home--and become a more mindful, attentive, and easygoing parent. It's time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a "terrible two" into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery. With hundreds of practical ideas for every aspect of living with a toddler, here are five principles for feeding your child's natural curiosity, from "Trust in the child" to "Fostering a sense of wonder." Step-by-step ways to cultivate daily routines with ease, like brushing teeth, toilet-training, dealing with siblings, losing the pacifier. Plus learn how to: Stay composed when your toddler is not and set limits with love and respect--without resorting to bribes or punishment Set up your home and get rid of the chaos Create Montessori activities that are just right for your one-to-three-year-old Raise an inquisitive learner who loves exploring the world around them See the world through your toddler's eyes and be surprised and delighted by their perspective Be your child's guide--and truly celebrate every stage
How Children Learn, 50th Anniversary Edition by John Holt
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, "learning is as natural as breathing." In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we can nurture and encourage these natural abilities in our children.