Supporting Children's Success in Kindergarten and Beyond
Getting a good start. The best foundation for kindergarten and later success in school is for children to have experiences that support them in growing, learning, and building relationships from the time they are born. The Early Learning Guidelines are designed to give you-as teachers, caregivers, and family members-some basic information about supporting children in all areas of learning and development as you think about and plan for their experiences.
Children are born eager to learn. The joy of learning is the best gift children can bring with them as they enter kindergarten. Adults nurture that joy by providing many different kinds of experiences for children, such as exploration, as well as one-on-one direct teaching, both individual and group activities, and through carefully planned activities and materials as well as taking advantage of spontaneous teachable moments. Children need ongoing experiences that are encouraging and challenging to keep them motivated to learn and off to a good start as successful learners.
Supporting Nebraska’s K-12 Standards. Each of the components in the Early Learning Guidelines is aligned with specific K-12 standards to show how that area of learning, activities, adult support, and environment connects to the continuum of learning in achieving Nebraska’s state standards.
Language development and experiences with stories, books, rhymes, music and rhythm, communication through conversations and play in the early years are important in learning to read. Environments that provide everyday experiences for counting, comparing and manipulating objects, and finding out how things grow and how things work help children develop knowledge and skills in mathematics and science. Secure relationships with parents, family members, teachers, caregivers, and other adults and children help children to feel emotionally safe and confident as learners and in their social interactions with others.
Communicating with kindergarten teachers. Information about the Early Learning Guidelines has been sent to elementary principals in public schools across the state to share with kindergarten teachers. The Guidelines are available on the Nebraska Department of Education web site. Ongoing efforts are planned to assure that kindergarten teachers have opportunities to become knowledgable about the Guidelines.
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