Virginia K-12 teachers have the Standards of Learning to guide instruction, but what about our younger students? The Department of Education has written a set of Comprehensive Standards for 4-year-olds called the Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. These Foundation Blocks incorporate goals and objectives from each curriculum area and also include suggested learning activities.Foundation Blocks Standards by clicking the image above. In addition to all of the suggested activities that are listed, here are links to some other developmentally appropriate ways to teach each standard.
Oral LanguageThe child will develop listening and speaking skills by communicating experiences and ideas orally.
- Sequencing a Story (The Mitten)
- Show & Share - from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
- Story Telling - from Teach Preschool
- How to Build Communication Skills - from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
- Story Stones - from Teach Preschool
- Using Pictures to Develop Oral Language - from Stay at Home Educator
- Nursery Rhyme Activity - from Where Imagination Grows
VocabularyThe child will develop an understanding of word meanings through the use of appropriate and expanding vocabulary.
- Building Children's Vocabulary - from Teach Preschool
- Opposite Words - from Playdough to Plato
- Supporting Vocabulary Development - from NAEYC
- Free Vocabulary Picture Cards - from Pre-K Pages
Phonological AwarenessThe child will manipulate the various units of speech sounds in words.
- Rhyming - Fun ways to practice
- Phonemic Awareness Activities - from Pre-K Pages
- Teaching Rhyming - from PreKinders
- Rhyming Activities - from Fun-A-Day
- Playing with Syllables - from This Reading Mama
- Initial Sound Picture Sorts - folder games for easy practice
- Syllable Songs - from Dr. Jean
- Syllable Puddle Jumping - from Playdough to Plato
Letter KnowledgeThe child will demonstrate basic knowledge of the alphabetic principle and understand that the letters in written words represent the sounds in spoken words.
- Alphabet Sensory Bin - Letter learning and sensory fun
- Literacy in the Block Area - from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
- Making Letters - Construct letters on the light table
- Hands-On Alphabet - activities to practice the letters
- Spelling Names - Fun ideas to teach children the letters of their names
- Name Recognition Puzzles - from Preschool Inspirations
- Font Sorts - easy folder games
- Magnetic Letter Activities - from Fun-A-Day
- Alphabet on the Light Table - from And Next Comes L
- Name Folders - 4 hands-on ways to practice
Print AwarenessThe child will demonstrate knowledge of print concepts and understand the connection between the spoken and written word.
- Pretend Writing - Why it's so important.
- Simple Sight Words - Learning them through sensory play
- Develop Concept of Word - using the pocket chart
- Importance of Looking at Pictures - from Fun-A-Day
WritingThe child will write using a variety of materials and technology to convey thoughts, ideas, and experiences.
- Salt Tray Writing - Incorporates a sensory experience
- Watercolor Names - Art and writing
- Letter Rubbing - Pre-Writing activity
- Using Different Writing Tools - from Teach Preschool
- Writing is a Developmental Process
- Gross Motor Writing - Get them moving while they learn to write
- Pencil Grasp - Information about development from Stay at Home Educator
Our first day at Play to Learn Preschool is today. (Wish us luck. The first month is exhausting!) Whether you've been teaching for a while or are just ready to get started, I hope that you have a wonderful school year, full of lots of playing and literacy learning.
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