The Child Development Division of CDE has recently published the Early Learning Foundations which provide a framework from which to plan developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. The guidelines address the growth of children at 48 months and 60 months of age with a focus on social emotional devleopment, language and literacy acquisition, English language development and mathematics. A general description of the early learning competency is presented followed by suggestions and examples from expert practitioners. The foundations can be downloaded at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp
Through WestEd and regional CPIN (California Preschool Instructional Network) groups there will be opportunities to participate in early learning/ child development workshops and training throughout the state. www.cpin.us and www.wested.org/cs/we/view/pg/3
Washington Learning Systems has free, reproducible parent-child activity materials available in both English and Spanish. The early literacy activities are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers from birth to three. With twenty home and community activities, parents can develop language, increase their child's ability to discriminate among sounds and rhythms, and develop general book and print awareness. Simply download the files at www.walearning.com
Washington Learning Systems also produces DVD's that feature families modeling language and literacy development through dialogic interactions with their children around books and play. Each of the two DVDs titled Talking and Books and Talking and Play is availabe in six different languages. Once purchased, you have the rights to duplicate.
The California Department of Education has released the Preschool Learning Foundations. The foundations are guidelines that identify early learning competencies for children at 48 and 60 months of age in the areas of social-emotional development, language and literacy as well as mathematics. There are also competencies described in English-language development that are not based on age, rather on three stages of development. Reflecting early child development research, each competency is presented as a general statement followed by a more indepth explanation of the item and a list of related observable behaviors. The Preschool Learning Foundations can be viewed at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp
A key focus of our mission is to support pre-literacy development through ELF. We continue to emphasize the importance of reading aloud with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, however now we also need to model and encourage what might be a more powerful message to parents...talk to your children. Laura Pappano reports in the Harvard Education Letter that research is mounting that links language-rich home environments with reading success and school achievement. In fact, exploratory investigative discussions between parents and children are central to higher-level lieracy, while the social-emotional bond parents have with children can amplify learning. Parents remain uniquely able to tailor explanations that click with their child and provide more extensive opportunities for rich discussion. Read more at http://www.edletter.org/insights/familyconversation.shtml
"Cultivando el habito de la lectura" or "Cultivating Readers" with interactive, fun activities is a new resource designed for parents by the National Center for Family Literacy. This booklet available in both English and Spanish, is intended to support the development of pre-literacy and literacy skills from infancy through grade three. Colorful and engaging, this 12-page booklet can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.famlit.org/atf/cf/%7B3D0C0CE7-6FDA-40BA-88F3-AA78546501E7%7D/Cultivating%20Readers_NCFL_2008.pdf
Here are some familiar and new songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use and share with your ELF families. Project Family/ CDC has made available these popular playgroup rituals that have been translated from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. They are available at www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/songsengspan.pdf?docID=2682&AddInterest=1145
What learning materials do your families, both adults and children, use and enjoy?