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THE LIST OF GUIDELINES

Preschool Fun Learning products align with states' Pre-k early learning standards.

Early Childhood Domains of Development Sparkle and Shine Supporting Materials and Themes Pre-Kindergarten Standards Head Start Outcomes
“Domain Elements"
Language and Literacy

I’m Ready, Here I Come! Parent Teacher Guide, Music CDs, Share Time with Me Book and video materials are all directed at supporting school readiness through promoting early literacy.

Rhyming stories, dance along songs and interactive activities are specially created to support, receptive and expressive language, increase vocabulary development and comprehension.

  • Uses pretend play to express thoughts and feelings
  • Pays attention to and understands language used for stories, poems, rhymes, songs, directions, and questions
  • Discriminates sounds in words
  • Uses language to engage in play situations
  • Describes experiences and creates and retells stories
  • Represents thoughts and ideas through play, using drawings, pictures, scribbles, letter-like forms, dictation and writing
  • Demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand stories, songs, and poems
  • Associates sounds with written words
  • Recognizes a word as a unit of print
  • Understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary
  • Knows that letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics that can be individually named

Social and Emotional Development

Story: I am Me!

I love all of me. I accept myself.

  • Shows awareness of personal uniqueness
  • Recognizes, respects and accepts similarities and differences among people
  • Begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences

Social and Emotional Development

Story: Sparkle and Shine

I encourage myself.

I am confident.

  • Shows self confidence
  • Develops abilities and potentials
  • Demonstrates growing confidence and pride in a range of abilities and accomplishments

Social and Emotional Development

Story: Do the Turtle

I manage my feelings.

I have self-control.

  • Has acquired some skills for coping with adversity and change
  • Expresses and manages anger appropriately
  • Shows progress in expressing feelings without harming others

Social and Emotional Development

Story: Diddle, Daddle, Dawdle, Doodle

I pay attention.

I follow directions.

  • Follows social rules, transitions and routines that have been explained to them
  • Demonstrates increasing capacity to follow rules and routines

Social and Emotional Development

Story: The Right, Bright Thing

I do the things I know I should.

I stick to it.

  • Demonstrates persistence with challenging activities
  • Develops growing understanding of how their actions affect others

Social and Emotional Development

Story: A Pond Full of Feelings

I have all kinds of feelings.

All of my feelings matter.

  • Regulates, recognizes, expresses emotions
  • Responds to others’ feelings, including showing empathy
  • Shows progress in expressing feelings, needs and opinions

Social and Emotional Development

Story: Friendship Place

I am kind.

I think of others and share.

  • Enjoys playing with others
  • Resolves conflict positively
  • Recognizes the classroom as a caring community
  • Shows increasing abilities to compromise and engage in discussion while working, playing, and resolving conflicts with peers

Social and Emotional Development

Story: In and Out, Up and Down

I include others in my play.

  • Plays and interacts cooperatively with other children
  • Shows increasing abilities to give and take with peers
  • Shows increasing ability to take turns in games

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Love Me Hug Me
  • Seeks out others when needing emotional support
  • Begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific preferences.
  • Shows progress in expressing feelings, needs

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Respect Yourself
  • Recognizes, respects and accepts similarities and differences among people
  • Progresses in understanding similarities and respecting differences

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Little Bit
  • Recognizes, respects and accepts similarities and differences among people
  • Develops ability to identify personal characteristics

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Share a Little Sunshine
  • Recognizes the classroom as a caring community
  • Expresses empathy and caring for others

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Be, Be, Be
  • Shows self confidence, develops abilities and potentials
  • Develops growing capacity for independence in a range of activities, routines and tasks

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Problem Solving Boogie
  • Has acquired skills for coping with adversity and change
  • Shows progress in expressing feelings without harming self or others.

Social and Emotional Development

Song: A Smile is a Gift
  • Is beginning to regulate, recognize and express emotions
  • Progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are upset

Social and Emotional Development

Songs: Tapping Out Time

Responsibility

  • Follows social rules, transitions and routines that have been explained to them
  • Demonstrates increasing capacity to follow rules and routines
  • Develops growing awareness of jobs and what is required to perform them

Social and Emotional Development

Song: Jump for Joy
  • Regulates, recognizes, expresses emotions

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: I am Me!

I love all of me. I accept myself.

  • Demonstrates awareness of and respect for one’s own body
  • Develops ability to identify personal characteristics

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: Sparkle and Shine

I encourage myself.

I am confident.

  • Is developing abilities to ponder, process and apply experiences to learning
  • Grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: Colors of the Rainbow

I notice colors everywhere.

I name my colors.

  • Uses available senses to explore the environment
  • Takes delight in beauty
  • Develops increasing abilities to classify
  • Expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: Doodle’s Doodles

I write some letters.

I know some letter sounds.

  • Uses a variety of writing tools and materials
  • Represents thoughts and ideas through play, using drawings, scribbles and letter-like forms
  • Shows increasing awareness of print in classroom, home and community settings

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: Counting Games, Number Games

I count many things.

  • Experiments with and uses numbers in counting and play
  • Demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Story: In and Out, Up and Down

I understand direction words.

  • Understands and uses words that identify different positions in space
  • Builds an increasing understanding of directionality, order, positions of objects and words such as up, down, over, under, top, bottom, inside, in front and behind

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Song: I’m Ready to Go to School
  • Developing abilities to ponder, process and apply experiences to learning
  • Grows in abilities to persist in and complete a variety of tasks, activities, projects, and experiences

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Song: Every Day is a New Day
  • Is developing ability to take risks and solve problems
  • Is developing ability to be flexible
  • Grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Song: Do Your Best
  • Demonstrates resilience in the face of challenges
  • Demonstrates increasing abilities to set goals and develop and follow through on plans

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Song: Curiosity
  • Demonstrates curiosity, information-seeking and eagerness
  • Approaches tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination and inventiveness

Cognitive Skills

Approaches to Learning

Song: Now’s the Time
  • Demonstrates a willingness to choose a variety of familiar and new experiences
  • Shows growing capacity to maintain concentration over time on completing a task, on following directions and on social interactions, despite distractions

Physical Development:

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

I’m Ready, Here I Come! Sparkle and Shine Parent/Teacher Guide has

“Bright Ideas” in every unit to support gross and fine motor skills development through movement and manipulative activities.

  • Develops the strength, control and dexterity needed to use a variety of hand held objects such as crayons, markers and safety scissors
  • Engages in activities that enhance hand-eye coordination such as the use of manipulatives and eating utensils and stringing beads
  • Increases and coordinates large muscle skills
  • Shows increasing levels of proficiency, control and balance in walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching, and galloping
  • Grows in hand-eye coordination
  • Is developing strength, dexterity and control needed to use tools such as scissors, pencils, markers

Physical Development:

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Story: In and Out, Up and Down

I can move my feet and body in all different ways.

  • Developing an awareness of body and spatial awareness
  • Shows increasing levels of proficiency in jumping, hopping, skipping

Physical Development:

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Song: Jump for Joy
  • Coordinates movements in upper and/or lower body, ranging from skipping to jumping
  • Shows increasing levels of proficiency in jumping

Self Help Skills

Story: Billy Bob’s Bath

I help myself. I bathe myself.

  • Developing awareness of hygiene
  • Follows simple hygiene practices
  • Shows growing independence in hygiene, personal care, washing hands, brushing teeth

Self Help Skills

Story: Zip, Snap, Button

I dress myself.

  • Developing simple self-help skills
  • Shows growing independence in personal care and dressing

Self Help Skills

Story: Manners Matter

I use good manners.

I use polite words

  • Balances own needs with those of others
  • Shows growing independence when eating
  • Shows growing awareness and ability to follow basic rules

Self Help Skills

Story: I Belong

I belong. I am loved.

  • Recognizes one is a member of a variety of different groups
  • Approaches others easily with expectations of positive interactions
  • Shows progress in developing friendships with peers
  • Responds sympathetically to others (Also a Social and Emotional skill)

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