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Using the New Kansas Early Learning Standards to Make Every Moment Matter

 

by Carianne Short

 

As I look at the draft of the NEW Kansas Early Learning Standards I can’t help but notice that they are well aligned with the common core standards, provide achievable benchmarks for all students to work towards, and provide knowledge and skills that children need as they enter into Kindergarten. 

 

As early educators, we have this under control!  Yes, there are things that will need to change in our classrooms, like rote counting to 30 instead of 10 (a standard expected prior to entering kindergarten).  There are also some new terms to teach children, such as helping children to understand the musical concepts of forte, staccato and legato.  There are also many things that have stayed the same.  There are still 8 content areas, many containing the same standards.

 

If we are up for a challenge, and systemically and intentionally make every moment in our routine and daily schedule matter, these new standards can help early childhood learners successfully enter kindergarten and be fully prepared to tackle the common core standards.  It is an honor that early childhood educators are part of the preparing all students to be ready for life after school.

 

Eight Content Areas of the Kansas Early Learning Standards

Approaches to Learning

Physical Health and Development

Social-Emotional Development

Communication & Literacy

Mathematical Knowledge

Science

Social Studies

Creative Arts

 

The Age Groupings in the Kansas Early Learning Standards

Young Infant by 8 months

Mobile Infant by 18 months

Toddler by 36 months

Pre 3 by 48 months

Pre 4 by 60 months

Kindergarten by the end of K

 

 

 

The Kansas Early Learning Standards are more in Depth and in line with the Common Core Standards/Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.  Let’s take a look at Mathematics as an example:

 

 

Mathematics

Old Early Learning Standards

New Early Learning Standards

Common Core State Standards/Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

Demonstrates understanding of number concepts and numerical operations

Counting and Cardinality

Counting and Cardinality

      Demonstrates

       understanding of

       numbers

     Know number names and the

     count sequence

     Know number names and the count

       sequence

       Demonstrates an

       understanding of

       number

       computation

     Count to tell the number of

     objects

     Count to tell the number of objects

       Understands

       number concepts

     Compare numbers

     Compare numbers

       Develops knowledge

       of sequence and

       temporal awareness

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Demonstrates an understanding of patterns and relationships (algebra)

       Understand addition as putting

       together and adding to and

       understand subtraction as taking

       apart and taking from

       Understand addition as putting

       together and adding to and

       understand subtraction as taking

       apart and taking from

       Uses the attributes

       of objects for

       comparison and

       patterning

Measurement and Data

Measurement and Data

Demonstrates an understanding of geometric and spatial sense

       Describe and compare

       measureable attributes

      Describe and compare measureable

       attributes

       Recognizes and

       describes spatial

       relationships

       Classify objects and count the   

       number of objects in each

       category

       Classify objects and count the   

       number of objects in each category

       Recognizes

       geometric shapes

       and their attributes

Geometry

Geometry

 

       Identify and describe Shapes

       Identify and describe Shapes

 

       Analyze, compare, create and

       compose shapes

       Analyze, compare, create and

       compose shapes

 

 

Number and Operations

 

 

       Work with numbers 11-19 to gain

       foundations for place value

 

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