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Learning Goals


A. Approaches to Learning

1.Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.

2.Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions.

3.Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.

4. Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play.

5. Use of resources: Children gather information and formulate ideas about their world.

6. Reflection: Children reflect on their experiences.

HighScope Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) are learning goals for young learners.
The Learning Goals

are aligned with
Head Start ELOF & NYS
Early Learning Standards

B. Social and Emotional Development

7. Self-identity: Children have a positive self-identity.

8. Sense of competence: Children feel they are competent.

9. Emotions: Children recognize, label, and regulate their feelings.

10. Empathy: Children demonstrate empathy toward others.

11. Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom.

12. Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults.

13. Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play.

14. Moral development: Children develop an internal sense of right and wrong.

15. Conflict resolution: Children resolve social conflicts.

F. Creative Arts

40. Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through 2 and 3d art.

41. Music: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through music.

42. Movement: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through movement.

43. Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through pretend play.

44. Appreciating the arts: Children appreciate the creative arts

C. Physical Development and Health

16. Gross-motor skills: Children demonstrate strength, flexibility, balance, and timing in using their large muscles.

17. Fine-motor skills: Children demonstrate dexterity and hand-eye coordination in using their small muscles.

18. Body awareness: Children know about their bodies and how to navigate them in space.

19. Personal care: Children carry out personal care routines on their own.

20.Healthy behavior: Children engage in healthy practices.

D. Language, Literacy, and Communication

21. Comprehension: Children understand language.

22.Speaking: Children express themselves using language.

23.Vocabulary: Children understand and use a variety of words and phrases.

24. Phonological awareness: Children identify distinct sounds in spoken language.

25.Alphabetic knowledge: Children identify letter names and their sounds.

26. Reading: Children read for pleasure and information.

27. Concepts about print: Children demonstrate knowledge about environmental print.

28. Book knowledge: Children demonstrate knowledge about books.

29. Writing: Children write for many different purposes.

30. English language learning: Children use English and their home language(s) (including sign language).

G. Science and Technology

45.Observing: Children observe the materials and processes in their environment.

46. Classifying: Children classify materials, actions, people, and events.

47. Experimenting: Children experiment to test their ideas.       

48. Predicting: Children predict what they expect will happen.

49.Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.

50. Communicating ideas: Children communicate their ideas about the characteristics of things and how they work.

51. Natural and physical world: Children gather knowledge about the natural and physical world.

52. Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology

E. Mathematics

31. Number words and symbols: Children recognize and use number words and symbols.

32. Counting: Children count things.

33. Part-whole relationships: Children combine and separate quantities of objects.

34. Shapes: Children identify, name, and describe shapes.

35. Spatial awareness: Children recognize spatial relationships among people and objects.

36. Measuring: Children measure to describe, compare, and order things.

37. Unit: Children understand and use the concept of unit.

38. Patterns: Children identify, describe, copy, complete, and create patterns.

39. Data analysis: Children use information about quantity to draw conclusions, make decisions, and solve problems.

H. Social Studies

53.Diversity: Children understand that people have diverse characteristics, interests, and abilities.

54. Community roles: Children recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.

55.Decision making: Children participate in making classroom decisions.

56. Geography: Children recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment.

57. History: Children understand past, present, and future.

58. Ecology: Children understand the importance of taking care of their environment.

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