Being the rock-star parent that you are, you begin to wonder...what should my preschooler know? Are they supposed to be able to read some words? Do they need to go into kindergarten writing?
Before we dive into it, you will notice that every reputable early childhood education organization develops its standards with certain guiding principles. While the principles may vary slightly in wording, there are common themes. It's important as a parent to understand the philosophy and research behind early learning standards.
Here are a few common guiding principles:
- Each child is unique and can succeed.
- Learning and development follow sequences but proceed at varying rates.
- Learning occurs within the context of secure relationships.
- Families are children's first and most important educators.
- Children learn best when they have secure, nurturing relationships with adults.
- Development is integrated, and children learn many skills at the same time.
- Learning must be intentional and focused on how children learn best.
- Each child has diverse strengths rooted in their family's unique culture.
- Play is an important method for children to learn.
- Children's experiences shape their motivation and approaches to learning.
Families are children's first and most important educators.
Parents, did you really see that part about how every child is unique? Did you really hear that part about how learning can proceed at varying rates?
Before you read about the essential language and literacy skills, we want to make sure you are crystal clear on that piece! Don't expect your child to have mastered every single standard by age 5. But do use these standards to help and guide you on where to work with him/her.
Here at My Pre-K Box, it's our job to simplify that part for you. We do the research, develop fun, engaging activities, gather the materials you need, and make sure they align with early childhood guiding principles and essential standards! Best of all, it's all prepped for you and mailed to your front door each month!
Let us simplify your life and bring back the FUN into learning! Check out some of our latest My Pre-K Boxes.
Each state's early childhood standards
Here we have compiled an extensive list of each of the 50 US States' early childhood standards. To view your state's guidelines for preschool skills, click on the link below. Or...scroll down for a simplified version of what language and literacy skills your child should be learning before kindergarten.
Click on your state for information about your state's early learning standards*
*Although we do our best, My Pre-K Box cannot guarantee the linked pages are your state's most current, accurate, or up-to-date information. Feel free to email email@example.com if you notice any errors or omissions.
Language and Literacy Skills your child should know by age 5
It will come as no surprise that there are certain early expressive and receptive language and literacy skills your child should be developing by age 5.
Language and Communication
How can My Pre-K Box help your preschooler develop these language and literacy skills?
After learning language and literacy skills that preschoolers should develop, you are probably already overwhelmed and do not know where to start looking for activities to help them improve these skills. If you will be researching, shopping for supplies, and preparing the activities yourself, wouldn't that consume a lot of your time and energy? Yes, it surely will!
But worry no more, My Pre-K Box is here to help! We specialize in researching and preparing these learning activities that target language and literacy skills, as well as math and sensory play. And best of all, we make learning more FUN!
Each box that we deliver every month to busy families is filled with play-based games and learning activities. Every month, a new fresh theme will delight your little one as they learn essential Kindergarten readiness skills! Check out some of our activities that could assist in developing language and literacy skills.
Preschool Fun Packs
All of our Preschool Fun Packs have language and literacy skills activities, as well as math. These themed worksheets are loved by many kids and you can get them for free to use at home! Here are some language and literacy-building worksheets from our Preschool Fun Packs that your kids may enjoy while learning!
Practice categorizing objects in the Campsite Sorting worksheet, then learn beginning sounds in the Tent Sound Matching. These cute worksheets are from the Camping Preschool Fun Pack. Learn more about other worksheets included in this pack here, or grab a copy now!
Learn rhymes in the Rhyming Rocket Ships, then try categorizing objects that can be seen and can't be seen in space in the Astronaut Sorting worksheet. Get them in Space Preschool Fun Pack. Read more about it here and don't forget your free download!
Visit My Pre-K Box Blog regularly for more FREE Preschool Fun Packs!
Print & Go Craftivities
If your child is a craft lover, you may also grab some of our Print & Go Craftivities to help develop important skills while enjoying crafts! We have craftivities that will help them learn to write their name while crafting - check out the Fire Truck Name Craft and Leprechaun Name Craftivity!
My Pre-K Boxes
We incorporate language and literacy skill-building games and play-based activities into My Pre-K Boxes to make preschool learning fun and engaging at home while still focusing on key Kindergarten skills. And since it is all hands-on and play-based, your little one will be developing his/her language and communications naturally, because they will be talking, asking, playing, and having fun! Here are a few examples of our fun games inside My Pre-K Boxes:
The All Aboard Beginning Sounds game
is a great literacy activity in
Introduce sounds of the letters and rhymes
to your child with the Red Panda Rhymes
game from The Zoo Box
Master the alphabet and sounds of the
letters through the Treasure Island game
from The Pirate Box
My Pre-K Box also values activities that develop reading habits to improve literacy. So we come up with book recommendations to complement My Pre-K Boxes too! Help them develop a love for books, reading, and stories while they are young! Below are some of our book recommendation blog posts. Just click on the pictures to direct you to the article.
The Best Transportation Books for Kids best complements
the fun activities in The Transportation Box
The Top 10 Books about Swimming is perfect after the
exciting activities in The Pool Party Box
These Bug Books for Little Learners match the fun activities
in The Bugs and Butterflies Box
The Best Books about Ramadan for Little Kids are great reads for the holiday to help kids understand what Ramadan is all about.
My Pre-K Box takes all the searching, prepping, and stress out of planning preschool activities for your 3-5-year-olds. Each month, we focus on a different set of Kindergarten readiness skills and provide all the materials and instructions you need right in the box. You'll never have to worry about what activity to do next or spend hours looking for ideas online again.
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