Katie Letts, Preschool Teacher

Miss Katie gets her Masters in ECE

Many years ago, when today's parents and teachers were in preschool, themselves, a preschool's curriculum centered solely around play.  Although play is still the center of a child's school experience prior to Kindergarten, play activities have become focused on learning (Pinnell and Fountas, 2011).  Cognitive development, social skills, math and literacy have all become integral themes within today's preschool classrooms.  New York has a plethora of Common Core standards for Literacy, all of which can be viewed here (NYSED, 2016).  

Literacy standards are something that can be worked on at home, in addition to school.  Some of these standards include:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
    • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
    • Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters
    • Recognize that letters are grouped to form words
  • Demonstrate an emergent understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes)
    • Engage in language play (alliterative language, rhyming, sound patterns
    • Recognize and match words that rhyme
    • Demonstrate awareness of relationship between sounds and letters
    • With support and prompting, isolate and pronounce the initial sounds in words
(NYSED, 2016)