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Early Learning Curriculum Lifelong Learning Practices Standards for 3-Year-Olds
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Core Standards of the Course

LIFELONG LEARNING PRACTICES—APPROACHES TO LEARNING
In the Approaches to Learning Standards, children develop self-regulation and executive functioning, learning engagement (initiative and persistence), and creativity and curiosity.

Strand 1: SELF-REGULATION AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING
Self-Regulation, which is the ability to regulate one’s own behavior while engaging with others and in the learning environment, is a key developmental task of the preschool years. Executive Functioning includes the essential learning skills of attention focusing, working memory, information processing, and reflection.

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Standard LLP 3 yr.1.1
With prompting and support, begin to develop the ability to self-regulate external behaviors (for example, during music and movement, students will learn how to start and stop their own body, notice when they are tired, or need to be active).

Standard LLP 3 yr.1.2
With prompting and support, begin to develop the ability to focus attention on key components of an object or task (Attention focusing, for example, follow the sequence of a story or conversation).

Standard LLP 3 yr.1.3
With prompting and support, begin to develop strategies for connecting and remembering information (Working memory and information processing, for example, review the pictures on the daily schedule to see what activity comes before recess).

Standard LLP 3 yr.1.4
With prompting and support, begin to develop the ability to recognize and show awareness of thinking processes (Reflection, for example, the child explains that she took a deep breath to help herself calm down).


Strand 2: LEARNING ENGAGEMENT (INITIATIVE AND PERSISTENCE)
Learning Engagement is the way children continue to develop the ability to actively explore and participate in the learning environment. This engagement involves supporting the child as the child develops self-directed, goal-oriented exploration and discovery.

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Sub-strand: INITIATIVE
Initiative involves children continuously developing the skills for engaging in learning, planning, and implementing strategies for accomplishing their goals.

Standard LLP 3 yr.2.1
With prompting and support, begin to express a simple plan and identify steps to accomplish a task or sustain play (for example, children draw or describe what they want to do during play).

Standard LLP 3 yr.2.2
With prompting and support, develop an increasing ability to explore the immediate environment through observation, manipulation, or asking simple questions (for example, notice, explore, and talk about how plants on the playground change with the seasons).

Standard LLP 3 yr.2.3
With prompting and support, develop an increasing ability to connect new information or experiences to previous knowledge (for example, make connections about similarities across home and classroom experiences).

Sub-strand: PERSISTENCE
Persistence describes the child’s ability to focus on engagement with learning materials and activities for increasing periods of time. Teachers support children as they learn that making mistakes and trying different strategies are part of the learning process. Teachers support persistence as they assist children to recognize their ability to complete challenging or difficult tasks.

Standard LLP 3 yr.2.4
With prompting and support, develop an increasing ability and willingness to engage in a self-selected task through challenges or difficulties (for example, the child continues to work on an age-appropriate puzzle, even when experiencing difficulty manipulating the pieces).

Standard LLP 3 yr.2.5
With prompting and support, develop the ability to sustain engagement in active learning small- and large-group activities working alone or cooperatively.


Strand 3: CREATIVITY AND CURIOSITY
The creativity and curiosity strand focuses on supporting children’s natural curiosity and creativity as they explore and learn about the world around them. Adults encourage children to develop flexibility and originality as they use materials and activities to investigate their immediate environments.

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Standard LLP 3 yr.3.1
With prompting and support, discover answers and solutions to questions to expand their knowledge and skills.

Standard LLP 3 yr.3.2
With prompting and support begin to engage in problem solving strategies (for example, identify cause and effect and first steps needed to solve a problem).

Standard LLP 3 yr.3.3
With prompting and support, explore a variety of ways to use materials during play and exploration (for example, a block can be used as a phone in dramatic play).

Standard LLP 3 yr.3.4
With prompting and support, show flexibility in approaching open-ended tasks (for example, be willing to experiment and risk trying out a new idea or approach).


LIFELONG LEARNING PRACTICES—SOCIAL INTERACTION AND DEVELOPMENT
Social development includes self-awareness, regulation and recognition of emotions, emotional responsiveness, and the ability to interact with others effectively in social settings.

Strand 4: SELF-AWARENESS
Children identify their personal characteristics and nurture self-confidence as they approach tasks.

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Standard LLP 3 yr.4.1
Demonstrate awareness of identity including personal information, characteristics, preferences, and abilities (for example, name, age, parent/caregiver, family members, gender, physical attributes, likes/dislikes).

Standard LLP 3 yr.4.2
Participate in self-selected or organized activities by exploring learning materials including indoor and outdoor equipment (for example, independent choice of activities).

Standard LLP 3 yr.4.3
Begin to demonstrate awareness of personal boundaries (for example, move when asked to give another child personal space).

Standard LLP 3 yr.4.4
Communicate wants and needs with actions or words.

Standard LLP 3 yr.4.5
Begin to contribute and take pride in the classroom community (for example, participate in classroom jobs).


Strand 5: EMOTIONS
Children identify and regulate their emotions, manage stress, and show self-discipline as well as recognize the emotional experiences of others. Emotions are included in the Health Education Standards and are imperative to Lifelong Learning Practices. The Emotional Health Standards found in Health Education Strand 3 are incorporated below.

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Standard LLP 3 yr.5.1
In familiar settings, separate and reunite with parent or caregiver with minimal distress (for example, a child separates from a caregiver without crying).

Standard LLP 3 yr.5.2
Recognize that different feelings are experienced throughout the day.

Standard HE 3 yr.3.1
With prompting and support, express, identify, and label emotions (for example, happy, sad, angry, afraid) and feelings (for example, thirsty, hungry, hot, cold, tired).

Standard HE 3 yr.3.2
With prompting and support, begin to demonstrate methods to calm down (for example, deep breathing, count to ten, mindfulness).

Standard HE 3 yr.3.3
With prompting and support, begin to develop self-control by regulating one’s own impulses and feelings, following simple directions, waiting for turns, transitioning between activities, and complying with limitations.


Strand 6: RELATIONSHIPS
Children develop relationships through communication and social engagement. Children begin to learn to cooperate and resolve conflict with peers and adults.

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Sub-strand: COMMUNICATION
Communication begins with awareness of others, learning social cues, and building relationships. Healthy relationships are included in the Health Education Standards and are imperative to Lifelong Learning Practices. The Relationship Standards found in Health Education Strand 2 are incorporated below.

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.1
With prompting and support, begin to respond appropriately to the tone of voice, facial expressions, and gestures of peers and adults.

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.2
With prompting and support, begin to participate in back and forth conversation with peers or adults.

Standard HE 3 yr.2.2
Identify and practice how to make friends and be a good friend by calling peers by name and engaging in parallel play.

Sub-strand: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
Children build appropriate social skills as they learn to negotiate friendships, join in play, and interact cooperatively. Healthy relationships are included in the Health Education Standards and are imperative to Lifelong Learning Practices. The Relationship Standards found in Health Education Strand 2 are incorporated below.

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.3
With prompting and support, show interest in peers with positive nonverbal gestures (for example, a child will smile at or move close to another child).

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.4
With prompting and support, show awareness of and respect others’ personal space.

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.5
With prompting and support, begin to play with others while maintaining self-control.

Standard HE 3 yr.2.3
With prompting and support, begin to join in, maintain interactions, and interact cooperatively with others by sharing, turn-taking, resolving conflicts, and recognizing others’ needs.

Standard HE 3 yr.2.4
With prompting and support, attend to and show appreciation for the actions or choices of others (for example, compliment others).

Sub-strand: CONFLICT RESOLUTION / PROBLEM SOLVING
Children will begin to recognize that problems exist and learn how to resolve simple conflicts utilizing communication and problem-solving skills.

Standard LLP 3 yr.6.6
Develop awareness of appropriate communication or actions when social problems arise to identify the problem and explore basic solutions (for example, how to gain someone’s attention appropriately, how to express frustration appropriately, how to seek help from an adult).



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