The baby care center, a themed area of dramatic play in my TK classroom, provides an opportunity for directed and free-choice play to develop. It has been a week or so for me to test out some of these activities and record some notes as to how they are developing some key skills. I spell out the references to the following standards below: English Language Development (ELD), English-Language Arts (ELA), History Social Science (HSS), and Socio Emotional Development.
We address ELD standards: “Teachers ensure that children converse with diverse partners, and they teach children how to take turns, listen to others’ comments, build on one another’s ideas, and ask for and provide clarification as needed.” CA ELA/ELD Framework p. 143 and “The main instructional emphasis in designated ELD in transitional kindergarten through grade one is oral language development, including collaborative conversations and vocabulary.” (same, p. 163)
And for other guidelines I turn page 170: “Environments that support literacy learning by being
• physically and psychologically safe environments
• environments that encourage and foster imaginative play
• language-rich environments
• print-rich (or tactilely rich) environments
• writing- rich environments
In terms of Socio Emotional Development we seek to:
“More actively and intentionally cooperate with each other.
Create more complex sequences of pretend play with planning, coordination of roles, cooperation.
California Preschool Learning Framework, Social Interaction 2.1 and 2.2”
And in History Social-Science we:
Focus on responsible conduct, fairness and respect for others
Being a good citizen means acting in certain ways.
California Content Standards, Kindergarten
Social Roles (From Ca. Preschool Learning Framework, SR 3.1)
Play familiar adult social roles
Students match simple descriptions with historical accounts.
Note the following references to English Language Arts in the California Common Core:
RL K5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems, fantasy, realistic text)
RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).