Author:
Gretchen Stahr Breunig
Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Material Type:
Assessment, Teaching/Learning Strategy
Level:
Lower Primary
Tags:
  • Family Activity
  • Kindergarten Activities
  • Kindergarten Entry Asessment
  • Observational Assessment
  • Remote Collaboration
  • WaKIDS
  • Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • choice boards
  • choice-boards
  • wa-early-learning
  • wa-families
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

    WaKIDS Family Tools and Choice Boards

    WaKIDS Family Tools and Choice Boards

    Overview

    Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction created WaKIDS resources to support kindergarten families and teachers with remote learning including the Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet, Choice Boards, and Discussion Prompts, Look Fors, and Observational Activities.  Kindergarten children are not yet able to manage their learning independently, so it will be important to establish goals together with the key adults who will help them engage in remote learning. The Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet is intended be co-created with the child, their parent/guardian and teacher during meeting times.  The other resources assist families and teachers to identify learning activities that offer opportunities for observation and assessment of skills, knowledge, and behavior.

    Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet

    Kindergarten children are not yet able to manage their learning independently, so it will be important to establish goals together with the key adults who will help them engage in remote learning. The Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet is intended be co-created with the child, their parent/guardian and teacher during meeting times. It has room to include goals identified by the child and their parent/guardian learning objectives designed to help inform WaKIDS. Filling it out together, the family can work with the teacher to determine when in their daily routine children will have the opportunity to work on their goals, as well as documentation that can be collected to help inform the WaKIDS assessment. At one of the next regular check-ins, review the goals with both the child and the parent/guardian. The number of goals included and the amount of time before reflecting on the goals should also be jointly decided.  Be sure to include goals that include play and get students active! 

     

    Stay tuned:  This resource will be available in 9 languages: Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

     

    OSPI Choice Boards

    Choice boards include a variety of activities associated with objectives assessed as part of the whole-child assessment component of WaKIDS. Laid out in a table, they are filled with fun activities that kindergartners can choose from to build skills and manage their own learning.  Choice Boards can be used with the Goal Planning and Reflection Sheet and Discussion Prompts, Look-fors and Observational Activities to engage parents/guardians in learning activities that may inform the WaKIDS assessment.

     

    Stay tuned:  This resource will be available in 9 languages: Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

     

    Bellingham Public Schools Remote Learning Early Childhood Framework

    Bellingham Public Schools has developed a Remote Learning Early Childhood Framework that includes kindergarten schedules for remote learning that other districts may find helpful in designing/adapting their own plans. For more details, please review the WaKIDS Implementation Guidance for Teachers 2020-21.  


     

    Sample WaKIDS Pacing Guides

    OSPI provides three sample pacing guides to support kindergarten teachers in the WaKIDS assessment with remote learning. 

    DREME At-Home Early Math Learning Kit

    We are the DREME (Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education) Family Math team, and we want to help families and the professionals who support them during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We know that for families, this time is filled with many stressors and we want math learning time to be enjoyable. Our goal is to give families ideas that are fun, easy to implement, require no special materials, and can be folded into daily life rather than feel like an extra task.

     

    We’re offering a set of free early math resources for children from birth to age 8 years. Available in both English and Spanish!

     

    Included in the PDF kit are:

    • Tips for Reading: If you’re reading books with your children, here are some tips for bringing math into storybook time.
    • Recipes: If you’re in the kitchen preparing food, these two easy recipes for cookies and personal pizzas allow families to start math conversations while cooking.
    • Math Snacks: If you have just a few minutes as you go about your day, check out these brief ideas for uncovering and talking about math in everyday moments, like cleaning up toys or getting ready for bed.
    • Card Games: If you have a deck of playing cards and 10-15 minutes, take a look at these directions for four card games that are fun and allow children to practice skills like adding and comparing numbers.

    Tell Us: How Are You Using and Sharing the Kit?

     

    Feel free to download these resources and share them widely. We know that families are amazing innovators and we would love to hear how they are using and adapting these resources. Please send your stories and questions to contactdreme@stanford.edu.

     

    Stay tuned for more learn-at-home resources in the coming months. For more activities and ideas, visit the DREME Family Math website at familymath.stanford.edu. We will be adding new early math content for families soon, so keep checking back!