Learning Standards

Lightning Bug Literacy uses the Colorado Building Blocks to the Colorado K-12 Content Standards as a foundation for the learning activities included in each learning module.

“A wealth of research confirms the fact that children learn through play. Through their play, children have the opportunity to understand their world, interact with peers and adults, express and manage emotions, develop their symbolic capabilities and enhance the learning of skills, knowledge and dispositions that guarantee success in later schooling. The Building Blocks reflect Colorado’s strong belief in the important role of play in children’s learning, as well as the importance of the adult’s role in facilitating children’s learning through play.”

Colorado Building Blocks, CDE, 2007

Colorado Building Blocks

Approaches to Learning

Children demonstrate positive attitudes, habits and learning styles

  • Children engage in play as a means to develop their individual approach to learning.
  • Children demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to participate in tasks and challenges.
  • Children demonstrate an increased ability to show initiative, accept help, take risks and work towards completing tasks.
  • Children demonstrate an increased ability to establish goals, develop and follow through with plans.
  • Children demonstrate an increased ability to identify possible solutions to problems.
  • Children use their prior experiences, sense and knowledge to learn in new ways.

Social and Emotional Development

Children demonstrate a strong and positive self-concept, appropriate self-control and growth in their awareness of their responsibilities when interacting with others.

  • Children use play as a vehicle to build relationships and to develop an appreciation for their own abilities and accomplishments.
  • Children demonstrate and express an awareness of self.
  • Children increase their capacity for self-control.
  • Children develop successful relationships with other members of their learning community.
  • Children increasingly demonstrate a sense of belonging to the program, family and community.

Language Development and Communication

Children develop skills in listening and expressing their thoughts and ideas.

  • Children engage in play as a means to develop their listening and expressive language skills.
  • Children develop skills in listening and in understanding language.
  • Children will use verbal and non-verbal language to express and communicate information.

Literacy

Children develop skills in writing and reading while exploring print in books and in the environment.

  • Children engage in play as a means to develop early reading and writing skills.
  • Children demonstrate an interest and ability to use symbols to represent words and ideas.
  • Children demonstrate an interest and ability to use symbols to represent words and ideas.
    • Learning letters and the combination of letter sounds with letter symbols.
    • Understanding and appreciating that books and other forms of print have a purpose.
    • Understanding that spoken and written words have meaning.
    • Recognizing the association between spoken and written words by following print as it is read aloud.
    • Recognize that symbols are associated with letters of the alphabet and that they form words.

Mathematics

Children develop ways to solve problems and to think about math.

  • Children engage in play to develop their mathematical thinking and problem solving.
  • Children show interest and curiosity in counting and grouping objects and numbers.
  • Children show an interest in recognizing and creating shapes and an awareness of position in space.
  • Children show an interest in recognizing and creating patterns, comparing and measuring time and quantity.

Science

Children will understand and use the scientific method of asking questions, observing and recording their findings and discussing their conclusions.

  • Children engage in play as a means to develop their scientific skills.
  • Children learn about the development of the natural and physical world.
  • Children begin to use scientific tools and methods to learn about their world.

Creativity

Children enjoy, express themselves, create and learn about the arts through experiences with a variety of art forms and media.

  • Children engage in play as a means of self- expression and creativity.
  • Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.
  • Children use a variety of tools and art media to creatively express their ideas.
  • Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

Physical Health and Development

Young children’s future health and well-being are directly related to strengthening their large and small muscles, using their sensory experiences and practicing healthy behavior.

  • Children engage in play as a means to understand healthy behavior and develop their physical bodies.
  • Children increasingly move their bodies in ways that demonstrate control, balance and coordination.
  • Children use their fingers and hands in ways that develop hand-eye coordination, strength, control and object manipulation.
  • Children begin to understand how daily activity and healthy behavior promote overall personal health and safety.
  • Children increase their understanding of the use of their eyes, ears, fingers, nose and mouth and how the senses work together.

Colorado Building Blocks

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