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Literacy & Math Rich Schedule
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The best way to support a child's development is to create a consistent daily schedule. Consistency supports self-regulation, reduces stress, and positions the brain for newer, deeper learning.
Tip: Whenever we notice that children are expressing unmet needs (which sometimes gets is labeled as "behaviors"), we ask ourselves these questions:
Do they feel loved?
Are they tired or hungry?
Is their day filled with consistent routines (so they feel safe)?
The SEEDS Literacy and Math-rich Schedule (LMRS) is an adaptable tool that embeds all of the routines needed for academic, social, and emotional development.
Each section below features domain-related activities and resources that you can use to create your own Literacy and Math-rich Schedule.
Fitness & Motor Skills
Motor skills: the movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific act.
Gross motor skills are physical movements that involve larger muscles and muscle groups, like the ones needed to move arms, legs, and the torso. These skills are needed to walk, run, and balance.
Tip: Does your child often fall out of their chair or get tired from sitting up? Do their arms get tired after writing and manipulating objects for a few minutes? This could mean they would benefit from more gross motor practice!
Fine motor skills are physical movements that involve smaller muscles and muscle groups, like the ones needed to move fingers, hands, and wrists.
Tip: Does your child get tired or frustrated after writing, drawing, or manipulating small items? Frustration or avoidance of activities like these is often a sign of fine motor fatigue, which means they’d benefit from more practice (a few minutes at a time)!
Big 5 Literacy Skills
SEEDS created the Big 5 Early Literacy Predictors based on the recommendations from the National Early Literacy Panel in 2008.
The Big 5 Literacy Predictors include:
Alphabet Knowledge - I recognize the names and sounds of letters
Vocabulary & Meaning - I know words and can use them when talking, reading, and writing
Book & Print Concepts - I know how written text works, as well as how to use books to read a story.
Phonological Awareness - I can put sounds together to make words, as well as pull words apart into sounds, and replace sounds in words.
Language - I understand the language I hear and can put words together in phrases and sentences when talking, reading, and writing.
These predictors are the result of an examination of a large number of studies that included a significant number of children.
The relationship between these predictors and later conventional literacy outcomes is not only sizable but is highly reliable and stable. Essentially, these are the skills children need to have fluency with - accuracy and automaticity - in order to experience later reading success.
Big 5 Math Skills
SEEDS created the Big 5 Math Ideas in alignment with the Common Core State Standards.
The Big 5 Math Ideas include:
Comparison & Classification - I can tell the difference between objects or sets and group them based on similar characteristics.
Geometry & Spatial Sense - I can describe objects by their characteristics and their relative location to other things.
Measurement - I can describe the size of objects or sets.
Numbers & Operations - I can represent sets with numbers, as well as put sets together or take them apart.
Patterns - I can describe, create, and continue patterns of objects and sets.
Love & Belonging
SEEDS represents the interactions that strengthen relationships and learning. SEEDS Quality Interactions help children and adults to be capable and confident.
SEEDS Quality Interactions are balanced. That means they contain each of the following adult behaviors:
Sensitivity - I am aware of my child's needs, wants, and interests. I become aware by watching, waiting, and listening. I also ask questions and engage in Strive for 5 conversations - conversations with 5 "serve and return" interactions.
Encourage - I encourage my child's growth and effort, maintaining a 5:1 ratio of affirmations to prohibitions.
Educate - I provide education to ensure my child is fluent in their skills - accurate and automatic.
Develop Through Doing - I ensure my child is developing through practice. I only support them when they need it.
Self-Image - By balancing the above behaviors, my child and I are more confident and capable.
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