As noted in the Letter from the Author in the I See I Learn at School Overview and Implementation Guide, careful attention has been paid to the goals of a number of national and state standards and frameworks in the development of this program.
The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework:
Promoting Positive Outcomes in Early Childhood Programs Serving
Children 3–5 Years Old
The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework provides Head Start and other early childhood programs with a description of the developmental building blocks that are most important for a child's school and long-term success. Head Start children, 3 to 5 years old, are expected to progress in all the areas of child development and early learning outlined by the Framework. Head Start programs also are expected to develop and implement a program that ensures such progress is made.
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
"The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects ("the Standards") are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school."
District of Columbia Early Learning Standards for Children Entering Kindergarten Alignment with HighReach Learning Inc.
Curricula for Ages 3–5
"All HighReach Learning curriculum programs are integrated and thematic. Within each topic are four subtopics comprised of over 120 center-based experiences and events, which can be selected by the teacher based on children's needs, development levels, and interests. The curricula are standards based, and all experiences link to objectives. There is a proven connection to educational theorists and a balanced approach of child-initiated and adult-guided experiences. The curricula's pedagogy is 'intentionality,' which is supported by research."
The New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core
"Carefully developed early learning expectations linked to K-12 standards contribute to a more cohesive, unified approach to young children's education. Adopted and approved by the Board of Regents in January 2011, the original version of the New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards1 provided a framework that focuses on the learning and development of the whole child and was inclusive of the broad academic concepts of the newly adopted New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as for Mathematics. The New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards also aligned with the existing New York State K-12 learning standards in science, social studies, and the arts."
Research Into Practice: Social, Emotional, Health and Safety, and Cognitive Skills
Stories with visual displays are effective tools for teaching critical life skills in early childhood classrooms. Our young children need strong social/emotional skills in order to interact in positive ways with others, develop productive dispositions toward learning, and persevere in the work associated with school and in life. Skills in areas such as cooperation, self regulation, and confidence building at early ages are among the key predictors of later success in school.