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The Arts

33 - Explores the visual arts

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Visual Arts

Observe and Learn to Comprehend

1 - Artists and viewers identify art in daily life

a - Identify individual preferences in images when presented with visual examples such as picture books, cartoons, computer games, community, and home events

Visual Arts

Observe and Learn to Comprehend

1 - Artists and viewers identify art in daily life

c - Recognize basic characteristics and expressive features of art and design in relation to daily life

Visual Arts

Envision and Critique to Reflect

1 - Works of art can represent people, places, and things

a - Explain that works of art communicate ideas

Visual Arts

Envision and Critique to Reflect

1 - Works of art can represent people, places, and things

b - Tell a story about a work of art

Visual Arts

Relate and Connect to Transfer

1 - Artists have an important role in communities

b -  Identify some of the activities in which artists participate

Visual Arts

Relate and Connect to Transfer

1 - Artists have an important role in communities

c - Name some of the arts materials available to artists

Creative Representation

J - Drawing and painting pictures

3 - Child draws or paints something and explains what it stands for.

Creative Representation

J - Drawing and painting pictures

3 - Child draws or paints something and explains what it stands for.

Approaches to Learning

2 - Curiosity

Children demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to participate in tasks and challenges.

b - Show an interest in people, things, and the world around them.

Approaches to Learning

6 - Application

Children use their prior experiences, sense and knowledge to learn in new ways.

a - Communicate about events and experiences.

Social and Emotional Development

5 - Sense of Community

Children increasingly demonstrate a sense of belonging to the program, family and community.

b - Demonstrate a growing understanding and appreciation of the relationships, people and places that make up their communities.

Creative Arts Expression

Art: The use of a range of media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or other objects.

Discusses one’s own artistic creations and those of others.

Creative Arts Expression

Art: The use of a range of media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or other objects.

Discusses one’s own artistic creations and those of others.

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

Self, Family, & Community: The understanding of one’s relationship to the family and community, roles in the family and community, and respect for diversity.

Recognizes a variety of jobs and the work associated with them.

The Arts

34 - Explores musical concepts and expression

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Music

Expression of Music

1 - Peform Expressively

a - Use voices expressively when speaking, chanting, and singing

Music

Expression of Music

1 - Peform Expressively

b - Sing a variety of simple songs and singing games

Music

Expression of Music

1 - Peform Expressively

c - Demonstrate fundamental performance skills such as correct posture and behavior

Music

Expression of Music

2 - Respond to rhythmic patterns and elements of music

a - Move to music of various tempos, meters, dynamics, modes, genres, and styles

Music

Creation of Music

1 - Improvise movement and sound responses to music

a - Improvise sound effects to accompany play activities

Music

Creation of Music

1 - Improvise movement and sound responses to music

b - Use improvised movement to demonstrate musical awareness

Music

Theory of Music

1 - Describe and respond to musical elements

a - Use an individual vocabulary to describe music

Music

Theory of Music

1 - Describe and respond to musical elements

b - Use body movement to respond to dynamics and tempo

Music

Theory of Music

2 - Recognition of a wide variety of sounds and sound sources

a - Use personal vocabulary to describe sources of sound

Music

Theory of Music

2 - Recognition of a wide variety of sounds and sound sources

b - Use invented symbols to represent musical sounds and ideas

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

1 - Demonstrate respect for music contributions

a - Describe appropriate listening during a musical selection, live or recorded

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

2 - Express feeling responses to music

b -  Participate freely in music activities

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

2 - Express feeling responses to music

c - Talk about expressing feeling in music

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

3 - Recognition of music in daily life

a - Use examples such as music from cartoons, computer games, community, and home events

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

3 - Recognition of music in daily life

b - Use a personal vocabulary to describe music from diverse cultures

Creative Representation

K - Pretending

0 - Child imitates the sound or action of a person or animal.

Movement and Music

N - Feeling and expressing steady beat

0 - Child pats, taps, or pounds briefly or without steady movement.

Movement and Music

N - Feeling and expressing steady beat

0 - Child pats, taps, or pounds briefly or without steady movement.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

1 - Child moves to music.

Movement and Music

P - Singing

5 - Child sings a song with five or more pitches

Language Development and Communication

2 - Listening and Understanding

Children develop skills in listening and in understanding language.

a - Listen and understand stories, songs and poems.

Language Development and Communication

3 - Speaking and Communicating

Children will use verbal and non-verbal language to express and communicate information.

a - Communicate needs or thoughts through nonverbal gestures, actions, expressions and words. Participate in communication around a topic.

Literacy

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means to develop early reading and writing skills.

a - Use symbols and forms of early writing to create more complex play.

Literacy

2 - Early Writing

Children demonstrate an interest and ability to use symbols to represent words and ideas.

d - Use scribbles, shapes, letter-like symbols and letters to write or represent words or ideas.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

c - Use musical instruments and tools from various art forms as props in dramatic play.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

c - Participate in musical activities using a variety of materials for expression and representation.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

c - Participate in musical activities using a variety of materials for expression and representation.

Creativity

3 - Tools

Children use a variety of tools and art media to creatively express their ideas.

a - Experiment with different tools to creatively express and present ideas.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

a - Begin to understand and develop a vocabulary to share opinions about artistic creations and experiences

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

a - Begin to understand and develop a vocabulary to share opinions about artistic creations and experiences

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

a - Begin to understand and develop a vocabulary to share opinions about artistic creations and experiences

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

c - Appreciate and demonstrate respect for the work of others.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

d - Begin to notice differences in the arts from a variety of cultures.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Language Development

Expressive Language: The ability to use language.

Uses language to express ideas and needs.

Language Development

Expressive Language: The ability to use language.

Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Language Development

Expressive Language: The ability to use language.

Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Language Development

Expressive Language: The ability to use language.

Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Creative Arts Expression

Music: The use of voice and instruments to create sounds.

Participates in music activities, such as listening, singing, or performing.

Creative Arts Expression

Music: The use of voice and instruments to create sounds.

Participates in music activities, such as listening, singing, or performing.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

The Arts

35 - Explores dance and movement concepts

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Health and Physical Education

Movement Competence and Understanding in Physical Education

1 - Travel in a variety of directions using basic locomotor skills, and demonstrate understanding of personal and general space

e - Perform movements to the rhythm of music

Dance

Movement, Technique, and Peformace

1 - Demonstrate simple phrases of movement in time and space

a - Practice how to move with action movements to action words (movement vocabulary) using simple non-locomotor body actions such as bend, stretch, twist, turn, shake, and stretch, and simple locomotor body actions such as travel, jump, run, hop, and roll

Dance

Movement, Technique, and Peformace

1 - Demonstrate simple phrases of movement in time and space

b - Explore movement in personal and general space using shape, size, level, direction, stillness, and transference of weight (stepping)

Dance

Movement, Technique, and Peformace

1 - Demonstrate simple phrases of movement in time and space

c - Explore how to move using qualities of movement

Dance

Movement, Technique, and Peformace

1 - Demonstrate simple phrases of movement in time and space

d - Perform simple phrases of movement to experience movements in sequence, rhythm, and relationships

Dance

Create, Compose and Choreograph

1 - Translate simple ideas and stories into movement

a - Explore with movement that expresses different feelings in personal and general space

Dance

Create, Compose and Choreograph

1 - Translate simple ideas and stories into movement

c - Select some movements out of many, and create a simple movement phrase to encourage self-expression

Dance

Create, Compose and Choreograph

1 - Translate simple ideas and stories into movement

d - Use sensory stimuli and real-life situations as an impetus for moving and creating original work

Dance

Historical and Cultural Context

1 - Recognize dances from around the world

a - View dances from around the world, and explore the country of origin

Dance

Historical and Cultural Context

1 - Recognize dances from around the world

b - Explore dance as a way for people to express themselves

Dance

Historical and Cultural Context

1 - Recognize dances from around the world

c - Demonstrate how people in different cultures move in similar and different ways

Dance

Historical and Cultural Context

1 - Recognize dances from around the world

d - Explore occasions for dance across different cultures

Dance

Historical and Cultural Context

1 - Recognize dances from around the world

e - Explore shapes, levels, and patterns in a dance, and describe the actions

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

1 - Observe and identify different dance genres

a - Experience the joy of seeing and responding to dance

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

1 - Observe and identify different dance genres

b - Demonstrate movement to express emotion

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

1 - Observe and identify different dance genres

c - Describe what is seen and felt in a movement by speaking or drawing a picture

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

2 - Attentively observe a dance performance

a - View a performance with attention

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

2 - Attentively observe a dance performance

b - Clap to show joy and appreciation of a dance

Dance

Reflect, Connect and Respond

2 - Attentively observe a dance performance

c - Draw on paper the movement seen in the space of a particular dance work

Music

Expression of Music

2 - Respond to rhythmic patterns and elements of music

b - Move or use body percussion to demonstrate awareness of beat and tempo

Music

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

2 - Express feeling responses to music

a - Create movements in response to music

Movement and Music

N - Feeling and expressing steady beat

4 - Child maintains a steady beat to music for 12–16 beats.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

1 - Child moves to music.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

1 - Child moves to music.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

1 - Child moves to music.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

3 - Child names a movement and engages in it to music.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

4 - Child creates and repeats a two-movement pattern to music.

Movement and Music

O - Moving to music

4 - Child creates and repeats a two-movement pattern to music.

Mathematics

1 - Play

Children engage in play to develop their mathematical thinking and problem solving.

c - Experiment with patterns and shapes.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

a - Engage in spontaneous imaginative play using a variety of materials to dramatize stories and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

d - Plan, work cooperatively and create drawings, paintings, sculptures and other art projects.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

d - Plan, work cooperatively and create drawings, paintings, sculptures and other art projects.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

a - Begin to understand and develop a vocabulary to share opinions about artistic creations and experiences

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

b - Enjoy participating in a variety of art experiences.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

c - Appreciate and demonstrate respect for the work of others.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

c - Appreciate and demonstrate respect for the work of others.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

d - Begin to notice differences in the arts from a variety of cultures.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

d - Begin to notice differences in the arts from a variety of cultures.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

d - Begin to notice differences in the arts from a variety of cultures.

Physical Health and Development

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means to understand healthy behavior and develop their physical bodies.

b - Use their sesnse to explore materials and experience activities.

Physical Health and Development

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means to understand healthy behavior and develop their physical bodies.

d - Initiate activities that challenge their bodies in new ways.

Physical Health and Development

2 - Gross Motor

Children increasingly move their bodies in ways that demonstrate control, balance and coordination.

b - Demonstrate body and space awareness to move and stop with control over speed and direction.

Physical Health and Development

5 - Senses

Children increase their understanding of the use of their eyes, ears, fingers, nose and mouth and how the senses work together.

c - Combine and use different senses depending on the activity.

Physical Health and Development

5 - Senses

Children increase their understanding of the use of their eyes, ears, fingers, nose and mouth and how the senses work together.

c - Combine and use different senses depending on the activity.

Physical Development & Health

Gross Motor Skills: The control of large muscles for movement, navigation, and balance.

Develops motor control and balance for a range of physical activities, such as walking, propelling a wheelchair or mobility device, skipping, running, climbing, and hopping.

Physical Development & Health

Gross Motor Skills: The control of large muscles for movement, navigation, and balance.

Understands movement concepts, such as control of the body, how the body moves (such as an awareness of space and directionality), and that the body can move independently or in coordination with other objects.

Physical Development & Health

Gross Motor Skills: The control of large muscles for movement, navigation, and balance.

Understands movement concepts, such as control of the body, how the body moves (such as an awareness of space and directionality), and that the body can move independently or in coordination with other objects.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Expresses what is felt and heard in various musical tempos and styles.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Moves to different patterns of beat and rhythm in music.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Uses creative movement to express concepts, ideas, or feelings.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Uses creative movement to express concepts, ideas, or feelings.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Uses creative movement to express concepts, ideas, or feelings.

Creative Arts Expression

Creative Movement & Dance: The use of the body to move to music and express oneself.

Uses creative movement to express concepts, ideas, or feelings.

Creative Arts Expression

Art: The use of a range of media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or other objects.

Creates artistic works that reflect thoughts, feelings, experiences, or knowledge.

Creative Arts Expression

Art: The use of a range of media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or other objects.

Creates artistic works that reflect thoughts, feelings, experiences, or knowledge.

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

Self, Family, & Community: The understanding of one’s relationship to the family and community, roles in the family and community, and respect for diversity.

Understands similarities and respects differences among people.

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

Self, Family, & Community: The understanding of one’s relationship to the family and community, roles in the family and community, and respect for diversity.

Understands similarities and respects differences among people.

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

Self, Family, & Community: The understanding of one’s relationship to the family and community, roles in the family and community, and respect for diversity.

Understands similarities and respects differences among people.

The Arts

36 - Explores drama through actions and language

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Drama

Create

1 - Demonstrate emotions and feelings in dramatic play

a - Identify how people show emotions and feelings

Drama

Create

1 - Demonstrate emotions and feelings in dramatic play

b - Use facial expressions and movement to demonstrate emotions and feelings

Drama

Perform

1 - Use dramatic play to imitate characters

a - Use body and movement to depict various pretend characters

Drama

Perform

1 - Use dramatic play to imitate characters

b - Use body and voice to depict various everyday characters

Drama

Critically Respond

1 - Respond to stories and plays

a - Provide an initial response when exposed to a new performance, puppet show, or dramatization

Social Relations

H - Understanding and expressing feelings

4 - Child represents an emotion through pretend play or art.

Creative Representation

K - Pretending

1 - Child pretends to be an animal, an object, or another person.

Creative Representation

K - Pretending

3 - Child uses both words and actions to portray a role, situation, or setting.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

a - Engage in spontaneous imaginative play using a variety of materials to dramatize stories and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

a - Engage in spontaneous imaginative play using a variety of materials to dramatize stories and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

1 - Play

Children engage in play as a means of self-expression and creativity.

b - Use movement, a variety of media and music while playing to represent stories, moods and experiences.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

a - Explore various roles in dramatic play through the use of props, language and fantasy roles with others.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

a - Explore various roles in dramatic play through the use of props, language and fantasy roles with others.

Creativity

2 - Creative Expression

Children engage in individual or group activities that represent real-life experiences, ideas, knowledge, feelings and fantasy.

b - Use movement and a variety of musical styles to express feelings and to understand and interpret experiences.

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

a - Begin to understand and develop a vocabulary to share opinions about artistic creations and experiences

Creativity

4 - Appreciation of the Arts

Children express interest in and begin to build a knowledge base in the arts.

c - Appreciate and demonstrate respect for the work of others.

Social & Emotional Development

Social Relationships: The healthy relationships and interactions with adults and peers.

Recognizes and labels others’ emotions.

Approaches To Learning

Initiative & Curiosity: An interest in varied topics and activities, desire to learn, creativeness, and independence in learning.

Demonstrates eagerness to learn about and discuss a range of topics, ideas, and tasks.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Logic & Reasoning

Symbolic Representation: The use of symbols or objects to represent something else.

Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.

Creative Arts Expression

Drama: The portrayal of events, characters, or stories through acting and using props and language.

Uses creativity and imagination to manipulate materials and assume roles in dramatic play situations.