The Kindergarten Guidelines outlined in this document are built on high-quality research and evidence-based principles. The following principles are required in the learning environment and curriculum in the classroom:
- Skills and concepts specific to developmental domains developed by the Mississippi Department of Education are foundational to all instruction.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- The Arts
- Learning activities that acknowledge children’s individual rates of development are evident.
- Children are in an inclusive learning environment that embraces diversity.
- Children use their senses in the instructional process (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling).
- Active engagement (exploring, playing, manipulating, and problem solving) is the primary strategy for delivering instruction.
- Children are taught using a combination of instructional strategies, which includes active engagement in integrated learning centers, speaking and listening, participating in large and small group,
and individual instructional settings.
- Attitudes and examples from teachers and in lesson content taught reflect a positive problem solving approach. Therefore, attention should be given to instructional methods, emotional climate, environment, peer-to-peer interaction, and educator-child interaction.
- Children have experiences that are sensitive to the value of play, for it is through play that children create their own meaning and learning.
Children need opportunities to engage in application of the principles being introduced through the curriculum. Therefore, one of the requirements for kindergarten classrooms is that the majority of the instructional delivery be organized around a