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Updated: Dec 27, 2021

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning

  • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success

  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning

  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions

4 Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards interests/areas to cover in classrooms (optional)

1. Health and Physical Development


Nap Quiet Activities: Reading books together, putting together a puzzle, rather than forcing them to sleep. Allow child to express to you when they're tired. Show awareness of personal hygiene: Talk to the child about what you are doing. Say, “Your nose is runny. We need to wipe it with a tissue."-Praise them when they are done washing their hands. Make music. Borrow infants rattles and have a dance party, or set up baby yoga as a group.

Sensory: Walk on contact paper or bubble wrap.

2. Language and Development Communication


When changing diapers, sing to the children or talk to them. Have a conversation. Sing them songs in the morning. Wheels on the bus is a good choice, or say, “This little piggy goes to the market.” Repetitive songs.

Infants/Toddlers: Sensory: Fill a bag of hair gel and give the children letters for them to play with. Teach the children to count to 5 using your hands.

PreK: Do activities based on their "weekly theme" and start "letter of the week" program.

3. Social and Emotional


Infant/Toddlers: Get their scribbles out. Lay out a large piece of paper and have them scribble their “emotions”. Start teaching baby sign language. Say, “You asked for more cheese. That was a good way to let me know you wanted more.”

PreK: During circle time, put their names on popsicles and cups with emotion words. Let them choose how they are feeling that day. Talk about emotions.

4. Approaches to Learning


Encourage children to look for objects that have gone out of site by asking, “Where did the ball go?” Encourage children to explore their interests. Rotate out toys and books so there's always a variety.

Infants: Hold the child’s hands and allow him/her to pull themselves up to standing position in order to strengthen eye-hand coordination.

Infants/Toddlers: Lava lamp bottle (bottle, oil, water, food coloring)

PreK: STEM activities to encourage them to ask questions and to wonder.

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“The WMELS are based upon research conducted into all aspects of children's early learning and development, and encompass guiding principles, developmental expectations, and performance and program standards for the delivery of high-quality education and care to young children.”



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