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Early Childhood

Welcome to the Montana Office of Public Instruction's Early Childhood web page. This site provides resources and information to Montana educators, care providers and families regarding best practices in early learning. These resources will assist with implementation of effective instructional strategies, observation techniques, classroom assessments and much more. Please contact Terri Barclay or Tara Ferriter-Smith with any questions or concerns. Also, please contact Justine Jam, Indian Education for All Implementation Specialist.

Montana Early Care and Education Knowledge Base

Montana Early Learning Standards

Montana Early Learnng Standards 2014

The standards that guide the work of early childhood professionals to ensure that children from birth to age five have the skills and knowledge they need to achieve success in learning and reach their full potential in life.

Early Grades

Professional Organizations

 

 

 

Early Reading First

Early Reading First supports the development of early childhood centers of excellence that focus on all areas of development, especially on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success and that serve primarily children from low-income families. The Office of Public Instruction received a $6 million "Early Reading First" grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Known as the Montana Partnership for Early Literacy (MTPEL), the project assists approximately 400 young children gain literacy skills at a young age.

Assessment

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Curriculum

Language for Learning...

Behavior Expectations
Language for Learning Kit Contents

Language for Learning...

Record Sheet/Program Assessment Data

Language for Learning...

Record Sheet/Program Assessment Data

Language for Learning...

Record Sheet/Program Assessment Data

OWL Resources

Unit 1: Family

Unit 1: Poems & Songs

Download Poems & Songs
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Songs

  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • Eensy, Weensy Spider
  • Five Green and Speckled Frogs
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Down by the Bay
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • I'm a Little Teapot
  • Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Bingo
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Clap Your Hands
  • Five Little Ducks

Poems

  • Ten Little Fingers
  • Stand Up
  • Hands
  • Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling

Unit 1: Storybooks

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  • I Love you Like Crazy Cakes: Lewis, Rose
  • Just Like Mama: Newman, Leslea
  • This Way Ruby!: Emmett, Jonathan
  • The Kissing Hand: Penn, Audrey
  • Babies in the Bayou: Arnosky, Jim
  • Time for Bed: Fox, Mem

Unit 2: Friends

Unit 2: Poems & Songs

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Songs
  • Come On and Join In to the Game
  • The More We Get Together
  • Six Little Ducks
  • Bingo
  • Story-Character Bingo
  • What Are You Wearing?
Poems
  • Five Juicy Apples
  • Five Little Owls in an Old Elm Tree
  • Three Little Monkeys
  • Mix a Pancake

Unit 2: Storybooks

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  • Friends: Heine, Hleme
  • Matthew and Tilly
  • Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
  • The Wheels on the Bus

Unit 3: Wind & Water

Unit 3: Poems & Songs

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Songs
  • Apples and Bananas
  • Shake My Sillies Ou
  • Looby Loo
  • Willoughby Wallaby Woo
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Poems
  • My Big Balloon
  • Boom! Bang!
  • Raindrops
  • Cloud

Unit 3: Storybooks

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  • Feel the Wind: Doros, Arthur
  • The Wind Blew: Hutchins, Pat
  • Listen to the Wind: Mortenson, Greg
  • Like a Windy Day: Asch, Frank

Unit 4: The World of Color

Unit 4: Poems & Songs

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Songs
  • The Green Grass Grows All Around
  • Barnyard Song
Poems
  • The Snowman
  • The Little Turtle
  • Hands on Shoulders
  • Pease Porridge Hot

Unit 4: Storybooks

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  • My Crayons Talk: Hubbard, Patricia
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • My First Book of Colors: DK
  • Colors The Rainbow of the Natural World
  • A Color of his Own: Lionni, Leo

Unit 5: Shadows & Reflections

Unit 5: Poems & Songs

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Poems
  • Five Little Fishies
  • Windshield Wiper
  • The Little Turtle
  • Good Morning, Mrs. Hen
  • My Shadow

Unit 5: Storybooks

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  • The Puddle Party
  • From Head to Toe: Carle, Eric
  • Moonbear's Shadow: Asch, Frank

Unit 6: Things that Grow

Unit 6: Poems & Songs

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Songs
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Hush Little Baby
Poems
  • Buttercups and Daisies
  • Five Eggs and Five Eggs
  • I Measure Myself
  • When I Was One

Unit 6: Storybooks

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  • Our Tree Named Steve: Zweibel, Alan
  • Inch by Inch: Mallett, David
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Carle, Eric

 

 

Family

The early years of a child's life are the most important for learning and development. Parents and children learn best when learning together. The resources provided here are intended to promote and support healthy learning opportunities for families.

Related Links

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Families

The early years of a child's life are the most important for learning and development. Parents and children learn best when learning together. The resources provided here are intended to promote and support healthy learning opportunities for families.

National Center for Family Literacy
Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

Professional organizations
http://www.naeyc.org/tyc

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