The site's activities focus on early education and pre-kindergarten skills through the use of fun activities, such as learning literacy through singing, talking, and other actions. Teachers can share video clips, electronic books, games, songs, and videos with young children to help them learn about the alphabet, writing, socialization, and more. Other videos touch on art, counting, and science and math. Educators can find activities for specific ages, skills, or media types, and create playlists to keep them organized and ready for quick access.Continue reading Show less
The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment, also known as Ele, provides videos, electronic books, and other learning-based activities for educators, parents, and other adults who work with pre-K children. The variety of materials, which come from such sources as the National Center for Family Literacy and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, are labeled by age, intended skill (such as reading or writing), or media type.
Ele's system of organization for its learning materials should make it easy for educators to find what they need -- relevant resources that address their students' needs. To help organize things further, teachers can create playlists of their favorite activities and share them on the site.
The engaging, mostly interactive learning exercises cover a wide variety of subjects, including core content areas like math, science, writing, and reading, plus such topics as listening, talking, and the arts. Notably, the site includes activities that adults and kids can do together; each includes a brief description of what kids will learn, while user reviews help identify how adults can utilize the lesson. With this handy mix of adult instruction, fun activities, and practical lessons, Ele's resources are great for helping kids get ready for the transition to school.
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
Reading Foundational Skills
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.