During this time, it was believed that all children learn differently. Children were viewed as curious and were given more opportunity to learn freely.
1746 - 1827
The idea of natural learning was developed at this time. Children were thought to learn best through sensory manipulative experiences.
Play in Learning
1782 - 1852
The importance of learning through play was discovered at this time. The term "Kindergarten" meaning children's garden was coined by the Theorist Froebel during this period.
It was suggested that children learn best through imitation and association as well as conditioning.
Senses and Manipulating Materials, Progressive Education, and Cognitive Development
Approx. 1960 - 1969
A curriculum was developed that allowed children to learn through the use of materials and their five senses. The curriculum also included reading and math which could be learned using manipulative materials.
During this time, it was believed that curriculum should be based on the needs and interests of the children. Early Childhood Education was developed in the United States at this time that included centered activities and dramatic play.
In 1969, a theory was developed by Piaget that labeled the four stages of cognitive development that children go through from birth through age 11.
The exposure of children to reading, writing and speaking before they are of school age.
Approx. 1985 - Approx. 1995
The idea that children need to be able to recognize letters, sounds and syllables in order to read
Common Core Standards
Approx. 2000 - Approx. 2019
Common Core Standards were developed as way to make sure that students all across America from kindergarten to 12th grade were learning about the same information no matter what state, county, district, or school they attend.
No Child Left Behind
This Act was passed to give all Early Childhood Education students a solid reading foundation.
Morrow, L.M. (2018) Foundations of Early literacy: From the past to the Present. In Literacy Development on the Early Years (pp. 14-29). Hoboken, New Jersey: Pearson