Toddler Learning Benchmark Progress Form

A toddle ranges in age from 12 to 36-months-old according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Accordingly, toddle education is for 1 to 3-year-olds. However, some experts in the field use different age groupings. Midcontinent Research International (McRel) recognizes only one set of standards for Early Childhood (0 to 36-month-olds).

Because of the relatively comprehensive nature of McRel’s research we have chosen to highlight their standards and benchmarks in order to better help you the parent and teacher serve the children in the most effective ways possible.

McRel defines 5 standards for early childhood. They are:

Standard 1.     Children develop physical abilities and healthy practices

Standard 2.     Children develop trust and emotional security through positive relationships, self-awareness, and self-regulation

Standard 3.     Children use imitation, exploration, and play to acquire knowledge and solve problems

Standard 4.     Children develop the ability to understand the world around, including mathematical and scientific

Standard 5.     Children develop the ability to communicate

The McRel standards do not incorporate many of the spiritual aspects of life. Heretofore, anything to do with spirituality was considered unmeasurable and/or associated with particular religions or philosophies. The reality is quite different.

Spirituality relates to both the inner development and outward growth of the individual. Spirituality is based on the cultivation, development, and expression of universal values and virtues, such as the Golden Rule. Morals are relative to time and place, culture and religion. Universal values and virtues are not.

These values and virtues play a central role in all the great religions of the world. They are the fundamental basis of civilization, society, and family, and they provide the framework which governs individual conduct.

As such, we propose to modify the excellent educational standards that currently exist to incorporate the spiritual aspects of human reality. Here are show suggestions for toddler educational standards:

Standard 1.     Children develop physical abilities and healthy life-style practices

Standard 2.     Children develop virtues and emotional security through positive relationships, self-awareness, and character building

Standard 3.     Children use observation, exploration, imitation, and play to develop spiritual sensitivities, acquire knowledge, and solve problems

Standard 4.     Children develop the ability to understand the world around, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realities

Standard 5.     Children develop the ability to empathize, communicate, and serve

Benchmarks for the revised standards have not yet been delineated.

Learning standards must be expanded to incorporate spiritual reality. The values and virtues that are the foundation of spirituality are the bedrock upon which to help our children develop strong and noble characters.

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