Foundational Skills

These modules on interdisciplinary instruction specifically address the unique needs of students developing foundational literacy and math knowledge and skills.
Foundational Skills & Interdisciplinary Instruction

Play-based and project-based pedagogies are common interdisciplinary models in early childhood education.  However, best practice often requires direct instruction of knowledge and skills.  On the surface, these two ideas seem to contradict.  In reality, they are powerful practices when combined.  Watch this introductory video to learn more.


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DoE Early Learning Foundational Skills 

DoE Play-based Programming (PK-1st grade)

Literacy Foundations


Early Learning Foundational Skills: Literacy
Math Foundations



Early Learning Foundational Skills: Mathematics
Additional Resources

How to take care of the environment (TK) (PBLWorks)


Kids Can Learn More From Guided Play Than From Direct Instruction Report Finds

Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom


Worldwise Learning

The Curious Classroom

A Moving Child is a Learning Child