Since the February break, I have started to feel more confident that I am making progress on my Major Project. After my initial feelings of doubt and frustration (“Does Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy even have a place in Pre-K? Why aren’t there more resources out there for this age group?”), I have come up with a scope and sequence of what I would expect my Pre-K learners (3 and 4 year olds) to know about these concepts and am moving forward with creating lessons!
I tweeted out my first draft of the scope and sequence for my curriculum resources and got so many amazing comments and lots of great feedback! Other Twitter users helped me consider areas I might want to add to my scope and sequence (such as a conversation on screen time), asked clarifying questions that got me to reflect, or affirmed what I had created and encouraged me on my journey!
I have since tweaked my scope and sequence. This is what it looks like currently (it might still be changed slightly as I continue to create the individual lessons):
Some of the feedback I got on Twitter was that this might be too in-depth for Pre-K or that it was a lot of content. I agree that there are a lot of topics here, but I do believe that my Pre-K learners are capable of learning big concepts, and I don’t envision tackling this all in one go. I haven’t actually tried any of the lessons with my students yet, but I do think this would be something that is introduced in bits and pieces over the course of the year, so I think it is manageable.
The lessons are short and sweet (15 minutes maximum), include various connections to our Pre-K curriculum ELEs (Essential Learning Experiences), as well as extension activities and ways to incorporate these concepts into play. Here is a sneak peek at the first lesson (1.1 – What is the internet?) to give you an idea of what this looks like:
Overall, I am feeling excited about the final resource I will create, and I hope it can be of use to myself (and perhaps some other early years educators).
Do you have any feedback on my scope and sequence or lesson layout? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I am creating!
Until next time,
This is very professional and appears realistically useable. Can’t wait to see the final product!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Christine! I’m hoping to try a few of these lessons with my Pre-K kiddos before the semester ends if I have enough time. I think I will run it by the other Pre-K teachers in my division to hear their feedback, too.
I think your project will turn out great! Personally, I agree that there are a lot of topics but if they are spread out over the year it is definitely manageable especially considering the length of lessons. I know if I had a child in pre k I would be excited that they are having the opportunity to learn about these topics!
Thank you for your feedback, Brittney! I have currently sent my draft off to the other Pre-K teachers in my division to see if they have any feedback, too. I would hate to scale it down, as I think all of these topics are important, but if the general consensus is “this is too hard/too much for Pre-K,” then the tribe has spoken!
Wow, this looks great! Keep up the great work. Although I know probably not a single thing about early childhood education, it looks like it is a doable curriculum that has progression, and it seems easy to follow.
Thank you for your encouraging words, Kelly! It’s been a bit nerve wracking to feel that I am pioneering DigCit for this age group with not a lot to go on, but all of the positive feedback has helped me be confident that I am on the right track!
Wow! Great work, Kara! Your scope and sequence seems logical and well thought out. I think this looks like a manageable way to incorporate digital citizenship into your primary classroom. I am excited to watch the progress on your project!
Thank you so much for your comment, Jill! I appreciate all of the people who are cheering me on! I hope this will be a useful resource that can (hopefully) help some other early years educators to explore these subjects with their learners!
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