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Getting Started in Blueprint for Early Learning

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EMPOWERING PRE-K EDUCATORS

Welcome to Blueprint for Early Learning

What a joy it is to spend the day with preschoolers! Their inquisitive minds and carefree spirits invite teachers to create environments and activities that inspire play, learning, and growth. As you begin to unpack you Blueprint for Early Learning kit, here is a guide to help you get started.
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GETTING STARTED

Building the Blueprint Box

All the resources you need to implement the Blueprint curriculum can be in one place. The box we include with your learning kit includes three shelves for storage. At the end of each day, teachers can store the teaching guides, books, and activity cards in one central location.

Here are some helpful instructions to guide your box assembly.

STEP 1

Remove the box from shrink wrap and lay flat, white side facing up. The longer panels should be to the left and right.

Place the 2 single boards to the side.
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STEP 2

Fold the top and bottom panels up and fold their side flaps in. Use your hand to help keep the panels upright
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STEP 3

Using your other hand, fold up the long panel that is still on the table
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STEP 4

Fold the remaining portion of the long panel over and lock it in by pushing the notches into the cutouts. Repeat steps 2-4 on the other side of the box.
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STEP 5

Place the folded box on the table with the BLUEPRINT logo facing up. Take the two single boards and slide them into the grooves to create the dividers.
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Download the Box
Assembly Instructions

If needed, please click the download below to download a printable version of the Box Assembly Guide. 

Download Box Assembly Instructions 

GETTING STARTED

The Learning Materials

Our new Blueprint follows a clear scope and sequence organized into ten highly engaging thematic units that lead to purposeful and authentic learning. We also provide a robust collection of resources to guide teachers through each unit.

Below we outline each unit and describe the journey you and your
early learners will embark on together.

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UNIT 1

Building Our Classroom Community

How do we build our classroom community? In this unit, you welcome children into their classroom community, where they will learn and grow so much with your support and guidance. Set the tone for the year by getting to know each individual child, helping them feel safe and secure, and teaching them the routines and rituals that help them feel confident in and knowledgeable about their new classroom community.

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UNIT 2

Healthy Kids!

How do I keep my body healthy? In this unit, “Healthy Kids,” children explore the concept of taking care of their bodies. Your class will discuss and explore questions such as “How does eating nourishing foods and staying active help us take care of our bodies?” and “How does sleep help us take care of our bodies?” The focus on taking care of our bodies means learning how to make healthy choices. This includes learning that everyone’s body works differently. In essence, children are exploring life science – what living things need to survive, grow, and thrive

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UNIT 3

Welcome to Our Neighborhood

What makes up our local community? In Unit 3: “Exploring Our Local Community,” children look outside their classroom and school to their community and the world around them. They think about the question- what is a community- and talk about the places, people, vehicles, and animals in their own community. Multiple opportunities for hands-on activities take place as children build buildings, explore basic maps, and create obstacle courses for their toy cars to ride around.

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UNIT 4

We Are Architects!

How do buildings get made? In this unit, we focus on the concepts of designing and building. Children learn that architects design buildings (using blueprints!) and then many different people work together to turn that design into a building. Children also learn that persistence is important in seeing a job through. We focus on the motto “Keep on trying.”

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UNIT 5

Life on the Farm

What happens on a farm? This unit focuses on what life is like on the farm for both animals and farmers. It threads many thematic ideas touched upon previously. Children learn that farm animals eat, sleep, and move in different ways. These are things that healthy kids do as well, as children learned in Unit 2. They compare baby farm animals to grown farm animals and learn that one characteristic of living things is growth. 

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UNIT 6

Mix & Make

What happens when you mix things together? Children channel their inner scientist in this unit, as they make mixtures using a variety of substances. They learn that mixtures result in changes, some that are reversible and some that are not. They engage in foundational science practices by asking questions, making predictions, and using their senses to make observations.

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UNIT 7

Let's Eat!

What makes food special? Children re-examine something that is already a big part of their lives: food! In Unit 2: “Healthy Kids” they learned about how eating healthy food helps them take care of their bodies. In this unit, they explore the steps in making a meal and investigate how the cooking process changes foods. They talk about how food is often part of special occasions and celebrations. They read two versions of a food folktale and learn about gardens and how some foods grow from seeds.

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UNIT 8

Animal Architects

How do animals build their homes? In this unit on animal homes, children combine what they have learned about what living things need to survive and how buildings get made. They learn how animals use what they find in their environment to build shelters and other structures to take care of themselves and their young. They take part in a new design challenge by building their own nests, and they learn about how our planet has many different kinds of habitats for many different kinds of animals.

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UNIT 9

Look Up!

What happens in the sky? Children continue to explore their world by looking up to the sky! Encourage them to use their imagination and curiosity to explore concepts like gravity, daytime and nighttime, clouds, rain, and space travel.

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UNIT 10

Celebrating Our Classroom Community

How do we celebrate our classroom community? As they prepare to say goodbye to their classroom community, children celebrate their progress and reflect on their year. They build excitement for their next year at school, and they review how the Power of 3 helps us take care of ourselves, each other, and our environment from this classroom to the next!

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GETTING STARTED

Learning Assessments

Assessment is a critical step in the learning process. Blueprint for Early Learning provides several assessment resources. You can use these resources to learn what your children’s strengths and needs are and to make instructional decisions.
  • Developmental Stages of Writing
  • Concepts of Print
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry & Spatial Relations
  • Data & Measurement
  • Letter and Sound Knowledge
  • Patterns & Attributes
  • Number & Number Sense
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GETTING STARTED

Appendix Resources

Assessment is a critical step in the learning process. Blueprint for Early Learning provides several assessment resources. You can use these resources to learn what your children’s strengths and needs are and to make instructional decisions.

Continuing Conversations

The books selected for each unit within the Blueprint for Early Learning curriculum are used to promote certain skills and concepts based around specific thematic goals. 

We also include a list of additional books with other ideas and topics worth exploring and discussing. As children re-engage with books used during class read alouds, encourage other ways of thinking about them. Below are examples of ways to continue these conversations.
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Teaching Point Checklist

As a professional development organization, we develop & enhance teacher’s knowledge of best practices and we infused our expertise throughout Blueprint. We understand what it takes to create lessons that promote high-quality instruction.

Blueprint for Early Learning features a comprehensive set of teaching points that are academically and developmentally appropriate. Use the checklists provided for each unit to record child observation notes. These notes can inform the instructional choices you make to meet the needs of your children.

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Family Letters

Family engagement is an integral aspect of the Blueprint for Early Learning curriculum. Parent, caregiver, or guardian buy-in will allow educators to extend classroom learning into the home. The Family Letters will provide ample opportunities for continued learning and parent-teacher engagement.
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EMPOWERING PRE-K EDUCATORS

Building Teacher Capacity

As a professional development organization, we develop & enhance teacher’s knowledge of best practices and we infused our expertise throughout Blueprint. We understand what it takes to create lessons that promote high-quality instruction.
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GETTING HELP

Contact the Blueprint Support Team

Do you have questions about how to get started with the Blueprint for Early Learning curriculum?

Your CLI Coach is a great resource to answer any questions you may have. You can also reach out to our Blueprint Support Team.

We are here to help and answer any questions you might have. Contact us today, and begin your journey to empower your young children and build teacher capacity and knowledge.

Tel: (215) 561.4676  ext. 137