Creating an “Early Learning Passport”

By Editors, NCLD Staff

 

Many early childhood educators have found it helpful to use the resources in this toolkit to create an “Early Learning Passport” for each child. The Early Learning Passport is a folder that you create containing checklists, documents and work samples that can be passed on to the child’s kindergarten teacher.

There is no “right” way to put an Early Learning Passport together. The important thing is that information about a child’s skills and development is passed on to the kindergarten teacher in a useful and organized way.

To create an Early Learning Passport, make a folder for each child. You can have each child decorate the front of his or her folder. Make sure that the folder clearly states the child’s name and date of birth. Include a variety of resources, such as:

  • Kindergarten Readiness Indicators Checklist, or whatever readiness checklist your program uses. Include information from several points throughout the school year to show which skills the child has mastered as he or she moved through the pre-kindergarten year.
  • Drawing and writing samples from three or four times during the school year.
  • Any assessments you have used with your child (both formal and informal like a screening tool)
  • A variety of information you think will be useful at a later date (e.g., hearing and vision screening results, tallies of how many letters and sounds they recognize, relevant family information).

 

Download Creating an Early Learning Passport

 

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Encouraging Ideas

Make it easier to practice skills at home: send a skill-building activity home each week. When possible, send it in the family’s native language(s) to encourage all family members to join in the fun.
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