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Here are some suggested benchmarks from the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, Preschool and the Illinois State Board of Education Common Core.
Common Core and Arts Standards for Illinois
Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, Preschool
CC.K.R.L.1 Key Ideas and Details: With prompting and support, ask and
answer questions about key details in a text.
CC.K.R.L.2 Key Ideas and Details: With prompting and support, retell
familiar stories, including key details.
CC.K.R.L.3 Key Ideas and Details: With prompting and support, identify
characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CC.K.R.L.9 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: With prompting and
support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of
characters in familiar stories.
CC.K.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: With guidance
and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather
information from provided sources to answer a question.
CC.1.R.L.2 Key Ideas and Details: Retell stories, including key details,
and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CC.1.R.L.3 Key Ideas and Details: Describe characters, settings,
and major events in a story, using key details.
CC.1.SL.4 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe people,
places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas
and feelings clearly.
25.A.1b Drama: Understand the elements of acting, locomotor and
nonlocomotor move-ment, vocal and nonvocal sound, story making;
the principles of plot, character, setting, problem/resolution and
message; and the expressive characteristics of simple emotions.
25.B.1 Identify similarities in and among the arts (e.g., pattern,
sequence and mood).
26.A.1b Drama: Understand the tools of body, mind, voice and simple
visual/aural media and the processes of planning, practising and
collaborating used to create or perform drama/theatre.
26.A.1c Music: Identify a variety of sounds and sound sources
(e.g., instruments, voices and environmental sounds).
27.A.1a Identify the distinctive roles of artists and audiences.
27.A.1b Identify how the arts contribute to communication,
celebrations, occupations and recreation.
27.B.1 Know how images, sounds and movement convey
stories about people, places and times.
2.B.ECa With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about
books read aloud.
2.B.ECb With teacher assistance, retell familiar stories with three
or more key events.
2.B.ECc With teacher assistance, identify main character(s) of the story.
2.C.ECa Interact with a variety of types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems,
14.A.ECa Recognize the reasons for rules in the home and early
childhood environment and for
laws in the community.
14.A.ECb Contribute to the well-being of one’s early childhood
14.D.ECb Participate in a variety of roles in the early childhood
16.A.ECb Develop a basic awareness of self as an individual.
18.A.ECa Recognize similarities and differences in people.
18.B.ECa Understand that each of us belongs to a family and
recognize that families vary.
23.B.ECa Identify examples of healthy habits.
23.B.ECb Identify healthy and non-healthy foods and explain
the effect of these foods on the body.
25.A.ECb Drama: Begin to appreciate and participate in dramatic
25.B.ECa Describe or respond to their creative work or the creative
work of others.
30.A.ECa Recognize and label basic emotions.
31.A.ECa Show empathy, sympathy, and caring for others.
31.A.ECb Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others.
32.B.ECa Participate in discussions about finding alternative
solutions to problems.