When we make predictions, we form ideas about the future based on what we’ve already seen or done. Preschool children are beginning to notice patterns, sequences, and connections that help them guess what to expect from the world around them. Prediction skills are important in literacy, math, science, and social development. (See Illinois Early Learning and Development Benchmarks 1.B.ECb With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts., 9.A.ECa Recognize and name common two- and three-dimensional shapes and describe some of their attributes (e.g., number of sides, straight or curved lines)., 10.A.ECa With teacher assistance, come up with meaningful questions that can be answered through gathering information., 10.B.ECb Make predictions about the outcome prior to collecting information, with teacher support and multiple experiences over time. View module for activity, 10.C.ECa Describe likelihood of events with appropriate vocabulary, such as “possible”, “impossible”, “always”, and “never”., and 30.A.ECf Begin to understand the consequences of his or her behavior..) Here are ways to encourage a child’s disposition to make predictions.
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