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Sub-skills for P-ATL.2


You are a preschool teacher at a Head Start. You are teaching the Head Start Standard P-ATL.2. “Child follows classroom rules and routines with increasing independence”. Please break that standard down into sub-skills, continuing with the numerical sequence pattern (example, P-ATL.2.a, P-ATL.2.b, etc)


Certainly! To break down the Head Start Standard P-ATL.2, which states, “Child follows classroom rules and routines with increasing independence,” into sub-skills, we can use a numerical sequence pattern as you mentioned. Here are some sub-skills for P-ATL.2:

P-ATL.2.a: Child can identify and recognize classroom rules. P-ATL.2.b: Child demonstrates understanding of the purpose of classroom rules. P-ATL.2.c: Child can follow classroom rules with verbal reminders. P-ATL.2.d: Child can follow classroom rules without verbal reminders. P-ATL.2.e: Child understands and follows daily routines in the classroom. P-ATL.2.f: Child can transition between different classroom activities with increasing independence. P-ATL.2.g: Child can manage their own belongings and materials effectively. P-ATL.2.h: Child can initiate and complete tasks independently. P-ATL.2.i: Child can adapt to changes in the classroom routine. P-ATL.2.j: Child can cooperate with peers in following classroom rules and routines. P-ATL.2.k: Child can seek assistance from the teacher when needed while following classroom rules and routines.

These sub-skills can help guide your teaching and assessment in the preschool classroom, ensuring that children are progressing towards following classroom rules and routines with increasing independence.


Great. Do it again, but this time limit it to 5 subskills. Also, generate 3 activity ideas for the preschool classroom centered around each subskill.


Of course! Here are five sub-skills for Head Start Standard P-ATL.2, along with three activity ideas for each sub-skill to promote children’s independence in following classroom rules and routines:


  1. P-ATL.2.a: Identifying Classroom Rules
    • Activity Ideas:
      • “Classroom Rule Scavenger Hunt”: Create a fun scavenger hunt where children search for visual representations of classroom rules posted around the classroom.
      • “Classroom Rules Storytime”: Read a story or create a classroom book that features characters learning and following classroom rules.
      • “Rule Reminder Game”: Play a game where children take turns explaining and demonstrating different classroom rules to their peers.
  2. P-ATL.2.b: Understanding the Purpose of Classroom Rules
    • Activity Ideas:
      • “Rule Explanation Circle”: Sit in a circle and discuss the reasons behind each classroom rule, encouraging children to share their thoughts and ideas.
      • “Role Play Scenarios”: Act out scenarios in which following specific rules is essential, helping children understand the purpose of rules through play.
      • “Rule-Based Art”: Create art projects that visually represent the benefits of following classroom rules, such as creating a mural together.
  3. P-ATL.2.c: Following Classroom Rules with Verbal Reminders
    • Activity Ideas:
      • “Rule Reminder Songs”: Sing songs with catchy tunes that incorporate reminders of specific classroom rules.
      • “Rule Reinforcement Stickers”: Use stickers as visual reminders for individual children to follow specific rules during the day.
      • “Classroom Rule Bingo”: Play a bingo game where children mark off rules they follow independently when they are reminded of them.
  4. P-ATL.2.d: Following Classroom Rules without Verbal Reminders
    • Activity Ideas:
      • “Rule Stars Chart”: Create a chart where children earn stars for following rules without reminders, and celebrate their accomplishments.
      • “Independence Awards”: Recognize and celebrate children’s ability to follow rules independently through awards or certificates.
      • “Role Model of the Day”: Choose a “Role Model” for the day who follows rules exceptionally well, encouraging others to emulate their behavior.
  5. P-ATL.2.e: Understanding and Following Daily Routines
    • Activity Ideas:
      • “Morning Routine Race”: Turn the morning routine into a friendly race where children follow the routine steps independently.
      • “Visual Schedule”: Use a visual schedule with pictures to help children understand and follow daily routines, allowing them to check off completed tasks.
      • “Routine Story Sequencing”: Create a storytelling activity where children put pictures or cards representing routine steps in the correct order.

These activities can help foster independence and support children in developing the skills necessary to follow classroom rules and routines with increasing autonomy.