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Every Kid Deserves the Chance to Learn and Grow
Pair these FREE educator-developed printable activities with your favorite Encantos videos, books, and songs to help your child develop critical reading, writing, math, and social emotional learning skills. Plus, check out our Tips for Grown-ups to help reinforce the teachable moments in each lesson.
Today’s kids are encountering challenges their parents didn’t have to face, so it goes without saying that they’ll need different skills to navigate a fundamentally changed world.
Today’s kids are exploring a world that’s more interconnected, more multicultural, more technologically advanced, and far more complex than the one we grew up in, and they’re encountering challenges their parents didn’t have to face.
Turning to digital and social media for information and entertainment is natural to these kids, while artificial intelligence and e-commerce have changed the way they experience things we once discovered on our own. In more ways than one, these media have replaced playgrounds as primary gathering places for kids, so it goes without saying that they’ll need different skills to navigate this fundamentally changed world.
And when we fast forward to when these kids are grown, they’ll enter a job market unfamiliar to their parents. Research has shown that the modern labor market requires an increasingly diverse skill-set, with abilities like critical thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, and curiosity. Since the current education system in the United States was created almost 100 years ago to serve the needs of a vastly different economy, we need to ensure that our kids develop the necessary skills now. In this way they will attain the learning agility to be successful no matter their professional future.
The New Fundamentals are the skills required to thrive.
We define the New Fundamentals as the Learning, Literacy, and Life skills that every child needs to reach their full potential.
Learning Skills prepare children to think—and enjoy learning—in changing situations. These are often described as the 6 Cs: Collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creativity, and confidence.
Literacy Skills are the foundational skills they need to be effective and informed as future adults. These are things like financial literacy, information and media literacy, multilingualism, numeracy, and environmental literacy.
Life Skills are the things we usually think of as character and mental wellbeing, like adaptability, grit, compassion, curiosity, and leadership.
Taken together, these New Fundamentals help kids succeed in a changing world, form relationships, and care for themselves and others.
As parents, we want to prepare our children for the future, giving them the tools they need to be healthy (both mentally and physically), happy, and proud of who they are. A complete education—one that includes these New Fundamentals—helps kids develop all the skills they need to flourish, giving them the best start possible.
That’s why Encantos has established itself as the home of these New Fundamentals. It’s why we encourage storyteachers, families, and educators to broaden the aperture on kids’ learning. Because we believe the new fundamentals are teachable, even if they don’t always fit into the classroom curriculum, and we want to help our kids thrive as the world continues to change.