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Preschool Curriculum Examples

Age Group: Preschool

Activity: Making ice cream

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:

  • Social and Emotional Development Strand E- Develop social relationships

  • Early Mathematical Discovery Strand A- Understand the attributes and relative properties of objects (measurement and data)

  • Cognition Strand A- Develop effective approaches to learning

In this learning activity preschoolers measured, counted out ingredients, and took turns by passing the bowl of cream while shaking it to create ice cream.

Age Group: Preschool

Activity: Sorting natural materials with tweezers

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:

  • Physical Health and Development Strand B- Early learning experiences will support children to develop fine motor skills

  • Science Strand C- Early learning experiences will support children to understand patterns, process and relationships of living things

  • Cognition Strand B- Early learning experiences will support children to use logic and reasoning

In this learning activity children were given a bin of natural materials found outside. Using tweezers, children exercised their fine motor skills to sort the items into different categories based on one or two attributes

Age Group: Preschool

Activity: Building a house that will resist wind in connection

               with "The Three Little Pigs"

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:

  • Literacy Strand D- Early learning experiences will support children to gain book appreciation and knowledge

  • Science Strand B- Early learning experiences will support children to engage in the process of engineering

  • Cognition Strand B- Early learning experiences will support children to use logic and reasoning

In this learning activity children listened to the classic story, "The Three Little Pigs". Given a variety of materials, their teacher challenged them to create a house for a pig that would withstand wind. They created houses and tested their strength with a fan. The teacher then prompted children to retell the story using toy pigs and the houses the children built.

Age Group: Preschool

Activity: Using balls of different size and shape to explore

               concepts of gravity and surface area

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:

  • Science Strand A- Early learning experiences will support children to apply scientific practices

  • Science Strand D- Early learning experiences will support children to understand physical sciences

  • Cognition Strand A- Early learning experiences will support children to use logic and reasoning

In this learning activity children were given different types of balls. They dipped then in water and dropped them onto colored paper. Teachers prompted them to drop the balls from different heights and use different levels of force. Children were encouraged to think about the impact of their actions of the type of marks the balls made on the paper.