Curriculum Examples

Age Group: Preschool (Canary)
Activity: Observing Nature in the Classroom
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning.
Science Strand A: apply scientific practices
Science Strand E: understand features of earth
Language/Literacy Strand G: convey meaning through drawing, letters, words

In this science activity, our preschoolers are learning about living things by observing their spider plant they nurture in their classroom. They are using magnifying glasses to get a good look at their plant, and then they were encouraged to draw or write what they saw. This is an ongoing learning activity in our classrooms to develop an understanding of living things.


Age Group: Infants (Chickadee)
Activity: Playing with Toy Food and Friends
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Social & Emotional Goal # 5: Plays with other children
Social & Emotional Goal # 6: Learns to be a member of a group
Physical Goal # 9: Demonstrates fine motor skills
Language Goal # 16: Develops receptive language.

Our teachers got a small group of their mobile infants together for some imaginative play time with toy food and a cardboard ‘Baby Food Truck’. The teachers encouraged our infants to pass their toy food around to their friends through the large window and used the signs please and thank you. Ms. Kelly even got behind the truck herself to model how we share toys with friends.


Age Group: Toddlers (Flamingo)
Activity: Brushing a Puppet’s Teeth
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Social & Emotional Goal # 7: Uses personal care skills
Physical Goal # 9: Demonstrates basic fine motor skills
Cognition Goal # 11: Understands how objects can be used

As we learned about Community Helpers in our neighborhoods this fall, we talked about how doctors and dentists help to keep us healthy. Here, one of our flamingo teachers was discussing the importance of brushing our teeth and let the children practice this self-help skill on a puppet.


Age Group: Infants (Chickadee)
Activity: Infants Band Practice: Exploring with Instruments
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Social & Emotional Goal #6: Learns to be a member of a group
Physical Goal #8: Demonstrates basic gross motor skills
Physical Goal #9: Demonstrates basic fine motor skills
Cognitive Goal #11: Understands how objects can be used

Our chickadees are exploring with different types of infant musical instruments in a small group with their teacher. She shows them how to manipulate their instruments to make noise and encourages them to do the same.


Age Group: Toddler (Flamingo)
Activity: Learning about Living Things
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Cognitive Goal 10: Sustains attention
Language Goal 19: Enjoys books and being read to
Language Goal 20: Shows an awareness of pictures and printd

In the month of May, our flamingos learned about living things with both baby chickens and caterpillars in our centers. Here our toddlers are observing their caterpillar/butterfly habitats as they listen to their teacher read them a book about the metamorphosis these insects go through in their life cycle.


Age Group: Toddlers (Parrot)
Activity: Signing in American Sign Language
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Physical Goal # 9: Demonstrates fine motor skills
Language Goal # 16: Develops receptive language
Language Goal # 17: Develops expressive language
Language Goal # 18: Participates in conversations

In this group time our teachers are promoting the use of American Sign Language. Our theme here is In The Kitchen. As we learn about the cooking utensils we use and the food we eat, we are also teaching our students the sign for food/eat so that they can communicate their needs and wants with their teachers and peers.


Age Group: Toddler (Parrots)
Activity: Autumn Leaf Sensory Bin
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Physical Goal #9: Demonstrates basic fine motor skills
Cognitive Goal #13: Shows a beginning understanding of groups

Our parrots are using their fine/small motor skills to grasp autumn leaves in their sensory bin. During this experience, our teachers are also promoting color recognition as they talk to the children about the color leaves they are holding.

Here, our group is singing a song about the leaves falling down off the trees as they play and explore.


Age Group: Infants (Chickadee)
Activity: Dropping Eggs in a Barn
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Cognitive Goal #11: Understands how objects can be used
Cognitive Goal #12: Shows a beginning understanding of cause and effect
Language Goal #16: Develops receptive language

Our teacher is showing our infants how to pick up a plastic egg and drop it into the cardboard barn. Afterward, she encouraged the children to try. Our infants are following their teacher’s actions to drop the rest of the eggs inside their barn. Their teacher is bringing their attention to the cause and effect aspect of the egg disappearing once they let it go into the hole.


Age Group: Preschool (Bluebird)
Activity: Writing in coffee grounds
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning.
Physical Development Strand B: develop fine motor skills
Language and Literacy Strand E: gain knowledge of print and its uses
Language and Literacy Strand G: convey meaning through drawing, letters and words

In our preschool programs, we make learning letters fun and inviting to our children. In this picture, one of our preschoolers is using a tray of coffee grounds and a paint brush to practice writing letters in the literacy center.


Age Group: Preschool (Canary)
Activity: Exploring with Magnetic Sensory Bottles
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning
Science Strand D: understand physical sciences
Social & Emotional Strand E: develop, express, recognize and respond to emotions

During our Wacky Science theme, our canaries explored magnetic forces while using magnetic wands and sensory bottles. They dressed up like real scientists with safety googles and helped each other find magnetic items hidden within their sensory bottles.


Age Group: Infants (Chickadee)
Activity: Reading a book with a Teacher
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Language Goal #16: Develops receptive language
Language Goal #19: Enjoys books and being read to
Language Goal #20: Shows an awareness of pictures and print
Physical Goal #9: Demonstrates basic fine motor skills

Besides running engaging experiences daily for our children, our teachers are also learning every month with a Learning Center Challenge. For the month of March, our teachers put their focus on the books in the classroom and the language development of their students. Here our teacher is sitting down with one of our young toddlers reading him a book. She is asking him questions and encouraging him to turn the pages as she is focusing on his receptive language development.


Age Group: Toddler (Flamingo)
Activity: Painting Snow
Creative Curriculum Goals Met:
Physical Goal #9: Demonstrates basic fine motor skills
Language Goal #21: Experiments with drawing and writing
Cognitive Goal #12: Shows beginning understanding of cause and effect

Here our two year olds are exploring with snow in the sensory table together. Their teacher handed them some different colored paints and paint brushes and encouraged them to add colors to their cold white palette. Then she wondered aloud what would happen if they pressed paper onto their paint covered snow and handed them a paper. Through teamwork, our flamingos discovered they could make a print from their colorful creation.

Age Group: Preschool (Bluebirds)
Activity: Sock Monster Puppet Show
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Social Studies Strad A: Early Learning experiences will support children to understand self, family and a diverse community.
– Physical Strand B: Early Learning experiences will support children to develop fine motor skills.

These preschoolers are in their Dramatic Play Centers throughout our multiple locations. To explore the topic of clothing, our teachers made laundry rooms with homemade washers and dryers. These were constructed out of cardboard boxes with the children. Clotheslines were hung with clothespins for the children to practice some fine motor skills as they hung clothing. We had multiple baskets out for sorting our clothing as well. The puppets in the puppet show are made from socks. One of our activities this week was to make sock monsters.