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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning
– Physical Development Strand B: develop fine motor skills
– Early Learning Communication and Literacy Strand A: understand language (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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Physical Development Strand C: acquire adaptive skills
– Physical Development Strand B: develop fine motor skills
– Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning

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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Physical Development Strand A: develop gross motor skills
– Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning
– Cognition Strand B: use logic and reasoning

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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Cognition Strand C: strengthen executive function
– Early Language, Communication, Literacy Strand D: gain book appreciation and knowledge

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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand A: understand language (receptive language)
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand B: use language (expressive language)
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand C: use language for social interaction

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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:
– Physical Strand B: develop fine motor skills
– Early Mathematical Discovery Strand C: understand the attributes and relative properties of objects.

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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:
– Cognition Strand A: develop effective approaches to learning
– Cognition Strand B: use logic and reasoning

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 C: 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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand A: understand language (receptive language)
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand D: gain book appreciate and knowledge
– Physical Development Strand B: 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
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards Met:
– Physical Development Strand B: develop fine motor skills
– Early Language, Communication, and Literacy Strand G: convey meaning through drawing, letters and words.
– Cognition Strand B: use logic and reasoning

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.