Child demonstrates initiative and independence.
Child shows interest in and curiosity about the world around them.
Child asks a question, gathers information, and makes predictions.
Child plans and conducts investigations and experiments.
Seeks out and participates in new experiences.
- Javier sees his friend Ray eat a cucumber slice and decides to taste one.
- After the teacher adds an easel with paint cups in the Art Center, Grace explores what happens when she mixes different colored paint together on her paper.
- After watching his friend do it, Hugo decides to try climbing the ladder and going down the slide.
- Carlos works slowly to write each letter of his name on the sign-in sheet his teacher has added to the classroom routine.
- Matthew works with Kayla to use the balance scale their teacher demonstrated during Morning Meeting, attempting to find items that weigh the same.
Asks questions and seeks information about topics of interest.
- When Melissa notices a caterpillar on the sidewalk, she returns to the classroom and looks at the pictures in a bilingual book about caterpillars to see what they like to eat.
- After listening to his teacher talk about how sea turtles dig a hole in the sand to lay their eggs, Miles asks Garrison if he wants to watch the video of sea turtles laying their eggs so they can see how the babies get out.
- Leah looks at the peas on her lunch plate and asks, “Why do we have to eat vegetables?"
- Adrian looks out the window and asks, “Why does it rain?
Seeks out and uses materials to support investigations.
- On the playground, Asher takes a shovel from the sand table and digs in the dirt, looking for worms he can study under his magnifying glass.
- Abigail pushes her wheelchair around the room collecting objects that she can look at under the microscope.
- Hailey and Charlotte get the Lego blocks and use them to measure how long their feet and hands are.
- Hudson gets a book about bridges from the shelf and looks at it while he works at building a bridge with blocks.
Demonstrates self-direction while investigating a range of topics, ideas, and interests.
- Archie and Brook make plans to build a ramp for the race cars. They experiment with adding and removing blocks to raise and lower the ramp to see how to make cars go faster.
- Mackenzie wonders how big the class guppies will get. She picks out a book about guppies and begins looking at pictures so she can learn more about their size.
- Grayson spends some time each day watching the bird feeder hanging outside his classroom and draws pictures of the different types of birds he sees eating.
- Claire experiments in the Art Center, painting with brushes, feathers, string, and sponges to see the effects of each.