Implementing Curriculum through the
The best curricular practices for preschool and kindergarten children
revolve around knowledge of the traits of young learners. Because they
are different from older children, they require teachers to use different
approaches than those seen in elementary-grade classrooms. Let’s consider
some of the characteristics of young children.
Preschool and kindergarten children are active learners. They are not
passive receptors or good listeners. Watching demonstrations or listening
to lectures is not their primary mode for taking in new information. They
are movers and shakers, wigglers and doers. They have energy to burn and
the desire to try out things actively for themselves. They are risk takers,
exploring their own capabilities and not always recognizing safety issues.
They are builders and constructors. They are climbers and runners. They
are scientists experimenting with new and exciting ways to use materials.
They are artists and dancers, exploring their own creativity and freedom in
space, figuring out how to express their unique selves.
Preschool and kindergarten children are just beginning to figure out
written language and the power of stories. They understand quantities
through real problems that arise and must be solved: How many crackers
can we have for snack, or how many children can fit around a table? Young
children express their feelings more through their behaviors than their