12 Chapter 1
Helping Preschoolers Learn Best
Consider what you just read about preschoolers and think about how you can enhance
the children’s experience in your program.
Preschoolers want to learn. Preschoolers like to touch things to learn. What can
children touch in your program?
Preschoolers need a safe environment that they can explore independently.
Do children get many opportunities for free play? How can you increase this time?
Preschoolers like to move. Preschoolers use their whole bodies to learn. What do
you do that allows children to get up and move?
Preschoolers need a balance of active and quiet activities. What do you
plan that is active? What do you plan that is quiet?
Preschoolers are excited about almost everything. Preschoolers need a chance
to explore with materials such as glue and paint before they actually make something.
How do you let them explore?