engaging individual children as unique people and then nurturing their needs,
trusting them as learners, and supporting their growth.
• An (un)curriculum sees everything as a learning opportunity.
In an (un)curriculum, the job of the caregiver is to see learning moments and
make the most of them, building on the child’s prior knowledge and life ex-
perience. Luckily, everything offers a chance to engage the world, make a
connection, and gain understanding: a cardboard box, a disagreement with
peers, a broken spiderweb near the front door.
• An (un)curriculum is based on children’s needs, likes, and interests.
In an (un)curriculum, great care is taken by the adult to ensure that all aspects
of the program are geared toward supporting the unique needs of the indi-
• An (un)curriculum supports children’s autonomy.
In an (un)curriculum, children are trusted as learners and as much as possible
are given control over the four Ts: Team, Time, Task, and Technique.
• An (un)curriculum focuses on children’s play.
A commitment to play is the defining feature of an (un)curriculum.
What ages are the activities designed for?
The target age range for these activities is children age three to six years, but
younger and older children will also enjoy and learn from most of the activities.
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