Approaches To Learning: Oregon Early Childhood Foundations - Ages Three to Five
Early Childhood Foundation Areas:
- Initiative and Curiosity
- Engagement and Persistence
- Reasoning and Problem Solving
A young child grows and learns through personal experiences and understanding the relationship of self to home and family. Their lives expand to include people they meet through early childhood education and care environments, the neighborhood and the community in which they live. Cultural values and norms also influence development and the way a child interacts with new ideas and events. Family and teachers can share information about a community that can assist each child’s strengths and style of learning.
Adults need to identify children’s current knowledge and understanding of their world and use it as a basis for making new experiences and ideas meaningful. Learning needs to be incorporated into real every day events and be promoted through encouragement when the child tries new things.
Oregon K-12 Standards: There are no Oregon Standards for this Foundation Area.
Head Start Child Outcomes Framework: Approaches to Learning
Early Childhood Foundation: Initiative and Curiosity
Children use initiative, curiosity and persistence to learn about the world by:
- Exploring ways to use new materials
- Carrying out complex and varied sequences of activities
- Engaging in dramatic play
- Using conversation to ask questions and seek answers
Indicators: Observable Behaviors
- Asks an adult to read stories.
- Asks an adult to explain an event.
- Tries alternative methods to solve a problem.
- Notices changes in routines and asks adult about them, or comments on change.
- Discusses familiar and new topics and continues discussions by asking questions or making comments.
- Allows time for exploring and making choices.
- Models and demonstrates personal enthusiasm for new ideas, materials and experiences.
- Uses the outside world to promote discovery.
- Encourages children’s questions and curiosity with positive responses.
- Encourages creative thinking by asking open-ended questions (questions that require more than one word as an answer).
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