Learning in the Preschool

Children construct their own knowledge through a carefully planned curriculum that engages and builds upon each child’s current knowledge, recognizing that knowledge cannot simply be provided for the child. The curriculum, often emergent in nature, is based on the interests of the children. When learning is the product of the child’s guided construction rather than simply the teacher’s transmission and the child’s absorption, learning becomes individualized and differentiated.

Knowledge of a variety of broad concepts helps children make sense of what they learn and helps them apply it in new contexts in a meaningful way. Educators play a critical role in making this thinking and learning visible to the children, the children’s families, and colleagues in the school system through documentation, assessments, and reporting.