Arrangement of the physical learning environment, learning materials, schedules, learning centers, small group projects, and integrated thematic learning experiences all provide ways for children to learn. Children may select activities and materials that interest them, and they learn by being actively involved.
Classrooms are arranged in well-organized interest areas or centers which contain a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials. These areas include dramatic play, block building, writing, science, math, creative arts, library, and computer technology.
Multi-cultural understanding is a part of the every day experience in the early childhood classroom. Cultural understanding is fostered through modeling and encouraging respect for individual differences, along with the careful selection of materials, literature, music, posters, pictures and activities. The awareness of ethnic backgrounds, the equality of gender roles, and the diversity of family lifestyles is enhanced through daily experiences and activities.
Theme units are planned to include all curriculum areas (Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, Social Science, Science, Math, Art/Music, Etc.). One to four weeks may be devoted to a unit. Theme units that may be introduced include Self, Home/Family, Community, Food, Colors/Shapes, Animals/Insects, Holidays/Traditions, Nursery Rhymes, Transportation.