Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 2: Program Activities for Healthy Development

2.1 Program of Developmental Activities

2.1.3 Program Activities for Three- to Five-Year-Olds Opportunities for Learning for Three- to Five-Year-Olds

Programs should provide children a balance of guided and self-initiated play and learning indoors and outdoors. These should include opportunities to observe, explore, order and reorder, to make mistakes and find solutions, and to move from the concrete to the abstract in learning.
The most meaningful learning has its source in the child’s self-initiated activities. The learning environment that supports individual differences, learning styles, abilities, and cultural values fosters confidence and curiosity in learners (1,2).
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  1. Rodd, J. 1996. Understanding young children’s behavior: A guide for early childhood professionals. New York: Teacher’s College Press.
  2. Ritchie, S., B. Willer. 2008. Teaching: A guide to the NAEYC early childhood standard and related accreditation criteria. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.