Positive attitudes and dispositions determine children’s ability to learn. We want children to develop positive approaches to learning in terms of their social interaction and ability to obtain new information so they can thrive as learners.
Age: 3-5 Years Old
Domain: Approaches to Learning
Progress and Support
Preschoolers show progress when they
- want to learn new things,
- illustrate a sense of wonder.
You support development when you
- get out and explore the community by visiting parks, museums, swimming pools, etc.,
- find ways for children to explore and learn more about their community,
- look for cues indicating new or growing interest and find ways of supporting those,
- find shared experiences where both children and adults can discover new things together,
- provide plenty of variety in activities so children can explore new interests.
Resources: Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, 2005
Author: Nate McCallister
Nate McCallister started with SonShine Learning Center in 2003 as a preschool teacher. Today, he works as the organization’s director of operations and is the site director at the Luther location. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and professional writing from Metropolitan State University and studied early childhood education at St. Paul College.