This domain recognizes that a child approaches learning in different ways and emphasizes the development of positive attitudes and dispositions to acquire information.
Curiosity, Engagement, and Persistence
Displays curiosity, risk-taking and willingness to engage in new experiences:
- Is curious about and willing to try new and unfamiliar experiences and activities within their environment
Engages in meaningful learning through attempting, repeating, experimenting, refining, and elaborating on experiences and activities:
- Experiments and practices to expand skill level
- Refines skills that have been successfully accomplished
Exhibits persistence and flexibility:
- Focuses on activity but may be easily distracted
Creativity and Imagination
Engages in imaginative play and inventive thinking through interactions with people, materials and the environment:
- Watches and imitates the actions of others
- Uses objects in pretend play as they are used in real life and gradually begins to substitute one object for another in pretend play
- Recreates and acts out real-life and fantasy experiences in pretend play.
Expresses self creatively through music, movement and art:
- Shows a preference towards certain types of movement, music, and visual stimuli
- Explores the process of using a variety of artistic materials, music and movement
- Expresses self (ideas, feelings and thoughts) through a variety of artistic media, music and movement.
Diversity in Learning
Experiences a variety of routines, practices, and languages:
- Depends on adults to communicate about their routines, cultural preferences and learning styles
- Starts to notice differences in routines, practices and languages
- Asks questions of adults about the differences between various routines, practices and languages in a variety of settings.
Learns within the context of their family and culture:
- Understands and accepts diversity in other children and families.
Uses various styles of learning including verbal/linguistic, bodily/kinesthetic, visual/spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal:
- Tends to have a preferred learning style
- Explores other learning styles when introduced by an adult or peer
- Uses a variety of learning styles to meet their needs or achieve their goals.