Activity-Based: Preschoolers are active learners and must be involved in activities that do not force all the children to do the same thing at the same time. Learning center activities allow children to learn through experience rather than simply listening.
Provides Choices: Preschoolers need to be able to choose which centers to work in, what to build with the blocks, or where to put the paint on his paper. Teachers provide an environment filled with unit-related choices and a child chooses what interests him.
Allows Physical Development: Because muscles are growing and developing, preschoolers need to be able to move about freely. Learning activities allow children to move about as they choose a center, work a puzzle, draw a picture, play in the home living center, or enjoy a book.
Encourages Creative Expression: As a teacher develops activities related to a unit theme, creative expression in art, writing, puzzles, music, and other activities belong to the child. Every child is creative. He should be allowed to express himself and experiment with his own design rather than a teacher providing a "pattern" or assisting him with an art activity. The experience, rather than the finished product, is the goal. Children become confident as they use their own ideas.
Includes Beginning Group Experiences: While younger preschoolers will only be aware of themselves and their own activity (solitary play), they will eventually move to parallel play, and finally to group participation. Plans for group-time should always consider the age of the preschooler and his short attention span.
Biblically Based: Each unit should include a Bible story, Bible thoughts, and suggestions for meaningful conversation. The same phrases and verses should be used throughout the unit of teaching.
Makes Learning Fun: When preschoolers are allowed to move around, express their own creativity, and choose what interests them, they will be successful, relate positively, and enjoy learning.
Invites Conversation: Preschoolers learn through simple conversations about God, the world He made, and how to treat each other.