Curiosity Corner’s integrated approach is built on a daily sequence of components. In Greetings & Readings, each child is individually greeted and made to feel welcome for a relaxed beginning to the day. Children look at books and explore tabletop activities before gathering for the Daily Message.
Each day during Clues & Questions, Curiosity Cat, the class mascot, introduces the concepts for the day with an active problem-solving activity. For example, Curiosity might bring out an object related to the theme and give the children clues so they can guess what the object is. The teacher stimulates the children’s curiosity and motivates them to learn more about the topic.
During Rhyme Time, the children learn active, theme-related rhymes and songs to promote their phonemic awareness. During Learning Labs, children explore the theme through concrete, hands-on experiences in a variety of learning centers.
Through the interactive story component, Story Tree, children have opportunities to expand their world and explore the theme through books and stories. During Story Tree, they develop their vocabulary, learn to make predictions, and prepare for reading by learning that print communicates ideas. Children are challenged to higher levels of thinking in interaction with educators who model thinking and questioning within and beyond the story.
Outside/Gross Motor Play promotes physical, cognitive, and social development through theme-related movement activities.
During Snack Time, children’s health, hygiene, and interpersonal skills are enhanced with discussion, exploration, and guidance.
At the end of each day, Question/Reflection has children review the experiences they had throughout the day and reflect on what they have learned from them. Through Home Link activities, children relate what they have learned in school with their life at home.
Families are encouraged to be actively engaged in their children’s learning through the Home Link components – home visits, the Home Link page, a lending library, videos, and participation in classroom activities. These aspects of the program help keep families informed of their children’s school experiences so family members can encourage their children’s learning.