studies

What Are Studies?

Studies are exciting and engaging first hand explorations of topics that are relevant to children's everyday experiences.  The study approach is a method of integrating content learning through children's in-depth investigations of a meaningful topic, and through exploration and discovery they find answers to their questions.  The hands-on experimental nature of studies taps into children's natural curiosity, resulting in a learning environments that is both fun and intentional.

Why Studies?

The advantage of the study approach is that it allows for deep, firsthand exploration of topics that are of interest to children, offering myriad ways to learn about them. Plus, the study approach not only allows children to gain a deeper understanding of the topic but encourages them to develop skills across all domains as they apply the investigative process.

The featured study topics that offer plenty of flexibility for teachers to incorporate many of the typical themes that are used in preschool classrooms all over the country.  Just like themes, studies approach teaching and learning through a topic of interest to preschool children.  Also like themes, studies integrate learning across development and content area and enable teachers to plan primarily hands-on experiences.  Many activities from a teacher's existing themes can be built right in to one of the study topics. 

shapes of

leaves

height

make musical instruments

Investigation 1

What are the characteristics of trees in out community?

trees that lose their leaves

trees that keep their leaves

Investigation 2

Who lives in trees?

squirrels

insects

birds

monkeys

nuts

fruits

need soil, sunlight, water to grow

Investigation 6

What can we do

with parts of a tree?

build houses

make paper

Investigation 5

How do trees change?

forester

Investigation 3

What food comes from trees?

grow from

seeds

leaves change color

Investigation 4

Who takes care of trees?

nursery worker

arborist

maple syrup