Investigating…

Investigations is the curriculum used by Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The curriculum was developed by CFDRC teachers and administrators in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. The curriculum is centered around engaging projects—called “investigations”—on topics that are selected by children, teachers, and families. As children investigate a topic in learning centers, small collaborative groups, whole group activities, movement and music experiences, outdoor observation, or field trips, they acquire critical competencies identified in the Connecticut Early Learning Standards and the standards of national professional organizations. Each video in the Investigating series captures one topic of investigation explored at the CFDRC. Videos include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in literacy, math, science, art, and other activities through the three- or four-month investigation.

Rocks_300x202[1]#7 Investigating Rocks

In Investigating Rocks, preschool teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities utilizing rocks.
Pathways_300x202[1]#6 Investigating Pathways

In Investigating Pathways, preschool and toddler teachers at Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while developing an understanding of the concept of pathways.
Containers_300x202[1]#5 Investigating Containers

In Investigating Containers, preschool and toddler teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while developing an understanding of the properties and uses of containers.
Trees_300x202[1]#4 Investigating Trees

In Investigating Trees, preschool and toddler teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while studying trees and the animals that live in them.
Nature_300x202[1]#3 Investigating Nature

In Investigating Nature, preschool and toddler teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while investigating insects, worms, gardening, and other aspects of nature.
Balls_300x202[1]#2 Investigating Balls

In Investigating Balls, preschool and toddler teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while investigating the properties of balls.

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Going_Green_300x202[1]#1 Investigating Going Green

In Going Green, three preschool teachers describe how children engaged in a variety of learning activities while exploring what it means to “go green.” The video also features an interview with Dr. Theresa Bouley about the importance of connecting children to nature.

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For More Information
For more information about the video series, contact Julia DeLapp. For information about the Investigations curriculum, contact Niloufar Rezai.