Science Focus
Exploring and connecting with the world (living and nonliving) around us to understand how it works
Math Focus
• Communicating about and understanding the world through quantification and spatial systems
Best practices: I
Creating a caring community of learners
Best practices II
Teaching to enhance learning and development
Best practices III
Planning curriculum to achieve important goals
Best Practices IV
Assessing children’s development and learning
Best Practices V
Establishing reciprocal relationships with Family
Focus of Best practice I
Creating a caring community of learners – emphasis on building relationships and creating a place where each feels welcome and supported as learners and community members.

Focus of Best Practice II
Teaching to enhance learning and development: providing opportunities for each child to be an active participant in his/her learning and development
Focus of Best Practice III
Planning curriculum to achieve important goals: Developing and implementing content for learning and aligned with standards and designed to meet the needs, abilities, and interests of children, teachers, and families. 
Focus of Best Practice IV
Assessing children’s development and learning: gathering information to inform interactions with and planning for children  in all areas guide decision making.
Focus of Best Practices V
Establishing reciprocal relationships with Family: All working together to achieve shared goals for children, families, and the community.   
Subject areas for Math
ArithmeticGeometryMeasurment
Subject Areas for Science
PhysicalEarthSocialLife
Math ELS
6-10
Science ELS
 11, 12, 13
Relevance for including in EC curriculum- Math
* Influence of positive early learning experiences* too important to be left to “Chance”* thinking process with connections to other curricular areas 
Relevance for including in EC curriculum- Science
* Draws on children’s natural curiosity Why? How?* Encourges Children to pursue their own questions and develop their own ideas* Builds on childeren’s experiences and exploration of the world
Relevance for including in EC curriculum- Cooking
*Hands on*eating*Seeing others cook*Everyday Life*Life Skill*Helps children connect different areas
Cooking Key Reminders
SafetyHealthAllergiesHand washingfood temperatureSimplicity- basic steps