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What Are Approaches Toward Learning?
Focus on Initiative and Curiosity.

The Office of Head Start requires all Head Start programs, in-cluding Early Head Start, to write school readiness goals for children who participate in the program [1307.3.(b)(1)(i)-(iii)]. These goals must describe what staff and families believe children should learn as a result of program services so that they are ready for kindergarten. The goals cover five essential domains: language and literacy development, physical well-being and motor development, cognition and general knowledge, social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning. Many of us are familiar with supporting children as they learn to communi-cate and talk; move their bodies; explore and learn about ob-jects and people in their environments; become attached to im-portant adults in their lives; and begin to develop friendships. What about the "approaches toward learning" domain?

The approaches toward learning domain is different than the other domains and presents a different way of thinking about learning. It doesn't focus on what skills, concepts, or behaviors children acquire across all the essential domains; it focuses on how children acquire them! Approaches toward learning refer to learning styles, habits, motivation, and attitudes that reflect the many ways children involve themselves in learning—how they go about developing new skills and concepts. These approaches are influenced by characteristics that children are born with, such as gender and temperament, and by attitudes and expectations fostered early in life through family, community, and cultural pat-terns and values.
What are these approaches? They include: attention, curiosity, information gathering, memory, persistence, and problem solvingWhat Are Approaches Toward Learning? Focus on Initiative and Curiosity.

The Office of Head Start requires all Head Start programs, in-cluding Early Head Start, to write school readiness goals for chil-dren who participate in the program [1307.3.(b)(1)(i)-(iii)]. These goals must describe what staff and families believe children should learn as a result of program services so that they are ready for kindergarten. The goals cover five essential domains: language and literacy development, physical well-being and motor development, cognition and general knowledge, social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning. Many of us are familiar with supporting children as they learn to communi-cate and talk; move their bodies; explore and learn about ob-jects and people in their environments; become attached to im-portant adults in their lives; and begin to develop friendships. What about the "approaches toward learning" domain?

The approaches toward learning domain is different than the other domains and presents a different way of thinking about learning. It doesn't focus on what skills, concepts, or behaviors children acquire across all the essential domains; it focuses on how children acquire them! Approaches toward learning refer to learning styles, habits, motivation, and attitudes that reflect the many ways children involve themselves in learning—how they go about developing new skills and concepts. These approaches are influenced by characteristics that children are born with, such as gender and temperament, and by attitudes and expectations fostered early in life through family, community, and cultural pat-terns and values.
What are these approaches? They include: attention, curiosity, information gathering, memory, persistence, and problem solving.

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