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Approaches to Learning 3-5


Approaches to Learning 3-5 Years old

The next part of the ECIPs for ages 3-5 year olds is approaches to learning.  This area has five components and several indicators.

The first component to Approaches to learning is Curiosity.  This area has two indicators.  These indicators are; show eagerness and a sense of wonder as a learner and show interest in discovering and learning new things.

The second component is Risk-Taking.  The indicators in this component include choose new as well as a variety of familiar activities and use a variety of strategies to solve problems.

The third component is Imagination and Invention.  The indicators of this component are approach tasks and experiences with flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness.  Use new ways or novel strategies to solve problems or explore objects and try out various pretend roles in play or with make-believe objects.

The next component is persistence.  The indicators include work at a task despite distractions or interruptions, seek and/or accept help or information when needed and finally demonstrate ability to complete a task or stay engaged in an experience.

The final component in Approaches to Learning is reflection and interpretation.  The indicators that are included in this component are think about events and experiences and apply this knowledge to new situations and generate ideas, suggestions, and/or make predictions.

An activity you can do with your children that would instill approaches to learning would be making slime with the children.  A recipe I found on 123 learncurriculum.com:

Supplies needed:


White Glue

Food Coloring

Ziploc Bags


Safety:  Not to be eaten.  To keep almost indefinitely, leave in Ziploc bag in refrigerator when not sliming! Wash hands before using the slime and wash hands after.


  • Warm water
  • Elmer’s or white craft glue
  • Borax
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 bowls
  • What is next?


  1. Mix together ¾ cup warm water, 1 cup lue and several drops of green food coloring into a bowl.
  2. In the second bowl, mix 4 teaspoons borax and 1 1/3 cups of warm water.
  3. Pour the contents of the first bowl into the second bowl and do not stir. Let the mixture sit for about one minute
  4. Remove the newly created slime out of the bowl and divide into sections for the kids
  5. Store in zip-lock baggies or tightly-sealed jar.

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