Green Beginnings believes that each child should unfold naturally. Green Beginnings recognizes that all children have individual needs. Each child will be supported, stimulated, and encouraged to reach their full potential.


Health is the focus at Green Beginnings. Therefore health will be incorporated into much of the curriculum. Green Beginnings will not only focus on the health of the child but also the health of the environment.


Social & Emotional

• Trusts and interacts comfortably with familiar adults.

- Distinguishes familiar adult from a stranger and seeks to remain close to familiar adults.

• Shows increasing ability to regulate own behavior.

- Develops own patterns for eating, sleeping, etc. with support from adults.

• Exhibits an emerging sense of competence and confidence in growing abilities.

- Shows beginning awareness of own abilities.

• Manages a range of emotions.

- Responds with basic emotions, such as distress and contentment.

• Begins to engage with others by using more complex social exchanges.

- Observes and responds to people.

• Demonstrates an awareness of self in relationship to others in care, family, community, and cultural groups.

- Develops a sense of self as a person separate from others.

• Expresses needs and participates in self-care routines.

- Demonstrates discomfort and begins to participate as an adult attends to his or her needs.



• Moves body with increasing purpose, focus, control, strength, coordination, balance, and skill.

- Begins to move purposefully and with control.

• Gains control of small muscles in hands.

- Uses whole hand and then thumb and index finger to grasp objects.



• Remains focused on an object, person, or task.

- Demonstrates awareness of happenings in his surroundings and begins to focus on them.

• Makes things happen and begins to understand the cause of some events.

- Tries simple actions and discovers immediate results.

• Begins to group objects that have similar characteristics.

- Explores objects and begins to notice similarities and differences.

• Gains a basic understanding of how things move and fit in space.

- Begins to learn properties of objects and spatial relations (e.g., near, far, big, little, etc.)

• Utilizes strategies for solving simple problems.

- Demonstrates awareness of a problem.

• Engages in imitation and various types of social play behavior.

- Imitates and repeats simple actions.



• Understands verbal and nonverbal communication.

- Shows an interest in speech, facial expressions, and simple gestures.

• Uses vocalizations, gestures, and eventually words for a variety of purposes.

- Uses facial expressions, sounds, gestures, and body positions to communicate.

• Exhibits an interest in pictures, storytelling, and book reading.

- Shows an interest in pictures, songs and simple books.

• Uses vocalizations, gestures, and eventually words for a variety of purposes.

- Begins to develop the eye-hand coordination necessary for drawing and writing.



1436 West Randolph

Chicago, IL 60607


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