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.

- Seeks familiar adult as a secure base in new situations.

• Shows increasing ability to regulate own behavior.

- Responds to and begins to follow simple requests.

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

- Demonstrates confidence in own abilities.

• Manages a range of emotions.

- Expresses a range of primary emotions, such as interest and disgust.

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

- Intentionally engages briefly with other people.

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

- Identifies other people in his or her immediate world and their roles.

• Expresses needs and participates in self-care routines.

- Expresses needs and engages in simple personal care tasks.




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

- Gains control and balance as he or she coordinates movement from place to place.

• Gains control of small muscles in hands.

- Uses hands together and then separately.



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

- Focuses on an activity but is easily distracted.

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

- Begins to act purposefully to make things happen.

• Begins to group objects that have similar characteristics.

- Matches objects by similar characteristics.

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

- Uses trial-and-error to discover how things fit and move in space.

• Utilizes strategies for solving simple problems.

- Tries to solve simple problems through trial and error.

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

- Imitates after observing activity, often using materials.



• Understands verbal and nonverbal communication.

- Understands simple speech, including simple directions and questions.

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

- Produces single and multiword phrases.

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

- Recognizes that pictures have meaning and can tell a story.

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

- Shows interest in handling drawing and writing tools and scribbles spontaneously.




1436 West Randolph

Chicago, IL 60607


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