Lesson Center

Bringing the Arts & Science Alive in the Classroom

Designed for teachers to use flexibly with existing curricula, we collaborated with our grant partners to develop resources and lessons to enhance hands-on learning for young children.

Our resources are developed by highly regarded organizations and early childhood educators. Learn More

Explore Lessons by Preschool Theme


Actively investigate and experiment with changes that occur in nature in the spring.

Outdoor Classroom

From flowers to wind and even planting a garden, children will learn about and interact with the outdoor world around them.


Learn about different types of weather and use everyday materials to discover weather-related wonders.

All About Me

Encourage celebration of the self by exploring similarities, differences and individual uniqueness.

Animal Friends

Discover unique characteristics and behaviors of animals through a series of interactive activities.

Community Helpers

Activities with a variety of materials show what it means to be a responsible member of the community.

Curious Crawlers

Gain a new perspective on the insects that creep, crawl and fly around us

Elements of Art

Observe works of art and explore the materials and techniques used to create them.

Also, explore instruments and sound through observation and sort percussion instruments by how they produce sound.


Experiment and create with all things fall, including leaves, apples and pumpkins.

Farm to Preschool

Children will explore the food we eat, where it comes from and how it is made.


Explore different types of habitats and the animals that live in them.

Healthy Me

Learn about the human body and the importance of keeping it clean and healthy.

My Five Senses

Use everyday materials to learn more about the five senses.

Our Sky

Children will investigate what is in the sky, such as the Sun, the stars, and the Moon.


Introduce the concepts of recycling, repurposing and upcycling through hands-on learning activities.

Tinkering & Making

Explore everyday tools and items to build problem-solving skills.


Investigate different modes of transportation through science and art activities.


Get a hands-on experience with the changes that occur during the winter season.

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Creating Quality Content is Our Priority

Enhancing School Readiness for Preschoolers

PNC Grow Up Great acknowledges that high quality early childhood education is important for children's development. Our Lesson Center provides resources for teachers and parents that meet the highest possible standards. As the PNC endowed chair in early childhood education, Barbara A. Wasik, Ph.D. works closely with a variety of content providers to develop the Lesson Center resources. She is also a professor in the Department of Psychological Studies in Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Our content providers include:

Common Core State Standards Initiative – These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge [1]. Visit the CCSS

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