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
Gain a new perspective on the insects that creep, crawl and fly around us.
From flowers to wind and even planting a garden, children will learn about and interact with the outdoor world around them.
Children will explore the food we eat, where it comes from and how it is made.
Activities with a variety of materials show what it means to be a responsible member of the community.
Children will investigate what is in the sky, such as the Sun, the stars, and the Moon.
Encourage celebration of the self by exploring similarities, differences and individual uniqueness.
Use everyday materials to learn more about the five senses.
Learn about the human body and the importance of keeping it clean and healthy.
Learn about different types of weather and use everyday materials to discover weather-related wonders.
Explore different types of habitats and the animals that live in them.
Investigate different modes of transportation through science and art activities.
Observe works of art and explore the materials and techniques used to create them.
Experiment and create with all things fall, including leaves, apples and pumpkins.
Get a hands-on experience with the changes that occur during the winter season.
Actively investigate and experiment with changes that occur in nature in the spring.
Introduce the concepts of recycling, repurposing and upcycling through hands-on learning activities.
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.
The Barnes Foundation
Carnegie Science Center
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Orchestra
Community School of the Arts
Delaware Museum of Natural History
The Franklin Institute
Kentucky Science Center
National Center for Families Learning
North Carolina Museum of Art
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
1. There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.