Advancing Exploration



Children are naturally curious and capable. Our curriculum fosters and builds upon that curiosity through University Liggett School's three-phase project approach, starting in Prekindergarten. Our students ask themselves what they already know about a topic; they do the research and investigation to discover what more they want to think; and, finally, they demonstrate and share what they've learned. Children are motivated when their individual interests are acknowledged, and that fosters a love of learning, development of attention self-direction and intrinsic motivation.

A brilliant example of this is how our Prekindergarten class last year explored the topic of fabrics. Arising organically as teachers noticed the student’s interest in scrap fabrics they had on hand in the classroom, the class embarked on a journey of discovery about fabrics of all types, in all applications and from all areas of the world. Starting with “What do we know about fabrics?” the class discovered that there was much more to the topic than clothing, alone. That simple ask of questioning led to a wonderfully interwoven set of inquiries, discoveries and hands-on experiences that unfolded throughout the school year to deepen student connection with the topic and its place in their world.

Through the Fabric Project, our teachers integrated the subject matter in a variety of ways to bring about greater meaning and understanding:

  • Identifying the numerous ways fabrics appear in our lives and asking students to bring in examples of those
  • Sorting, labeling and describing fabric samples for presentation
  • Engaging the students in textile art projects, including tie-dying and batik
  • Fine tuning small motor skills with weaving and sewing projects, including Monster Dolls.
  • Integrating physical education with the use of student-created dancing ribbons
  • Exploring the science of fabrics, as well as the different ways fabrics are used and valued around the globe