To what extent are learning activities open-ended rather than requiring right and wrong responses?
In what ways do the activities build on children’s individual interests?
What opportunities are embedded in the activities for children to make choices?
To what extent do the activities promote children’s learning through exploration and discovery and in what ways?
How do the activities offer children opportunities to engage and respond in the learning in their own ways?
In what ways do the activities offer children with varying strengths and abilities opportunities to engage in the learning? In what ways do the activities offer opportunities for children to engage in problem-solving, critical thinking, and/or creative thinking?
In what ways do the activities promote children’s development in the various developmental domains—social-emotional, cognitive/language, and physical?
In what ways do the activities build on the strengths of individual children and respond to the needs and challenges of individual children?
To what extent—that is, in what ways—are the activities culturally and linguistically responsive?
In what ways do the activities strive to foster learning in the whole child—that is, combining key learning areas such as emergent literacy, math and science thinking, creative arts, and physical health and well-being—rather than focusing on just one area of learning at a time?
What, if anything, is lacking with regard to fostering the breadth and depth of developmentally appropriate learning experiences?