Themes

Curiosity Ignites Interest in Learning

From birth to about age 5 is when children are their most curious.  This is the perfect time to build on that natural curiosity to establish life-long habits related to learning.  There is no better way to do this than to follow a child’s lead on things they wonder about, and offer a child many chances to be introduced to new things and topics that will broaden their view of themselves and the world in which they live.   

What is theme-based learning?

My Big Little Adventure is designed to help parents and caregivers by organizing books and activities around a different theme every few months, giving young children the chance to be introduced to or dig deeper into various topics that can be explored at home, with friends in the neighborhood, and even around town.   

Informal, family- and community-based learning is powerful.  This kind of learning experience — the act of taking a theme and experiencing it in so many ways in the everyday environment — when offered to very young children, sets them up with life-long habits that will benefit them in school and beyond.  The power of theme-based learning is three-fold:

  • Fosters Curiosity

    Moving through the world being invited to notice, wonder, explore, and imagine teaches young children to always be looking, listening and taking an interest in things that catch their attention.

  • Builds Interest

    From that seed of curiosity comes the invitation to try, work together and figure things out, practicing and working the muscles that develop into wanting to know more and being willing to put in the effort to do so.

  • Motivation to Learn

    Ultimately, this curiosity that leads to interest, and a means for pursuing interests, sets young children up with the habits and foundational skills (namely the internal motivation to learn) that are necessary for success in school.

Explore Our Themes

Theme

Change

Does it sometimes feel like everything is always changing?  It’s a fact: change is all around us and within us.  Change happens.  And at the same time, some things stay exactly the same.  Through this theme of CHANGE, you can check out lots of things in your world that change, and maybe even a few that don’t.
Learn More

Theme

Make

Things are what you make of them, right? Whether you are making something functional, making up your mind, making friends, or trying to make the world a better place, the act of making is one fueled by curiosity, imagination and creativity. Even little people have big ideas, so this theme of MAKE will provide the sparks for getting those wheels turning.
Learn More

Theme

World

Do you ever wonder what’s beyond your backyard, or outside the city limits? It’s a wide, wide world.  There is so much that makes every continent, every country, every state, every city, every neighborhood, and even every home, unique.  The WORLD theme offers a way to take a worldly adventure, without ever hopping on a plane.
Learn More

Theme

View

Is there a different way to look at things? From a different angle or from another perspective? Sometimes we are so set in our ways that it is hard to see things from another person’s point of view, or to get a fresh take on a lingering problem. Our experiences, our personalities, our interests and so many other things influence our point of view. The theme of VIEW gives you a new way to look at what’s happening in and around you.
Learn More