A Guide to Teaching Practices


Victoria Waters, Tracey West, Chih-Ing Lim, Pip Campbell, & Sarah Pedonti

Publication Date:

revised 9/29/2023

Teaching strategies are practices used by adults (e.g., family members, practitioners) or, in some instances, by other children to help facilitate children’s participation in everyday routines, learning experiences, and activities. Using these strategies engages children in activities, maintains their interest, and provides opportunities for them to learn concepts and thinking skills that support STEM learning when using adaptations (see STEMIE’s A Guide to Adaptations resource for more information) is not a sufficient support.


  • Faculty & PD providers
  • Families
  • Practitioners

Developmental stage: 

  • Birth-5


  • Center/Preschool
  • Home

Resource Type: 

  • Guides


  • Accommodations (adaptations, supports)

Level of Intended Impact: 

  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Knowledge application


  • English
  • Spanish

Developer / Author: 


Routines and Everyday Activities: 

  • Bedtime & Nap
  • Caregiver activities (laundry, dishes, cleaning)
  • Group activities (circle time, tabletop activity)
  • Mealtime
  • Outings (travel time, medical & health visits)
  • Personal care (diapering/toileting, toothbrushing, bathing)
  • Playtime (indoors & outdoors)
  • Storytime
  • Transitions