Curriculum - Pre-School and Pre-K
Pre-School: 3 to 4 years
Pre-K: 4 to 5 years

  1. Social Development

    1. To experience an sense of self-esteem
      • identify themselves as a member of a specific family and cultural group
      • feel proud of their heritage and background
      • demonstrate confidence in their growing abilities
      • demonstrate increasing independence
      • stand up for their rights

    2. To exhibit a positive attitude toward life
      • demonstrate trust in adults
      • be able to separate from parents
      • demonstrate interest and participate in classroom activities
      • participate in routine activities easily

    3. To demonstrate cooperative, pro-social behavior
      • seek out children and adults
      • understand and respect differences
      • accept responsibility for maintaining the classroom environment
      • help others in need
      • respect the rights of others
      • share toys and materials
      • work cooperatively with others on completing a task
      • resolve conflicts constructively

  2. Cognitive Development

    1. To acquire learning and problem-solving skills
      • demonstrate an interest in exploring
      • ask and respond to questions
      • show curiosity and a desire to learn
      • use planning skills
      • observe and make discoveries
      • find more than one solution to a problem
      • apply information and experience to a new context
      • use creativity and imagination
      • persist in tasks

    2. To expand logical thinking skills
      • classify objects by similarities and differences
      • put together objects that belong together
      • recall a sequence of events (e.g., first, second, last)
      • arrange objects in a series (e.g., smallest to largest)
      • recognize patterns and be able to repeat them
      • increase awareness of cause-and-effect relationships

    3. To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of their immediate world
      • demonstrate an awareness of time concepts (e.g. yesterday, today, tomorrow)
      • identify names of objects and events
      • make comparisons (e.g., more/less, larger/smaller, taller/shorter)
      • use words to describe the characteristics of objects (e.g., colors, shapes, sizes)
      • identify the roles people play in society
      • identify relationships of objects in space (below, inside, under)
      • count in correct sequence and match one-to-one

    4. To demonstrate skills in make-believe play
      • assume a pretend role
      • make-believe with objects
      • make-believe about situations
      • sustain play
      • interact with other children

    5. To expand verbal communications skills
      • recall words in a song or fingerplay
      • follow simple directions
      • use words to explain ideas and feelings
      • talk with other children during daily activities
      • make up stories
      • participate in group discussions

    6. To develop beginning reading skills
      • acquire a like for books
      • listen to a story and explain what happened
      • demonstrate knowledge of how to use books
      • recognize pictures and text on a page

    7. To acquire beginning writing skills
      • make increasingly representational drawings
      • imitate recognizable letters and numbers
      • recognize written names
      • label pictures
      • demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose

  3. Physical Development

    1. To enhance gross motor skills
      • use gross motor skills with confidence
      • walk up and down steps independently
      • run with increasing control over direction and speed
      • jump over or from objects without falling
      • use large muscles for balance (e.g., walk on tiptoes, balance on one foot)
      • catch a ball or bean bag
      • throws an object in the intended direction
      • ride and steer a tricycle
      • climb up or down equipment without falling

    2. To enhance and refine fine motor skills
      • coordinate eye and hand movements (e.g., completing puzzles)
      • use small muscles to complete tasks (e.g., building, stringing)
      • use small muscles for self-help skills
      • use writing and drawing tools with increasing control and intention

    3. To use all senses in learning
      • demonstrate skill in discriminating sounds
      • demonstrate visual discrimination skills
      • discriminate by taste and smell
      • discriminate differences in texture