Preschool Curriculum

Overview of Preschool Curriculum
Personal and Social Development
• Demonstrate awareness of one’s own and others feelings
• Use age-appropriate conflict resolution strategies
• Exhibit curiosity, creativity, self-direction and persistence in learning situations
• Recognize similarities and appreciate differences in people
• Describe themselves using several basic characteristics
• Interact appropriately with peers and familiar adults
• Participate in and exhibit self-control in group situations
• Use words to express feelings or emotions
Language & Literacy
• Formation of vowels (long and short)
• Basic vowel sounds, consonants, blends, words, simple sentences and consonant and vowel blends
• Identify and write all letters of the alphabet
• Tracing and practicing letter formation
Mathematical
• Introduce number concepts
• Introduce formation of numbers 1-20
• Identify positions of objects in sequences (e.g., first, second) up to fifth
• Compare sets of up to at least 10 concrete objects using appropriate language (e.g., none, more than, fewer than, same number of, one more than), and other numbers
• Understand the concepts of whole and half
• Identify U.S. coins by name
• Use objects and drawings to model and solve related addition and subtraction problems to ten
• Identify the attributes of objects as a foundation for sorting and classifying (e.g., a red block, a red truck, and a red ball share the attribute of being red)
• Sort and classify objects by color, shape, size, number, and other properties
• Repeating patterns with simple attributes
• Name, describe, sort and draw simple two-dimensional shapes
• Describe attributes of two-dimensional shapes (e.g., number of sides, number of corners)
• Name and compare three-dimensional shapes
• Identify positions of objects in space, and use appropriate language (e.g., beside, inside, next to, close to, above, below, apart) to describe and compare their relative positions
• Recognize and compare the attributes of length, volume/capacity, weight, area, and time using appropriate language, e.g., longer, taller, shorter, same length, heavier, lighter, same weight; holds more, holds less, holds the same amount
Science
• God’s plan for health, seeds, animals, the seashore, weather and seasons
• Observe and describe the movement and apparent changes of natural objects in the sky, changes in the weather, and changes in the environment due to weather and seasonal changes
• Explore, observe and study characteristics of animals and plants in their everyday environment, including their physical characteristics, body parts, behaviors, and habitats
• Identify physical properties of non-living things and of solid and liquid materials, and changes in objects and materials
• Explore and describe properties of objects such as size, shape, weight, texture, and flexibility
• Identify changes and transformations in objects and materials and the motion of objects

Social Studies
• Identify physical characteristics and personal traits of self
• Identify the members of their family
• Demonstrate knowledge of what people and families need to survive (i.e., food, shelter)
• Demonstrate the ability to develop relationships with others
• Become aware of the uniqueness of others
• Demonstrate the ability to treat friends, classmates and authority figures with respect
• Demonstrate an awareness of rural and urban communities
• Gain knowledge of their role in their school and community
• Identify a variety of workers and services in their school and community
• Identify landforms and use words for location and direction
• Identify events from history
• Demonstrate ways to take care of their environment
Arts
• Visual arts to include drawing, painting, and creating two and three dimensional works of art and is open-ended
• Use of typical art supplies for artwork to include crayons, pencils, finger paints, watercolor paints, moldable dough, construction paper, and sufficient drawing or painting paper
• Engage in music making, performing rhythms, musical sounds and passages with a variety of instruments
• Engage in dramatic play and drama to unleash the child’s imagination, with the focus being on the child’s creative engagement in the drama, not their performance
• Use dance to communicate feelings
Physical Education and Health
• Travel in a variety of directions using basic locomotor skills, and demonstrate understanding of personal and general space
• Demonstrate balance
• Recognize the positive feelings experienced during and after physical activity
• Apply safe practices, rules, and procedures
• Develop self-management skills and personal hygiene skills to promote healthy habits
• Identify ways to be safe while at play
• Use a variety of materials that promote eye-hand coordination and small-muscle development
• Demonstrate spatial awareness in both fine and gross motor activities
• Choose nutritious meals and snacks
• Practice basic hygiene and self-help skills