Pre-K Curriculum

Children in the Pre-K program at my school explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. What is learned in Pre-K is considered a “bonus”. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples.

Math

  • Numerals 1-10
  • Counting objects to 10
  • One-to-one correspondence of objects
  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
  • Sizes: small, medium, large
  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle
  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
  • Same and Different
  • More, Less, Same
  • Time: Day and Night
  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play

Literacy

  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
  • Recognize, spell, write first name
  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
  • Answer questions about stories
  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays
  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
  • Build new vocabulary
  • Build listening skills
  • Strengthen visual discrimination
  • Sequencing
  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

Science

  • Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.
  • Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations
  • Observe insect life
  • Observe plant growth
  • Observe weather and plant life during each season
  • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
  • Make observational drawings and dictation
  • Explore the world with the five senses
  • Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat

Creative Arts

  • Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc.
  • Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay
  • Experiment with mixing paint colors
  • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum
  • Participate in movement songs and dances
  • Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms
  • Use a variety of children’s instruments
  • Participate in dramatic play
  • Dramatize familiar stories
  • Act out the movements and sounds of animals

Social Skills

  • Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
  • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
  • Share classroom materials with the group
  • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
  • Communicate his/her needs
  • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap pad, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.
  • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country
  • Explore types of work and workers
  • Explore modes of transportation
  • Participate in projects to help others in need: Neighbors in Need, Birthright, Operation: Rice Bowl, missions, etc.

Technology

  • Use computer programs to create picture stories
  • Use a computer mouse: click, click and drag
  • Use the Internet to explore kid-friendly websites

Religion

  • Listen to Old and New Testament Bible stories
  • Recognize that plants, animals, and human beings are God’s creations
  • Recognize that God created families to love and take care of one another
  • Learn about God’s love
  • Listen to stories of the life of Jesus
  • Learn Jesus’ teachings to love God and love others