Pre-K Preschool Curriculum

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What should Pre-K children learn?

These are typical concepts that Pre-K children explore in school, but should not be required to master 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.

What should Pre-K children learn? Pre-K Curriculum

Pre-K Math Curriculum

  • Matching: objects, symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
  • Same and Different
  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC, and possibly AAB, ABB
  • Identify numerals 1-10 or more
  • Counting objects to 10 or more
  • One-to-one correspondence of objects when counting
  • Sizes: small, medium, large (3 – 5 sizes)
  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle, oval, hexagon, rhombus (diamond)
  • More, Less, Same
  • Time: Day and Night, Sand Timer
  • Weight: Example, what weighs more or less in a balance scale
  • Measuring with non-standard units

Pre-K Literacy Curriculum

  • 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
  • Phonological Awareness: rhyming, syllables, alliteration
  • 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.

Pre-K 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

Pre-K 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

Pre-K 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

For Christian Schools only:

  • 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
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