Pre-K Curriculum

Along with the daily emphasis on social and emotional development as stated in Curriculum Overview on the 'About Us' page, the Pre-K curriculum introduces a higher level of academics, writing, listening and speaking skills to develop Kindergarten readiness.  The fundamental elements of the curriculum include:

Math Readiness
- achieved through counting and grouping objects, becoming familiar with an abacus, viewing and using number charts, Estimation Jar activities, songs focusing on math concepts, games and 5 and 10 frame activities

  • counting sequentially, with one to one correspondence
  • creating and extending patterns
  • number identification, 0 - 12, with an exposure to numbers up to 100
  • estimation/prediction
  • increased awareness of number values and number groups
  • skip counting - by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s 

Reading Readiness - exposure to a vast array of books, repeated readings of books to increase vocabulary, comprehension, expressive language and an understanding of the characters and settings, Letters of Study, song books emphasizing the letters/words of the song being sung, individual white board activities, journals, nursery rhymes, classroom Word Wall, reading response, creating class books with text and pictures

  • name cards written without all capital letters - introduced in September
  • name recognition of self, classmates and teachers
  • letter recognition  - upper and lower case
  • letter sounds
  • sign language  - letters and basic words
  • rhyming
  • comprehension & recall
  • becoming familiar with sentences and punctuation (.,?!)
  • syllables
  • basic word recognition
  • introduction to sight words (high frequency words)  

Language/Communication Skills
- games, learning and reciting nursery rhymes, show and tell, being the Student Teacher for the day, group activities requiring question and response, Question of the Day

  • verbal expression - dictating descriptions of drawings and artwork
  • sharing experiences, ideas and thoughts
  • following directions
  • listening
  • verbally responding/resolving minor problems/conflicts
  • creative thinking - why and how questions
  • speaking in front of the class
  • vocabulary
  • understanding verbal and non-verbal cues 

Writing/Drawing Skills - writing with markers, pencils, drawing with crayons and colored pencils

  • labeling pictures/artwork with words using word cards
  • individual white board activities
  • drawing and writing in journals
  • classroom sign-in sheet - introduced in January


  • weather and seasons
  • nature walks
  • animal classifications
  • increased awareness of measurement, balance and weight
  • sensory discrimination and exploration
  • dinosaurs
  • space
  • birds

Health Awareness

  • introduction to food groups
  • dental health
  • healthy bodies

Music Appreciation – each season the students of the pre-k class receive a CD of the group time songs to enjoy at home

  • listening to instrumental music
  • basic instrument identification by sight and sound
  • playing instruments
  • rhythm activities
  • movement
  • becoming familiar with tempo 

Social and Emotional Development

  • problem solving
  • eye contact
  • expressing and responding - to directions, requests, problems - ie - asking others "What can I do to help you feel better?", and being able to respond to this question
  • manners
  • identification of emotions - self and others
  • increased problem solving skills
  • increased attention span

Motor Skills - small and large

  • writing
  • cutting/gluing
  • drawing
  • coloring
  • painting
  • sign language
  • assembly toys

  • ball play
  • movement and dance
  • outdoor play/sand
  • tumbling mat
  • coordination
  • hand-eye coordination

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