Curriculum – Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Objectives

Social emotional
Identify self as a unique member of a group that fits into a larger world picture
Show confidence in a range of abilities and the capacity to take on and accomplish new tasks
Show independence in own choices
Identify own emotions and the emotions of others Express and accurately respond to emotions of self and others
Effectively use sentences and actions to express feelings 
Manage transitions and adapt to changes in schedules, routines, and situations independently Regulate own emotions and behaviors with others with adult support when needed
Independently initiate conflict resolution strategies with peers and seek adult support when necessary
Engage in cooperative play experiences for sustained periods of time
Accept compromises when suggested by a peer or adult

Initiation and Exploration
Take initiative to learn new concepts and try new experiences
Seek and gather new information to plan for projects and activities
Demonstrate eagerness to learn about and discuss new topics, ideas, and tasks
Communicate a desire to learn new concepts or ideas
Exhibit willingness to try new experiences
Use a variety of learning approaches, such as observing, imitating, asking questions, hands-on investigation, and active exploration

Flexible Thinking
Demonstrate inventiveness, imagination, and creativity to solve a problem
Develop recovery skills from setbacks and differences in opinion in a group setting

Attentiveness and Persistence
Independently attend to a book from beginning to end
Focus on an activity with deliberate concentration despite distractions and/or temptations
Carry out tasks, activity, project, or transition, even when frustrated or challenged, with minimal distress
Persist in trying to complete a task after previous attempts have failed

Social Interaction
Interact with peers in complex pretend play, including planning, coordination of roles, and cooperation Demonstrate cooperative behavior in interactions with others
Begin to accept and share leadership

Communication Process
Listen to and follow multi-step directions with adult support
Use complex sentences
Describe activities, experiences, and stories with expanded detail
Answer questions posed by adults or peers
Ask questions for understanding and clarity Make on topic comments
Stay on topic in two way conversation that involves multiple turns
Communicate actively in group activities
Pre-Reading
Recognize and identify most uppercase and some lowercase letters
Recognize own name in print
Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondence
Engage in rhyming games and songs; can complete a familiar rhyme
Identify rhyming words in spoken language
Make rhymes to simple words
Isolate the initial sound in some word
Begin to understand that books are comprised of written words
Respond to and interact with read alouds of literary and informational text
Hold books right side up and turn pages left to right
Answer questions about a story
Retell familiar stories
Create letter like shapes, symbols, letters, and words with modeling and support Copy more complex lines, shapes, and some letters
Create writing with the intent of communicating
Dictate a story that demonstrates simple details and narrative structure Use letters, symbols, and words to share an idea with someone
Use writing to label drawing

Gross Motor
Demonstrates balance and control when walking
Can jump/hop
Shows eye-hand coordination

Fine Motor
Use writing tool correctly
Cuts effectively with scissors
Draws beyond a simple scribble
Create letter like shapes, symbols, letters, and words with modeling and support
Copy more complex lines, shapes, and some letters  Shows ability to manipulate fine motor materials

Math
Count the number sequence 1-20
Count backward from 10
Tells the number of objects counted
Draw pictures, symbols, or use manipulatives to represent spoken number 0-10
Identify, without counting, small quantities of items (1- 4) presented in an irregular or unfamiliar pattern (subitize)  
Match number symbols with amounts 1-10 Name written numerals from 0-10
Write numerals 1-10
Identify when 2 sets are equal using matching and counting strategies
Compare the values of two numbers from 1 to 10 presented as written numerals
Demonstrate the understanding of the concept of before
Use understanding that numbers can be composed and decomposed to create new numbers in solving problems with quantities under five
Begin to create and extend a new simple pattern  
Understand sequence of events when clearly explained 
Explain simple sorting or classifying strategies
Sort a group of objects in multiple ways
Create and describe simple graphs 
Use position terms such as above, below, beside, and between    
Recognizes basic shapes
Differentiate two- and three-dimensional shapes (e.g., squares from cubes)  
Know daily concepts of earlier and later, morning and afternoon  
Directly compare and describe two or more objects with a measurable attribute
Measure length and volume (capacity) using a standard and non standard measurement tool Understand size: small, medium and large

Science
Use senses to describe concepts of weight, motion, and force
Ask questions and draw conclusions about physical properties and the physical world
Use evidence from investigations to describe observable properties of objects
Sort objects into categories based on physical attributes and explain reasoning
Describe how shadows change through the day
Describe typical day and night activities
Classify various earth materials
Describe how the Earth’s surface is made up of different materials
Communicate awareness of seasonal changes
Describe how weather changes
Differentiate animals from plants
Discriminate between living organisms and non-living objects
Ask questions and conduct investigations to understand to increase understanding
Communicate results of an investigation

Social Studies Assimilate family, community, and cultural cooperative play
Build awareness, respect, and acceptance for differences in people and acknowledge connections
Begin to understand how time is measured
Demonstrate the awareness of change over time
Identify leaders and community helpers at home, school, and in environments
Demonstrate an understanding of rules in the home, school environment, and the purposes they serve
Develop concepts and describe location, directionality, and spatial relationships
Become familiar with information about where they live and understand what an address is
Begin to understand the purpose of money and concepts of buying and selling through play
Develop an awareness that people work for money in order to provide for basic needs
Describe community helpers/workers in terms of tools/equipment they use and services/products they provide

Creative Movement
Respond to changes heard in music
Use familiar rhymes, songs, chants, and musical instruments to express creativity
Sing songs that use the voice in a variety of ways      
Respond to rhythmic patterns in music
Participate in classroom experiences with musical instruments and singing to express creativity

Visual Arts
Identify and use colors, lines, and shapes found in the environment and in works of art
Progress in ability to create drawings, models, and other art using a variety of materials Can identify colors

Faith Formation Can make the Sign of the Cross accurately Understanding that God created each of us Understanding that God loves us Understanding that God calls me to share His love with others Can identify the role as Mary as the mother of Jesus and mother of the church