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Preschool Curriculum Guidelines

Topics for preschool shall be integrated through a unit/thematic format.  The curriculum shall include integrated religion, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art and physical activities as well as activities to develop social/emotional competencies.  To best integrate these areas, emphasis will be placed on the following:

Religion

  • Develop an understanding, appreciation and respect for all of God’s creations through stories and Bible readings 

  • Demonstrate a Christian response to others through daily opportunities to share, listen, show gratitude, apologize, forgive, cooperate, and be responsible for his/her work.

Language Arts 

  • Experience opportunities for listening to stories and nursery rhymes.

  • Learn to listen to and follow directions

  • Begin to understand left-right and top-bottom eye movement.

  • Learn various thematic/seasonal finger plays, rhymes, and songs.

  • Dictate simple stories.

  • Retell stories.

  • Speak in clear and complete sentences.

  • Use clay, paste, scissors, pencils, and crayons.

  • Repeat basic strokes l/0.

  • Identify primary colors and their names.

  • Print first name in upper case letters.

  • Begin to recognize some alphabet letters and sounds.

Mathematics

  • Recognize numbers 1-5.

  • Count objects 1-5

  • Rote count 1-10.

  • Be exposed to the concepts of few-many, more-less and how many.

  • Be exposed to the concept of time (calendar, clocks, sequence) and the concept of yesterday, today, tomorrow, last night, etc.

  • Be exposed to measurement (heavy/light; bigger/smaller; more/less, etc.).

  • Begin to sort by attributes: size, color, and shape.

  • Be exposed to shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle).

  • Be exposed to positions (over-under, before-after, up-down, etc.).

Science

  • Weather and seasonal changes

  • Sun, moon, stars, night, day

  • Seeds and plants

  • Animals: living and prehistoric

  • Non-living things: rocks, shells, water, sand, and soil

  • Care of the environment

  • The five senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, and feeling

Social Studies

  • Develop a sense of personal and social responsibility.

  • Learn manners (say please and thank you, greet others appropriately).

  • Learn that his/her actions have consequences.

  • Observe and respect different cultures and traditions.

  • Become aware of the need to take care of the environment.

  • Be exposed to national and cultural holidays and the people and places they represent.

  • Cooperate as a member working in the community.

  • Learn that there are helpers in the community (police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, etc).

Art

  • Value his/her own artistic expression encouraging creativity.

  • Learn the basic skills of coloring, cutting, gluing, and painting.

  • Appreciate the work of others.

Music 

  • Develop a happy, positive attitude toward music.

  • Establish good listening habits.

  • Move to music through participation in singing, games, folk dances, and free and directed rhythmic responses, such as clapping, marching, skipping, swaying, etc.

Physical Education

  • gain physical and social skills essential to live an active life

  • develop and value their physical fitness and

  • exhibit positive character traits during physical activity.