Preschool

Preschool Curriculum

Each day the children will participate in a variety of thematic activities in the classroom. Curriculum in each area will be integrated with the theme, including:

Religion

  • Recognize that God created families to love and care for each other.
  • Recognize that plants, animals and human beings are God's creations.
  • Listen and act out Old and New Testament Bible stories.
  • Learn through service projects, stories and daily classroom situations that Jesus teaches us to love and serve one another.
  • Learn about various lives of saints.
  • Learn about Vocations: married life, single life and holy orders.
  • Understand there are different methods of prayer.
  • Act out the Holy Triduum, Stations of the Cross and the Nativity.
  • Learn about the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes and Virtues.

Math

  • Numerals 1-30.
  • Count objects to 30.
  • One-to-one corresponding of objects.
  • Sorting by various attributes: size, color, shape.
  • Paterns: AB, AABB, ABC.
  • Sizes: small, medium, large.
  • Basic shapes.
  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
  • More, less, same.
  • Time: day and night.
  • Money: explore through manipulatives, visuals and pretend play.
  • Geometric solids: explore through manipulatives and visuals.
  • Sequential order.

Literacy

  • Exposure to the alphabet: letters, names and sounds.
  • Recognize, spell and write first name.
  • Re-tell familiar stories.
  • Concepts of print: left to right directions, holding a book correctly.
  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences.
  • Sequencing stories: beginning, middle and end.
  • Answer questions about stories: main character, setting, etc.
  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays.
  • Build new vocabulary.
  • Exposure to sight words through manipulatives and visuals.
  • Build listening skills.
  • Strengthen visual discrimination.

Science

  • Explore science tools: magnets, magnifying glasses, etc.
  • Experience the world through nature walks.
  • Observe insect life outdoors.
  • Learn the life cycle of frogs, butterflies, birds and spiders.
  • Observe weather and plant life during each season.
  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing.
  • Explore the world with the five senses.
  • Investigate animals, their habitats, and the food that they eat.
  • Observe and explore different animals in our classroom.

Social Studies

  • Listen to different types of ethnic music.
  • Use different musical instruments from different countries.
  • Read stories about children from other countries.
  • Explore the world through visuals: globe, books, toys, etc.
  • Celebrate multicultural holidays: Lunar New Year, Cinco de Mayo, etc.
  • Taste a variety of ethnic foods.
  • Explore through dance.
  • Learn about Native American Indians: books, music, pictures, Native American drum and flute, clothes, jewelry and toys.

Creative Arts

  • Explore a variety of art processes: painting, collage, drawing, playdough.
  • Use a variety of art materials: crayons, markers, watercolor, tempera paint, colored pencils, oil pastels, chalk art, glue.
  • Experiment with mixing different paint colors.
  • Experience art by using different methods/objects: finger paint, marble paint, various sizes of paint brushes, etc.
  • Explore how to draw ourselves.
  • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum.
  • Participate in movement songs and dances.
  • Use a variety of children's instruments.
  • Act out movements and sounds of music.
  • Dramatize familiar stories.
  • Participate in dramatic play.

Fine/Gross Motor Skills

  • Develop fine motor skills: scissors, coloring, playdough, Legos, etc.
  • Hold a pencil, marker and crayon correctly.
  • Build hand-eye coordination.
  • Develop gross motor skills: outside play, climbing, digging, tricycles, etc.
  • Planned outside activities, running, skipping, hopping.
  • Playing ball: catching, throwing and rolling.