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Curriculum

The learning and behavioral objectives for children enrolled at All Saints Catholic Preschool is stated below. It is realized that each child develops at his/her own rate as well as having different learning styles. Each child is a unique individual and will be treated in that manner. These guidelines serve as a sequential guide for developmentally age appropriate learning. It is not intended that each child attain the area of concentration, but that each child has been exposed to the learning and behavioral objectives. The staff of All Saints Catholic Preschool respects the right of each child in learning when he/she is ready.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THREE/FOUR YEAR OLDS

Cognitive Skills

  • Exposure to numbers 1 through 10
  • Exposure to eight basic colors: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black and white
  • Exposure to four shapes: circle, square, rectangle, and triangle

Language Development

  • Putting words together to form simple sentences
  • Following simple directions (one step)
  • Using words to describe feelings
  • Using words to problem solve
Pre-Reading
  • Recognizing their name in written form
  • Introduced to opposites
  • Counting from 1 to 10
Small Motor Skills
  • Learning to hold and use scissors correctly
  • Learning to hold pencils/crayons/markers in the correct position
  • Doing puzzles (6–10 pieces)
  • Stringing Beads or small objects
Large Motor Skills
  • Hop on two feet
  • Run
  • Bounce a ball
  • Throw a ball
  • Walk up and down stairs alternating feet

 Self Help Skills

  • Learning to dress self including putting on shoes
  • Learning to pick up after self (after activities and projects)
  • Hanging up coat and backpack
  • Learning to use the bathroom properly/washing and drying hands

 Social/Emotional Skills

  • Learning to explore all activities
  • Learning to make choices
  • Show and express feelings
  • Using words to express what he/she needs or wants
  • Learning to share
  • Learning to participate in group activities
  • Learns to resolve conflicts using words

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THE FOUR/FIVE YEAR OLDS
Cognitive Skills                                                        
  • Exposure to all shapes                                                
  • Exposure to all colors                                                 
  • Exposure to numbers 1 through 25                            

Language Development                                           

  • Putting words together to form sentences                 
  • Learn to speak in five to seven word sentences        
  • Following simple three to five step directions           
  • Using words (adjectives) to describe feelings
  • Using words to problem solve                             

Pre-Reading Skills

  • Exposure to all the alphabet letters, upper and lower case
  • Learning sounds of letters
  • Printing of name
  • Recognition of first and last name in written form
  • Exposure to simple sequencing of events
  • Understanding opposites
  • Learning to rhyme words

Small Motor Skills

  • Correct hold and usage of crayons/pencils
  • Correct hold and usage of scissors, being able to turn the paper
  • Stringing beads or small objects
  • Doing puzzles (8 - 15 pieces)

Large Motor Skills                                                   

  • Balancing on one foot
  • Hopping on one foot
  • Throwing and catching a ball 
  • Kick a ball                                                                  
  • Walking a straight line                                               
  • Climbing stairs using alternating feet                        
  • Attempt to skip                                                          
  • Jump getting both feet off the ground                                     

Social/Emotional Skills

  • Explore all classroom activities
  • Being able to approach new experiences willingly
  • Being able to show/express feelings
  • Use words to express needs/wants
  • Learning to share
  • Enter into play with two or more children
  • Enter comfortably into group activities
  • Learn to make own choices
  • Problem solve with words

 Self Help Skills

  • Learn to zip, buckle and snap
  • Cleaning up after self  (after projects/activities)
  • Hanging up coat and backpack
  • Using the bathroom properly/washing hands

 

The following activities will serve as a resource in developing weekly lesson plans for the children who are enrolled in All Saints Catholic Preschool. Activities provided will allow the children to work and play according to their developmental needs.

Each child will be given opportunities to use their skills of imagination, language, problem solving, creativity, motor skills, and laughter to learn in warm, nurturing Catholic Christian environment.

As indicated on the daily schedule, quiet and active activities will be available for the children throughout their class session. Children will be involved in individual, small, and large group learning.

Each area listed below will include possible activities to enhance the child’s learning environment and the developmental goals.

CREATIVE ART

 
Possible Activities:                              ~ easel painting

                                                            ~ free experiencing of media

                                                          (printing, collages, stamping, etc.)

                                                            ~ play dough

 

Developmental Goals:                         Opportunities for free expression using various media.

                                                            Exploring the environment through the use of colors, shapes and textures.

                                                            Encourage the “process” of the activity.

 

 

BUILDING BLOCK /CONSTRUCTION

 
Possible Activities:                              ~ free exploration of large blocks (within block area

                                                               add transportation vehicles, animals, wooden people figures}

~ free exploration of small blocks and manipulatives

 

Developmental Goals:                         Encourage development of small and large muscles, self-expression

                                                            in creating structures, and group social skills of cooperation,

                                                            sharing and “using words”.

 

 

 

DRAMATIC PLAY

 
Possible Activities:                              ~ create a child-size home environment

                                                            ~ create role–playing environments

                                                            (post office, dr. office, flower shop, etc.)

 

Developmental Goals:                         To encourage PLAY and the opportunity to pretend.

                                                            Use skills of cooperation, language, and kindness in sharing ideas

                                                            of role-playing with others.

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ incorporate the five senses in exploring nature

                                                            ~ concept development (sink and float, etc.)

 

Developmental Goals:                         Use skills of observation, manipulation, explorationand problem solving. Learn through discovery about the work.

 

 

LISTENING
 
Possible Activities:                              ~ listening to adult read a story

                                                            ~ listening to a recorded story on tape

                                                            ~ creative drama - act out familiar stories

 

Developmental Goals:                         To develop good listening skills, exposure to children’s literature, and                                                                     opportunity retell stories in own words. Encourage cooperation.

 

 

LANGUAGE

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ group games introducing children verbally to

                                                               colors, shapes, positional words, and general vocabulary

                                                            ~ children share verbally about pictures in a wordless picture book

                                                            ~ dictated language-experience stories

 

 

Developmental Goals:                         To become familiar with words, classify similar objects by name,

                                                            use words to form sentences, share ideas verbally with one another.

 

SENSORY

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ water table (measuring, pouring, etc.)

                                                            ~ dry materials (cornmeal, rice, sand, etc.)

 

Developmental Goals:                         To stimulate the senses of touch, sight, smell

                                                            and sound in exploring different types of materials.

 

MUSIC

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ singing songs and finger plays

                                                            ~ listening to recorded music

                                                            ~ playing musical instruments

 

Developmental Goals:                         To encourage sensitivity to sounds in the environment, pitch,

                                                            melody, rhythm, and tone.

                                               

 

 

PRE-MATH

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ number/numeral “hands on” activities

                                                               (peg boards, puzzles, Legos)

                                                            ~ patterning using shapes, colors, etc.

                                                            ~ visual perception activities (lotto)

 

Developmental Goals:                         Introduce number recognition, one to one correspondence, visual discrimination using sizes, shapes and colors.

                                                            Develop eye-hand coordination.

 

 

PRE-READING

 

Possible Activities:                              ~ games introducing letters

                                                            ~ rebus chart activities

                                                            ~ left to right activities

                                                            ~ sequencing

 

Developmental Goals:                         Introduce letters, sequence of events, classifying

                                                            objects, problem solving. Encourage the enjoyment of looking at

                                                            reading books.

 

 

MOTOR SKILLS

 

Possible activities:                               ~ small muscle (play dough, easel paint)

                                                            ~ large muscle (running, jumping, ball bouncing)

~ non-competitive group games

 

Developmental Goals:                         To encourage the development of small and large muscles.

                                                            Develop the social skills of cooperation, taking turns,

                                                            and the skill of good listening.