Ms. Hennessy – Pre-K Curriculum

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Children in the Pre-K program explore these concepts on a daily basis through play. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. The curriculum that we will be using is called the Creative Curriculum. This curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards. We will focus on 6 themes throughout the school year (Beginning of the Year, Clothes Study, Balls Study, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Study, Trees Study, and Building Study).  Your child is assessed by observation and work samples using the Teaching Strategies, GOLD. There are Common Core Standards for Pre-K that are addressed in our lessons and center based activities. Below is a basic overview of the concepts that we will be teaching. If you would like to thoroughly review the Common Core Standards for Pre-K, click here


 Numerals 1-10

Counting objects to 10

One-to-one correspondence of objects

 Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size

Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC

 Sizes: small, medium, large

Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle

Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.

Same and Different

More, Less, Same

Time: Day and Night

Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play


 Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds

Recognize, spell, write first name

Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly

Retell familiar stories

Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences

 Answer questions about stories

 Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays

Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up

Build new vocabulary

 Build listening skills

Strengthen visual discrimination


Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.


Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.

 Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations

 Observe insect life

 Observe plant growth

 Observe weather and plant life during each season

Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities

 Identify basic colors and explore color mixing

Make observational drawings and dictation

Explore the world with the five senses

Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat

Creative Arts

Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc.

 Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay

 Experiment with mixing paint colors

Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum

Participate in movement songs and dances

 Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms

Use a variety of children’s instruments

 Participate in dramatic play

Dramatize familiar stories

Act out the movements and sounds of animals

Social Skills

 Practice problem-solving skills in social situations

Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects

Share classroom materials with the group

 Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners

Communicate his/her needs

 Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap pad, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.

State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country

Explore types of work and workers

Explore modes of transportation


 Use computer programs to create picture stories

Use a computer mouse: click, click and drag

Use the Internet to explore kid-friendly websites