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Ms. Dean's Amazing Pre-K Class!

Children in the Pre-K program at my school explore these concepts but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. What is learned in Pre-K is considered a “bonus”. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples.

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


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


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

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