Curriculum

Beginning School Classroom

Three-Year-Old Program

Language Arts

Reading

  • Introduction to letters and sounds–multi-sensory approach
  • Literature appreciation–teacher introduction of reading materials
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Development of listening skills

English/Speech

  • Development of listening skills
  • Introduction to nursery rhymes, poetry, finger plays
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Encouragement of good speech habits
  • Encouragement of using complete sentences
  • Introduction to speaking before a group–programs, show and tell, etc.
Writing
  • Introduction to writing instruments–correct grip
  • Air writing to integrate formation, sound of letters
  • Development of letter formation using finger, hand control
  • Introduction to writing of first names
  • Introduction of straight and curved lines using a crayon

Library

  • Introduction to care of books
  • Introduction to front/back of books
  • Introduction to turning pages
  • Introduction to left-to-right orientation of print
  • Introduction of illustrations as reading cues
  • Literature appreciation–listening to teacher read books and stories
  • Development of listening skills

Mathematics

  • Counting to 50
  • Classification, sorting
  • Identification of basic shapes
  • One-to-one correspondence to ten
  • Recognizing and creating patterns
  • Number relationships–comparing
  • Math manipulatives
  • Reading numbers to 20
  • Introduction to the calendar–days of the week, months
  • Introduction to graphing
  • Measurement–length, weight using non-standard units of measurement
  • Directional concepts
  • Numeration–order and sequence
  • Size–small, medium, large

Science

  • Introduction to
    • gardening–planting
    • seeds, bulbs, plants
  • Introduction to the five senses
  • Introduction to the four seasons
  • Concept of living/nonliving
  • Introduction to animals–their habits and features
  • Introduction to birds
  • Introduction to reptiles
  • Introduction to insects

Social Studies

  • Community helpers
  • Introduction to communities: school, city, and state
  • Introduction to holidays and celebrations
  • Presidents–Washington and Lincoln
  • Introduction to famous historical figures–Columbus, Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Introduction to geography
  • Special research topics developed by teachers

Physical Education and Health

  • Movement exploration
  • Following auditory instructions
  • Introduction to cooperative play
  • Development of large muscle skills–balance beam, hopping, galloping, jumping
  • Simple group games
  • Introduction to yoga
  • Learning to take turns
  • Major body parts
  • Introduction to nutrition
  • Introduction to healthy habits

Music

  • Introduction to singing skills–rhythm, pitch
  • Creative movement to music
  • Singing games
  • Rhythm band
  • Introduction to instruments of the orchestra
  • Introduction to music appreciation
  • Children's song/songs for the holidays
  • Introduction to simple dance
  • Annual class performances on stage

Art

  • Creative drawing, painting from imagination
  • Introduction to various mediums–clay, paint, cut paper
  • Teacher-directed art activities to develop listening skills, following directions
  • Introduction to scissors, paint brushes, art tools
  • Collage–use of mixed media
  • Art activities to reinforce letter sounds–alphabet book

Spanish

  • Introduction to basic vocabulary
    • Clothing
    • Weather
    • Feelings
    • Zoo animals
    • Parts of the body
    • Members of the family
    • Colors
  • Calendar–days of the week
  • Introduction to greetings
  • Development of listening skills
  • Songs, games, manipulatives to reinforce vocabulary
  • Introduction to counting to ten in Spanish

Four-Year-Old Program

Language Arts

Reading

  • Identification and blending of letters and sounds
  • Formal reading according to readiness and ability
  • Comprehension
  • Phonetic introduction to reading using multi-sensory approach
    • Initial, ending sounds
    • Rhyming sounds and words
    • Word families
    • Sight words
    • Short and long vowels
    • Literature enrichment

Writing

  • Introduction to writing of first and last names
  • Introduction to letter formation with a pencil, with and without a grip
  • Air writing to integrate formation and sound of letters
  • Writing simple sentences–statements, questions, exclamations
  • Introduction to basic punctuation–period, question mark, exclamation mark
  • Writing numbers

English/Speech

  • Acting out rhymes and stories
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Memorization of simple verse
    • Nursery rhymes, poetry, finger plays
  • Development of communication skills and good speech habits
  • Continued development of public speaking skills–programs, show and tell, etc.

Library

  • Development of book skills
  • Development of left-to-right orientation of print
  • Awareness of author, illustrator
  • Continued reinforcement of illustrations as reading cues
  • Literature appreciation–listening to teacher read books, stories, poetry
  • Development of listening skills

Mathematics

  • Counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens
  • Classification and sorting
  • One-to-one correspondence to 20
  • Patterning and sequencing
  • Math manipulatives–geo-boards, pattern blocks, etc.
  • Number relationships–comparisons
  • Introduction to problem solving
  • Reading numbers to 100
  • Continued calendar work–days, weeks, months, seasons
  • Introduction to money–pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters
  • Measurement–length, width, height
  • Introduction to deductive reasoning
  • Basic addition, subtraction
  • Tangrams
  • Attribute blocks
  • Time to hour/half hour
  • Continued graphing skills
  • Continued color and shape recognition–geometric shapes
  • Using a recipe
  • Writing numbers to 30

Science

  • Gardening–planting seeds, bulbs, plants
  • Parts of plants, trees, flowers
  • The four seasons
  • The five senses
  • Development of awareness of the characteristics of:
    • Animals
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Insects
  • Animal habits and animal families
  • The desert
  • Introduction to the human body
  • Science experiments as appropriate with topics listed
  • Basic introduction to maps, globes
  • Introduction to research
  • Magnet exploration

Social Studies

  • Holidays and celebrations–Nevada Day
  • The child's world–communities: school, city, and state
  • Community helpers
  • Presidents–Washington and Lincoln
  • Basic introduction to our state and country
  • Development of basic understanding of geography/geographical areas
  • Appreciation of different cultures
  • Special research topics developed by teachers

Physical Education and Health

  • Movement exploration
  • Following auditory instructions
  • Introduction to organized games and relays–teamwork
  • Introduction to good sportsmanship
  • Development of large muscle skills–hopping, skipping, jumping
  • Development of ball-handling skills
  • Balance beam–walking forward and backward
  • Continued yoga skills and body control
  • Major body parts
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy habits

Music

  • Introduction to singing skills–rhythm, pitch
  • Creative movement to music
  • Singing games
  • Rhythm band
  • Introduction to instruments of the orchestra
  • Introduction to music appreciation
  • Children's song/songs for the holidays
  • Introduction to simple dance
  • Annual class performances on stage

Art

  • Creative drawing, painting from imagination
  • Continued introduction to various mediums–clay, paint, tissue paper, cut paper, etc.
  • Teacher-directed art activities to develop listening skills and following directions
  • Continued introduction to art tools–smaller brushes, design scissors, foam, collage materials
  • Multi-step art projects
  • Nursery rhyme books

Spanish

  • Basic vocabulary
  • Greetings
  • Development of listening skills
  • Colors
  • Counting to ten in Spanish
  • Members of the family
  • Rooms of the house
  • Shapes
  • Calendar–days of the week, months of the year
  • Clothing
  • Parts of the body
  • Weather
  • Feelings
  • Food
  • Zoo animals
  • Songs, games, and manipulatives to reinforce vocabulary

Young-Five Program

The Young-Five curriculum includes all of the regular four-year-old areas in addition to the following:

Language Arts

  • Introduction to creative writing
  • Poetry memorization/recitation
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Acting out stories
  • Synonyms/antonyms
  • Writing across the curriculum

Mathematics

  • Fractional parts–1/2, 1/3, 1/4
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Money–pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars
  • Introduce time to the fifteen minutes
  • Numeral recognition to 100
  • Counting by fives and tens
  • Introduction to counting by twos
  • Math board games
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Create and interpret graphs

Science

  • Integrated writing with science
  • Introduction to scientific method
  • Hands-on experiments

Social Studies

  • Integrated writing with social studies
  • Map skills–continents, oceans
  • Compass rose
  • Map key
  • United States capitals

Physical Education and Health

  • Extension of organized games and movement activities

Music

Same as Three and Four-Year-Old Programs plus:

  • Music appreciation–the masters
  • Integrated writing with music

Art

  • Asking/answering questions in Spanish
  • Vocabulary extension

Spanish

  • Introduction to basic vocabulary
    • Clothing
    • Weather
    • Feelings
    • Zoo animals
    • Parts of the body
    • Members of the family
    • Colors
  • Calendar–days of the week
  • Introduction to greetings
  • Development of listening skills
  • Songs, games, manipulatives to reinforce vocabulary
  • Introduction to counting to ten in Spanish