Program Goals (ages 4-5)

When it comes to your child, early childhood development is key. When you put your trust in the early childhood educators at our Plymouth, Maple Grove or Champlin preschool locations, your child will be able to receive just that! Below is what our early childhood development team teaches.

Movement/Physical Development

  1. Relax specific body muscles and/or the whole body, moving from a high activity level to a quiet focused state
  2. Maintain balance while walking forward, backward, and sideways on the balance beam
  3. Move through space using various movements to surmount obstacles by ascending and descending, climbing, rolling, jumping, sliding, crawling, somersaulting, or jumping
  4. Throw or kick an object with increasing accuracy at identified targets of varying heights and distances
  5.  Play catch using a large ball, with a person seated or standing 2.5 feet apart
  6. Ride a tricycle
  7. Maintain momentum on a swing by pumping legs
  8. Play group games such as Duck Duck Goose, Drop the Handkerchief, Kitten Wants a Corner, Musical Chairs, Red Light Green Light, relay races, and tag
  9. Act out a nursery rhyme, poem, or finger play
  10. Point and name parts of the body: ankle, arm, back, body, chest, cheek, ear, elbow, eye, eyebrow, eyelash, face, finger, foot, forehead, hair, hand, heel, hip, knee, leg, lips, mouth, nail, neck, hand, heel, hip, knee, leg, lips, mouth, nail, neck, nose, shoulder, teeth, toe, tongue, waist, and wrist
  11. Show and use spatial words
  12. Point to and use: large-small, wide-narrow, big-little, empty-full, tall-short, heavy-light, long-short, thick-thin
  13. Understand and use adverbs describing words—quickly, slowly, gently, softly, nicely

 

Emotional, Autonomy and Social Skills

1.      Draw a dimensional picture of a person that includes a head with eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, hair, neck, body, arms with hands, legs with feet

2.      Care for personal needs by dressing self independently

3.      Identify, label, and use the following emotions: happy, sad, angry, afraid, frustrated, and confused

4.      Recognize, call by name, and indicate role of school personnel

5.      Ask appropriately for help of an adult

6.      Interrupt a conversation of two people politely

7.      Demonstrate observable listening behaviors

8.      Identify and follow classroom rules

9.      Offer assistance to another child

10. Respect the personal belongings and property of others

11. Take turns using toys and sharing materials

12. Follow the rules for simple childhood games

13. Ignore inappropriate peer behavior

14. Accept consequences of actions

15. Attempt to solve problems or conflicts using words

16. Complete an activity or project in conjunction with another small group

17. Carry on a dialogue or conversation with a child of approximately the same age, initiating comments or responding to a partner’s comments

18. Identify and express physical sensations, mental states, and emotional feelings

19. Express a personal opinion

20. Assume a different role or perspective and express different possibilities, imaginary or realistic

21. Identify outcomes and possible causes

22. Point to, use, and understand nouns related to the home, family, food, clothing, school, town/city, transportation, and stores/services

23. Point to and name parts of the body: ankle, arm, back, body, chest, cheek, chin, ear, elbow, eye, eyebrow, eyelash, face, finger, foot, forehead, hair, hand, heel, hip, knee, leg, lips, mouth, nail, neck, nose, shoulder, teeth, toe, tongue, waist, and wrist

24. Understand increasingly precise verbs related to eating, movement, and the five senses

 

Work Habits

  1. Develop memorization skills
  2. Develop independent work habits
  3. Carry out multi step oral directions that have been accompanied by preliminary demonstration
  4. Choose and use a toy for at least 20 minutes
  5. Organize and plan what is needed to carry out a project
  6. Describe and evaluate ones work, identify and correct errors, refine work, etc
  7. Sequence and describe 3-4 images or phrases
  8. Describe an event that just happened
  9. describe an event that will take place
  10. Give simple, multi step directions
  11. Identify outcomes and possible causes
  12. Point to, understand, and use quantity words: any-some, all-none, more-less, etc
  13. Use the future verb tense
  14. Understand and use complex sentences: because, if as soon as, so that, while, before, etc

 

Oral Language

1.      Understand and use intonation and emphasis to ask a question, express surprise, agreement, displeasure, or urgency

2.      Carry on a dialogue or conversation with a child of approximately the same age, initiating comments or responding to a partner’s comments

3.      Carry on a simple conversation on the telephone

4.      Identify and express physical sensations, mental states, and emotional feelings

5.      Sequence and describe three to five images of events of a single event that has been experienced

6.      Describe an event or task that has already taken place outside the immediate place and time

7.      Describe an event or task that will take place

8.      Give simple, multi-step directions

9.      Express a personal opinion

10. Assume a different role and express different possibilities

11. Identify outcomes and possible causes

12. Name opposites

13. Point to/understand and use precise nouns related to the home, family, food, clothing, school, town, etc.

14. Point to parts of the body and name them

15. Understand increasingly precise verbs related to eating, movement, and the five senses

16. Point to and name a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle

17. Point to and use quantity words

18. Demonstrate understanding of temporal words and use them (today, tomorrow, yesterday, always, never, sometimes, before, after, etc.)

19. Show understand of and use spatial words

20. Use the future verb tense

21. Understand and use complex sentences with clauses introduced by “because, if, as soon as, so that, while, who, after, that, when, verb+ing”

22. Combine simple sentences using but and or

23. Describe oneself, home, and immediate family

24. Point to and use size words

25. After listening to an oral description of a scene, recreate the scene in pictures

26. Give a detailed, sequential explanation of how to do something so that activity can be carried out

27. Understand adverbs, describing words

28. Use adverbs

 

Nursery Rhymes, Finger Plays and Song

  1. Memorize and recite independently a simple nursery rhyme, poem or song
  2. Interpret and act out through pantomime a nursery rhyme, poem, or finger play
  3. Using familiar rhymes, poems, or songs, finish a recitation that has begun with correctly rhyming words
  4. Understand and use intonation and emphasis to ask question, express surprise, agreement, displeasure and urgency
  5. Assume a different role or perspective and express different possibilities, imaginary or realistic

 

Story telling

  1. Attend and listen to picture books with story lines as well as other genres, such as nonfiction
  2. Answer who, what, where when or why questions about a read aloud
  3. Retell a story that has been read aloud including characters, setting, the plot, of that story, the sequence and an ending
  4. Sequence illustrations of 3-5 story events
  5. Read and tell a story based on the illustrations of a book with text that has not been read aloud previously
  6. attend and listen in a story
  7. provide a story ending consistent with other given story events
  8. make up and tell a story
  9. Point to the title of a book, top, middle, or bottom of a page
  10. use cover and illustration cues, to locate those books that pertain to a particular topic
  11. Point to words that begin with the same letter of their first name

 

Literacy, Reading and Writing

  1. Dictate a simple letter, invitation or thank you note
  2. Use a simplified illustrated schedule of activities to indicate which activity preceded and which will follow an activity
  3. Use a simplified, illustrated telephone listing
  4. represent in written form people, objects, events or activities derived from ones personal experience
  5. dictate a description to accompany ones drawing
  6. Follow a simple illustrated recipe
  7. Assemble a simple object or craft following illustrated directions
  8. Represent in written form an actual experience: directions for a recipe/craft/observation
  9. Sing the alphabet song
  10. Read the first names of other classmates
  11. Associate spoken and written language by matching written word labels
  12. Point to words as distinct units
  13. Make beginning efforts to use invented, phonetic spelling to communicate in writing
  14. Segment a spoken sentence into separate distinct words
  15. blend spoken parts of a compound word, saying a whole word
  16. Blend two spoken syllables saying the whole word
  17. Given a sound and a choice of two words
  18. Give the beginning sound of a spoken word
  19. Indicate the number of phonemes heard in a real word
  20. Identify at least 10 letters of the alphabet
  21. Given a word, provide a rhyming word
  22. Give the sounds of at least three letters of the alphabet
  23. Draw and use as motifs: diagonal, zigzag, circle, moon, cross, cane, hook, bowl, bridge, wave, x, star
  24. Hold a writing instrument correctly
  25. Trace and draw independently the outlines of geometric shapes and irregular figures
  26. Write ones first name, using upper and lower letter appropriately
  27. Give a detailed, sequential explanation of how to do something so that the activity can be carried out by another person.

 

Mathematics

  1. Identify a pair of objects or pictures as the same or different, with different pairs increasingly similar varying only in one or more minor detail
  2. Classify by color
  3. Classify by shape
  4. Sort by size or function or conceptual categorizes
  5. Verbally label the single common attribute or characteristic of a group of objects or pictures
  6. Select an object or picture according to a description that includes two properties
  7. Use the criteria along the horizontal and vertical axes of a double entry
  8. Continue a complex, two color pattern of objects represented by a pattern card
  9. Represent in written form an alternating pattern of one property or a two color pattern
  10. Create and verbally describe a pattern of concrete objects Complete puzzles of at least 18 interlocking pieces
  11. Given a collection of assorted shapes, classify and name the circles, rectangles, and triangles
  12. Find examples of circles or rectangles in everyday objects
  13. Divide one item in approximately equal pieces for two people
  14. Compare pairs of objects: length—long, short
  15. Compare pairs of objects: height—tall, short
  16. compare pairs of objects: large, small, thick, thin, wide, narrow
  17. Compare pairs of objects: volume: full vs. empty
  18. Compare pairs of objects: temp: hot and cold
  19. Use an arbitrary tool of measurement to compare the length and height of objects
  20. Use a straight edge to compare the length and height of objects
  21. Seriate at least three items by length, height or size in ascending or descending order
  22. Recite the number sequence 1-50
  23. Compare two groups of no more than six objects/groups and use quantitative vocab
  24. Demonstrate one to one correspondence with concrete objects
  25. Construct a collection of objects so that it has the same number of objects as another group
  26. Count groups of objects with up to six items per group
  27. Given an oral number, create a group with the correct number
  28. Name the quantity/amount for one to six items
  29. Write numerals 1-15
  30. Arrange or write the numbers 1-15 in sequential order
  31. Play a simple game moving ones markers the number of spaces shown on a single die
  32. organize and read quantitative data in simple bar graphs
  33. Compare pairs of numerals 1-15 to determine more or less
  34. Illustrate put together and take away
  35. Label the action of put together as adding and take away as subtraction
  36. Add or subtract problems represented by numerals 1-15
  37. Identify and count up to four pennies
  38. Identify a one dollar bill
  39. Identify a Quarter, Dime and Nickel
  40. Identify the quantity of each
  41. Tell and understand time, clocks and Am., pm.

 

Orientation of Time

  1. Use present, past and future tenses
  2. Sequence chronologically and describe 3-5 events
  3. Name the days of the week in sequence
  4. Identify the days of the weekend
  5. Name the day that was yesterday and the day that will be tomorrow
  6. Name the current month
  7. Name own birthday
  8. Use a monthly calendar to locate and name the current day of the week
  9. Use a monthly calendar to name the current month
  10. Use a monthly calendar to locate date of birth
  11. Use a monthly calendar to name holidays and special events marked by symbols
  12. Use a monthly calendar to identify a horizontal series of seven squares as representing one week
  13. Use a timeline: year long timeline to mark annual events
  14. Use a timeline: century long timeline to mark events across several generations
  15. Sequence images depicting the evolution and completion of a project or undertaking
  16. Sequence and describe photos
  17. Progression of the stages of development in the life of one person (baby, school age, adult, grandma)
  18. Generations within the context of family
  19. Arrange photos and/or drawings of members of ones own family on tree
  20. Match images of contemporary objects with like objects from past
  21. Distinguish objects of the more recent past

 

Orientation of Space

  1. Situate oneself in space or situate objects in relation to one another
  2. Follow or give oral directions
  3. Given directions correlate to a picture which different objects represent different landmarks
  4. Reproduce a design represented on a pattern card
  5. Copy a tower or construction that has been made
  6. Match halves a symmetrical object to make a whole
  7. Color squares on a blank grid to reproduce designs represented on other grids
  8. Continue a linear frieze like pattern of symbols on a grid
  9. Use simple coordinates to locate a point on a grid
  10. Use the shortest route to go from the exterior to the center of a simple maze
  11. Mark the location of specific objects, places, etc
  12. Mark with arrows or other symbols a path that has been taken from one place to another
  13. Identify these geographic features and environments by name in real life photos or drawings: land, water, ocean, lake, river, farm, forest, jungle desert, city
  14. Name the city, state and country in which he or she lives
  15. Identify a map of the US
  16. Identify a map of the US indicating land and ocean areas
  17. Identify a globe by name

 

Scientific Understanding

  1. identify the following organs and their function: heart and lungs
  2. Identify the sense and body part associated with the experience of certain sensations
  3. Identify and describe basic needs: food and drink
  4. Identify and describe basic needs: shelter and protection from temp and weather
  5. Describe key physical characteristics, development, needs and life cycle of human
  6. Sequence photos
  7. Care for, observe, and record observations of an animal, noting key physical characteristics, development, needs and life cycle
  8. Classify images of animals according to habitat or environment in which they generally life
  9. Plant, care for, and record observations of  a plant—noting the parts of the plant, needs, development and life cycle
  10. Describe oneself, home and immediate family
  11. Observe, describe and record some basic properties of water, air, and light, its presence and effects of the physical world
  12. observe, describe and record weather
  13. recycling
  14. resources and energy can be conserved
  15. magnets

 

Music

  1. Assume a different role or perspective and express different possibilities imaginary or realistic
  2. Listen to pairs of sounds that are either identical or slightly different and indicate whether they are the same or different
  3. Identify family members or friends by voice alone
  4. Listen to environmental sounds presented sequentially as a sound story and describe the events in context in which they are occurring
  5. Identify and associate sounds with the objects and instruments that produce them
  6. Identify a selection of music as either vocal or instrumental music
  7. Imitate clapping pattern sequences of at least four claps/patterns that vary in tempo, number, and length of pause between claps
  8. Use musical instruments or other objects to imitate a sequence of three or more sounds
  9. Accompany an adult by either clapping or using rhythm instruments to maintain the beat in a chant, song or other musical piece
  10. Listen to, sing, or perform children’s songs and finger plays individually or with others
  11. Sing a round for two or more groups
  12. Move to music carrying out a sequence of choreographed steps or movements to music

 

Musical Pieces

  1. Georges Bizet: Overture to Carmen
  2. Johannes Brahms; Wiegenlied,  Brahms Lullaby
  3. Claude Debussy; Cakewalk
  4. Victor Herbert; March of the Toys
  5. Aram Khachaturian; Saber Dance
  6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; Ah, Vous dirai-je maman
  7. Jacques Offenbach ; Can Can
  8. Amilcare Ponchielli; Dance of the Hours
  9. Robert Schumann; Traumerei
  10. Johann Strauss Jr; Unter Donner und Blitz
  11. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; The Nutcracker, March, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  12. Heitor Villa-Lobos; Otrenzinho du Caipira

 

Visual Arts

1.      Create sculpture: representational

2.      Examine a work of art by a known artist and create a work in the style of that artist

3.      Work with other children to create a collective work of art such as a large group mural, collage, etc.

4.      Look at and talk about works of art, describing details and story depicted such as objects, people, activities, setting, time of day/year, mood/feeling

5.      Describe one’s own artwork—including materials used and technique

6.      Play games requiring matching of like images

7.      Identify from memory the color of objects from nature when not in view

8.      Demonstrate memory of visual details by playing concentration-type memory games

9.      Staple

10. Cut

11. Sew