4 Year Old Pre Kindergarten Curriculum Overview 

St. John’s Pre Kindergarten is concerned with the development of the whole child; spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual.  An awareness of developmentally appropriate practices for four year olds as prescribed by the National  Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guides the curriculum.  The curriculum is taught using a theme approach.  Some of the themes are dinosaurs, birds, community helpers, transportation, etc.  Learning takes place in many different areas; blocks, dramatic play, sensory table, art, book area, puzzle area and the writing area. Children also learn in a variety of groupings including large groups, small groups and with individual attention.
The Pre Kindergarten classes have music and library twice a week, and gym 3 times a week.  On Wednesday they go to chapel.  There is a computer in the room that may be used on a daily basis. Below is a general listing of areas covered in the curriculum.

RELIGION

God is our friend.  He loves us.  We can respond to God’s love by praying and showing God’s love to each other. A variety of Bible stories are presented.

MATH

Math lessons are based on the Saxon Pre Kindergarten series.  Stressed in this math program is number recognition, counting, money, patterning, graphing, calendar, sorting, math vocabulary and free exploration of math materials. 

MUSIC

Children attend music class twice a week.  Music covered in the classroom include songs, rhythm instruments, movement and music enjoyment.

ART

A variety of materials are offered on a daily basis; including easel painting, collages of various materials, watercolors, and finger-painting.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Stories: a variety of literature is introduced including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

Writing: name writing, uppercase letters, journal writing, dictation and copying words from their dictation.

Letters: A letter is introduced each week.  The letter reflects the activities of the classroom, ex. During Thanksgiving week the letter is T.

Listening and Speaking: Show and Tell, reading their own stories to the classroom, group discussion, following oral directions, taking turns at circle time.

SOCIAL GROWTH

Children are encouraged to develop their social skills, share, and communicate their feelings and wants.   They are encouraged to begin to develop empathy.  Self help skills such as dressing and cleaning up after oneself are also stressed

SCIENCE

The children are encouraged to develop their  sense of wonder and to make observations and predictions while exploring different materials

FINE MOTOR

Fine motor skills are developed with the use of scissors, puzzles and other manipulatives.

LARGE MOTOR

Large motor skills are developed with classroom games and movement activities, recess and gym activities including ball skills, parachute, bean bag activities, scooters and group games.