Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

The Program provides an opportunity for a child to:

  1. Develop an awareness of his/her place in God’s world.
  2. Develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the gifts of Creation.
  3. Come to know himself/herself as a child of God lovingly made in His image.
  4. Listen to the parables of the Kingdom of God and begin to wonder at their meaning:
    • Parable of the Mustard Seed Mark 4:30-32
    • Parable of the Pearl of Great Price Matthew 13:45-46
  5. Come to an awareness that Jesus is God and He knows each by name as proclaimed in the Holy Bible.
  6. Understand that the Holy Bible is God’s word to us.
  7. Know that Mary is the Mother of Jesus.
  8. Be introduced to Jesus as a historical figure born in the Land of Israel.

Additionally, the child will begin to celebrate the Christian Mystery:

  1. Be introduced to the liturgical seasons and colors.
  2. Participate in the seasons of Advent, Lent, Ordinary Time, Christmas, and Easter.
  3. Discover that he/she is a member of God’s family, called by name through the gifts received in the Sacrament of Baptism.
  4. Be introduced to the Baptismal gifts of the water, word, light, white garment.
  5. Be introduced to the sacred articles used at Mass: altar, altar cloth, chalice, paten, crucifix, and candles.
  6. Be introduced to the Eucharist as the gift of Himself that Jesus shared at the Last Supper.
  7. Experience the Liturgy as a celebration of God’s family where Jesus calls us to be with Him.

And, the child will:

  1. Demonstrate a Christian response to others through daily opportunities to share, listen, show gratitude, apologize, forgive, cooperate, and be responsible for his/her work.
  2. Become aware of personal boundaries according to the diocesan “Called to Protect” program.

And participate in Christian Prayer:

  1. Understand that prayer is talking to God.
  2. Participate in a variety of prayer forms: spontaneous prayer, silent prayer, songs and sign language, and dance.
  3. Be introduced to the following prayers and gestures: Sign of the Cross, genuflection, Hail Mary, Psalm 23:1.

Key Scripture References

  • Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd
  • Isaiah 9:1 Prophecy of Light
  • Isaiah 9:5-6 Prophecy of the Names
  • Luke 1:26-38 Annunciation
  • Luke 2:1-20 Birth of Christ and Adoration of the Shepherd
  • Matt 12:31-32 The Kingdom and the Mustard Seed
  • Matt 13:45-46 The Kingdom and the Pearl of Great Price
  • John 10:3-5, 10b-11, 14-16 The Good Shepherd
  • Mark 14:12-17, 22-24, 27 The Last Supper
  • Pentecost 2:1-11 Pentecost

Language Arts Content

Auditory Perception

  • Experience opportunities for listening to stories and nursery rhymes.
  • Learn to listen, follow directions, and discriminate between sounds.

Visual Discrimination

  • Be able to recognize colors, shapes, sizes.
  • Begin to understand left-right and top-bottom eye movement.
  • Begin to discriminate letters and objects and will be able to transfer to paper.

Oral Language Development

  • Participate in discussions.
  • Use finger plays, rhymes, and songs to learn rote memorization.
  • Compose and expand simple stories.
  • Speak in clear and complete sentences.

Introduction to Pre-Writing and Writing

  • Use free drawing and painting with a variety of tools.
  • Use manipulatives such as beads, pegs, puzzles, and Legos.
  • Use clay, paste, scissors, pencils, and crayons.
  • Repeat basic strokes l/0.
  • Print first name and last name using manuscript
  • Experience opportunities for tracing, weaving, lacing, etc.

Introduction to Reading

  • Enjoy stories for fun.
  • Retell stories in sequence.
  • Develop an interest in the printed word through labeling and names.
  • Begin to recognize some alphabet letters and sounds.

Other Languages

  • Experience opportunities for exposure to other languages, such as Spanish.
  • Be able to understand/recite parts of the body, days of the week, colors, numbers (count from 1-10), and simple phrases in Spanish.

Math Content

  • Progress toward recognizing 1-30
  • Progress toward counting 1-100
  • Count with one to one correspondence from 1-20
  • Complete and build patterns – ABAB, AABB, AAB, etc.
  • Sort and classify based on various characteristics
  • Work with concepts of how many, more/less, most/least, etc
  • Introduce and explore simple addition and subtraction using pictures and objects >