Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Highlights

The Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum encourages play as an essential part of the learning process.  The children explore a wide variety of materials and participate in many activities that develop physical, language, social-emotional, and cognitive skills.  Religion (love) is the foundation of all that we do: in the way we interact with the students and expect them to interact with others.

  • Learning about themselves, their families, and friends
  • Recognizing the alphabet by tracing, writing, associating objects that begin with each letter
  • Pre-Reading (phonemic awareness – beginning sounds, understanding directionality, rhyming words, vocabulary, noticing details, spelling three-letter words)
  • Math (recognition of numbers, rote counting, counting objects, tracing/writing numbers, more, same, equal or less, adding and subtracting numbers less than five)
  • Shapes (recognition, sorting, classifying, and matching)
  • Color (recognition, sorting, classifying and matching)
  • Fine Motor (hand/eye coordination, stringing beads, lacing, building blocks, play dough, and puzzles)
  • Science (including seasons, weather, sand, water, playdough, growth and changes, five senses, animal hibernation, and animals in winter)
  • Scissor Skills (cutting shapes, proper positon for holding scissors, and proper direction for cutting)
  • Gross Motor (running, jumping, hopping and climbing)
  • Art (focusing on a variety of skills learned in the class)
  • Social Skills (listening, following directions, sharing, playing cooperatively, taking turns, waiting short periods of time, saying kind words, using inside voice, solving problems, respecting others, working independently, and making responsible choices)

Learning is extended beyond the classroom through field trips.  Some places include: fire station, pumpkin patch, theater, National Museum of Dentistry, National Air & Space Museum, and the National Zoo.

Music and Movement

Music and Movement in Pre-K is a combination of the music and physical education standards set by the Archdiocese of Washington.  The overall emphasis is two-fold: “Personal Improvement” and “Working Together”.

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Cross lateral movement
  • Large motor skills (skipping, kicking, running, etc.)
  • Fine motor skills (holding, catching, pinching, grasping, picking up)
  • Balance and coordination, including yoga
  • Basic tumbling and rolling
  • Introduction to the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, floor hockey, frisbee, kickball
  • Introduction to individual play with hula hoops, scooters
  • Rhythm, beat, tempo, pitch, and tone
  • Celebrating seasons and holidays through music
  • Telling stories with music, and discussing how music is used every day