EEC 3 to 4 year old curriculum


*Indicates Kansas Learning Standard

Developmental/Content Area:

I. Physical Health and Development

1. Develops Gross Motor Skills by:

  1. Working with the balance beam
  2. Tumbling
  3. Running an obstacle course
  4. *Balancing on one foot
  5. Hopping on one foot
  6. Running obstacles courses
  7. Kicking a large ball
  8. Participating in a movement program

2. Develops Fine Motor Skills by:

  1. Using scissors independently
  2. *Cutting out simple shapes
  3. Pasting independently
  4. *Drawing and Painting with some detail
  5. *Grasps scissors with thumb on top
  6. *Managing large buttons and zippers
  7. *Holding pencil/crayons between thumb and first two fingers (tripod grasp)

3. Demonstrates Behaviors That Promote Good Health by:

  1. *Eating with fork or spoon
  2. *Transferring food and liquid between containers
  3. *Knowing common safety rules that have been discussed
  4. *Behaving appropriately during emergency evacuation drills
  5. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands after toileting
  6. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands before snacks and meals
  7. *Taking care of toileting needs
  8. Helping to choose a healthy snack to bring to school

Developmental Area:

II. Social-Emotional Development

1. Exhibits Sense of Self by:

  1. *Describing personal attributes
  2. *Working and playing within a peer group
  3. Sharing toys and materials
  4. *Telling first name and last name
  5. Knowing name gender
  6. Gaining independence
  7. Sharing personal experiences with others
  8. Knowing personal information other than own name

2. Develops Positive Social Relationships by:

  1. Listening and following directions
  2. Accepting new experiences
  3. Accepting new people
  4. *Encouraging or praising peers
  5. *Playing with different friends each day
  6. *Expressing interests, acceptance, affection to others
  7. Respecting each other’s feelings and belongings

3. Develops Self Control and Personal Responsibility by:

  1. Following rules and simple directions
  2. Taking turns
  3. Lengthening interest span
  4. Using and improving their good manners
  5. *Adapting behavior to different environments
  6. Verbally expressing basic emotions
  7. *Describes situations which can elicit various emotions (tell a story that is supposed to make the listener sad or happy)

4. Participates in Large and Small Group Activities by:

  1. *Providing individual and choral responses when appropriate (listens to a story and repeats lines or words with the group)
  2. *Remaining quiet while others are speaking
  3. *Choosing a job responsibility for the day in a circle group situation

5. Demonstrates Imagination and Creativity in Play by:

  1. *Engaging in constructive play by manipulating objects or materials for the purpose of constructing or creating something
  2. *Creates and occasionally coordinates play with others (hospital, beauty salon)

Developmental Area:

III. Communication and literacy

1. Uses Language in Many Different Ways by:

  1. *Using simple pronouns (I, me, you, mine, he, she)
  2. *Using 300+ words including some descriptive words
  3. *Talking about actions of others
  4. *Asking ‘who’, ‘why’, and ‘where’ questions
  5. *Asking for desired objects or assistance

2. Observes and Responds to Communication by:

  1. *Understanding commands involving one object or action
  2. *Answering simple questions dealing with familiar objects or events
  3. *Using most parts of speech in short, mostly correct sentences, combining four to five words
  4. *Beginning to apply word endings correctly

3. Demonstrates Early Reading Skills by:

  1. Identifying favorite story
  2. *Recognizing some letters and words in print
  3. *Recognizing matching sounds and rhymes in familiar words or words in songs
  4. *Recognizing sounds that match
  5. *Holding a book and looks at one page at a time
  6. *Looking at pages of a book left to right
  7. *Acting out main events of a familiar story
  8. *Using pictures and illustrations to tell and retell a story

4. Demonstrates Emergent Writing Skills by:

  1. *Demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between spoken words and written language (makes pretend lists, participates in the dictation or oral stories)
  2. *Demonstrating an understanding that letters are combined to make words
  3. *Knowing how print is read (left to right, top to bottom, front to back)
  4. *Writing or drawing separated scribbles, shapes, pictures, to convey story
  5. *Demonstrating an understanding that drawing can represent ideas, stories or events

Developmental/Content Area:

IV. Approaches to Learning

1. Demonstrates Positive Approaches to Learning by:

  1. *Attending to a familiar task with minimal adult prompting
  2. *Using classroom materials purposefully and respectfully
  3. *Returning materials and toys to designated locations
  4. *Managing transitions from one activity to the next

Developmental/Content Area:

V. Science

1. Demonstrates an Understanding of the Process of Scientific Inquiry and Logical Thinking by:

  • *Making observations and communications about basic cause and effect (“Look this tree has big green leaves”)
  • *Trying alternative solutions to problems

2. Demonstrates Knowledge of the Fundamental Concepts, Principal and Interconnections of the Life, Physical, and Space Sciences by:

  1. *Demonstrating an understanding of living things exist in different environments (fish can live in the ocean because they can breathe under water)
  2. *Describing simple life cycles of different living things (plants, animals)

Content Area:

VI. Mathematical Knowledge

1. Demonstrates an Understanding of Number Concepts and Numerical Operations by:

  • *Spontaneously counting for own purposes
  • *Demonstrating understanding of more and less
  • *Demonstrating an understanding that a single object is always “one” regardless of size, shape, and other attributes
  • *Recognizing whole/part concept related to concrete objects
  • *Describing the sequence of daily events (“We will go outside after snack time.”)
  • Recognizing numbers

2. Demonstrates an Understanding of Patterns and Relationships by:

  1. *Recognizing, describing, comparing and naming common objects by one or more attributes
  2. *Describing an object by characteristics it does or does not possess (“This button doesn’t have holes.”)

3. Demonstrates an Understanding of Geometric and Spatial Sense by:

  1. *Using actions and words to indicate position of directionality, order, and position (e.g. up/down, before/after)
  2. *Identifying basic shapes (e.g. blocks) separately or in combination to produce pictures and objects

Developmental/Content Area:

VII. Social Studies

1. Demonstrates an Understanding of Basic Economic Concepts by:

  1. *Trading or exchanging materials or objects with others
  2. *Discriminating between ‘yours’ and ‘mine’’

2. Demonstrates an Understanding of Basic Geographic Concepts by:

  1. *Creating representations of familiar places through various materials (e.g. build a fire station with blocks)

3. Demonstrates an Understanding of Community Within a Classroom Environment by:

  1. Having everyday jobs (line leader, flag holder, cup passer)
  2. *Showing cooperative play, sharing and taking turns
  3. Identifying the family unit

4. Demonstrates an Understanding of Community Outside Their Own Home Environment by:

  1. Naming community helpers

Developmental/Content Area:

VIII. Fine Arts

1. Demonstrates Self Expression and Appreciation for Visual Arts by:

  1. *Planning and working independently to create own art representations

2. Demonstrates Creativity through the Arts by:

  1. *Singing along occasionally with others
  2. *Using a variety of musical instruments
  3. Listening to a variety of children’s music

3. Demonstrate self-expression through dance and movement by:

  1. *Exploring different ways of body movements with and without music

The children will be introduced to the following:

  • Calendar
  • Seasons
  • Pride in country and flag
  • Special happenings of the month

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