EEC 4-5 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. Bouncing a ball
  4. Running an obstacle course
  5. *Moving the body into the position to catch a ball, and then throwing the ball in the right direction
  6. Running obstacles courses
  7. Participating in a movement program

2. Develops Fine Motor Skills by:

  1. Cutting
  2. Pasting
  3. Following dotted lines with a pencil, coloring within the lines when assigned
  4. *Grasping scissors with thumb on top
  5. *Reproducing some shapes and all letters with writing utensils
  6. Writing name; first name then work on last name

3. Demonstrates Behaviors That Promote Good Health by:

  1. *Identifying different food groups
  2. *Transferring food and liquid between containers +
  3. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands before and after eating
  4. *Recognizing warning signals and communicates their meaning
  5. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands after toileting
  6. *Taking care of toileting needs +
  7. 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. *Indicating pride in personal accomplishments
  3. Sharing toys and materials
  4. *Identifying first name and last name
  5. Sharing personal experiences with others
  6. Identifying telephone number and address

2. Develops Positive Social Relationships by:

  1. Offering to help others who may be in distress (crying, frowning)
  2. *Encouraging or praising peers
  3. *Playing with different friends each day
  4. *Demonstrating an understanding of what it means to be a friend (someone who care, listens, shares ideas)
  5. Taking turns
  6. Respecting each other’s feelings and belongings

3. Develops Self Control and Personal Responsibility by:

  1. *Adapting behavior to different environments
  2. Coping with frustration
  3. *Describing situations which can elicit various emotions (tell a story that is supposed to make the listener sad or happy)
  4. *Understanding which emotional expressions are acceptable for a given environment (when to talk quietly, laugh)
  5. *Accepting consequences for for own actions

4. Anticipates in Large and Small Group Activities by:

  1. *Answering questions that are relevant to the activity or conversation
  2. *Listening while others are speaking
  3. *Engaging in “show-n-tell,” class discussions and simple plays or puppetry

5. Demonstrates Imagination and Creativity in Play by:

  1. *Engaging in dramatic play (plays house, builds firehouse)
  2. *Playing games with simple rules
  3. *Collaborating with others to carry out a play theme (hospital, beauty salon)

Developmental Area:

III. Communication and Literacy

1. Uses Language in Many Different Ways by:

  1. *Using four- to seven-word sentences
  2. *Using personal experiences, knowledge and/or feelings when speaking
  3. *Using third person singular or irregular plurals
  4. *Asking questions to increase understanding including “how” questions
  5. *Asking for help as needed

2. Observes and Responds to Communication by:

  1. Answering appropriately when asked what to do if tired, cold, or hungry
  2. Completing simple verbal analogies (A daddy is big; a baby is ____ )
  3. Using complex sentences to communicate
  4. Using vocabulary related to the subject and stays on topic
  5. Raising hand when needed

3. Demonstrates Early Reading Skills by:

  1. *Pretending to read easy or predictable books
  2. *Identifying some known letters of the alphabet in familiar and unfamiliar words
  3. Identifying uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet in print
  4. Writing many of the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet
  5. Developing vocabulary through interaction with peers and adults through pictures and real life objects
  6. *Identifying some beginning and ending sounds in words
  7. Learning left and right progression
  8. *Looking at pages of a book left to right
  9. *Producing rhyming words
  10. *Discriminating separate syllables in words
  11. *Making some letter-sound connections
  12. *Pointing to words in a book or runs finger along text from top to bottom while pretending to read
  13. *Knowing that books have titles, authors and often illustrators
  14. *Recalling information and sequencing of a story
  15. *Telling stories based on personal experiences, imagination, dreams, and / or stories from books
  16. *Telling stories with a beginning, middle and end

4. Demonstrates Emergent Writing Skills by:

  1. *Recognizing that print represents spoken words (i.e. first name in print, environmental labels)
  2. *Demonstrating an understanding that words are separated by spaces
  3. *Demonstrating an understanding that once an oral message is written; it reads the same way every time (recognizes signs, messages from the teacher)
  4. *Writing some recognizable letters
  5. *Copying or writing familiar words
  6. Acquainting children with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines
  7. Recognizing and reproducing all of these shapes – circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, heart, and cross
  8. Following dotted lines

Developmental/Content Area:

IV. Approaches to Learning

1. Demonstrates Enthusiasm and Persistence by:

  1. *Trying to complete a task after many attempts have failed
  2. *Working to achieve a goal

2. Demonstrates Positive Work Habits by:

  1. *Using classroom materials purposefully and respectfully
  2. *Returning materials and toys to designated locations
  3. *Managing transitions from one activity to the next

3. Demonstrates Listening Skills by:

  1. *Listening to stories, following oral directions and “show-n-tell”

Developmental/Content Area:

V. Science

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

  1. *Answering questions and /or tests predictions using simple experiments (cracking a nut to look inside)
  2. *Asking/answering questions about objects, organisms, and events in their environment

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 breath 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:

  1. *Demonstrating an understanding that the last number soken represents the entire set (counts five blocks on the table and says, “There are 5 blocks.”)
  2. *Rote counting to 10
  3. Counting to 30 (many will learn t count to 100, recognize numbers to 30)
  4. Writing numbers 1-10
  5. *Developing an understanding of more or less (“I have more cookies than she does.”)
  6. *Adding two groups of concrete objects by counting the total (three blue bears, three yellow bears; six bears altogether)
  7. *Subtracting one group of concrete objects from another by taking some away and then counting the remainder (“I have four carrot sticks, I’m eating one! Now I have three.”)
  8. *Estimating amounts
  9. *Identifying positions as first and last
  10. *Using language associated with time in everyday situations (“I go swimming after lunch.”)

2. Demonstrates an Understanding of Patterns and Relationships by:

  1. *Using blocks, beads or other materials to make or extend patterns
  2. *With adult direction, using standard and non-standard measurement units (uses unifix cubes to measure body, counting number of cups to fill a bucket with water)

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

  1. *Developing an understanding of directionality, order and position (up/down, before/after)
  2. *Using shapes 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. *Showing an understanding that money can be exchanged for goods and services

2. Demonstrates an Understanding of Basic Geographic Concepts by:

  1. *Creating simple “maps” or drawing of familiar places
  2. *Matching objects to usual location (tree in a park, bed in a bedroom)

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

Developmental/Content Area:

VIII. Fine Arts

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

  1. *Recognizing various forms of art work (sculpture, painting, photographs)
  2. Developing creativity through art work using various mediums (paint, clay, play dough, finger-paint, crayons etc)
  3. Reviewing the basic colors, red, green, blue, yellow, pink, orange, purple, brown, black, white and gray

2. Demonstrates Creativity through the Arts by:

  1. *Singing along 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
  2. *Responding to changes in tempo