EEC transitional kindergarten curriculum


*Indicates Kansas Learning Standard

Developmental/Content Area:

I. Communication and Literacy

1. The Student Will Demonstrate Language in Many Different Ways by:

  1. Listening attentively without interrupting or distracting others when someone is speaking
  2. Predicting various outcomes and draw appropriate conclusions
  3. Being able to follow simple three step oral directions given by the teacher
  4. Attending to a variety of listening activities, such as scripture stories, literature, music, media presentations, and resource people.
  5. *Using personal experiences, knowledge, and /or feelings when speaking
  6. *Using third person singular or irregular plurals
  7. *Asking questions to increase understanding including “how” questions
  8. *Asking for help as needed

2. The Student Will Observe and Respond 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
    6. Expressing own feelings, needs, and opinions with a complete thought.
    7. Participating appropriately in small groups
    8. Being able to introduce self and others

3. Demonstrates Early Reading Skills by:

  1. *Pretending to read easy or predictable books
  2. *Developing vocabulary through interaction with peers and adults; through pictures and real life objects
  3. *Producing rhyming words
  4. *Discriminating separate syllables in words
  5. *Knowing that books have titles, authors and often illustrators
  6. *Recalling information and sequencing of a story
  7. *Telling stories based on personal experiences, imagination, dreams, and /or stories from books
  8. *Telling stories with a beginning, middle and end
  9. Identifying and apply correct directionality working left to right; top to bottom.
  10. Identifying sounds of both upper and lower case letters of the alphabet (Letter-sound relationship)
  11. Identify names of both upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
  12. Orally matching consonant letters to sounds and sounds to letters. (Letter-sound relationships)
  13. Demonstrating phonemic awareness skills by hearing and orally manipulating sounds (e.g. phoneme isolation, identification, and categorization

4. Demonstrates Emergent Writing Skills by:

  1. *Demonstrating an understanding that words are separated by spaces
  2. *Demonstrating an understanding that once an oral message is written it reads the same way every time (recognizes signs, messages from the teacher)
  3. *Writing some recognizable letters
  4. *Copying or writing familiar words
  5. *Acquainting children with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines
  6. *Recognizing and reproducing all of these shapes –circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, heart, and cross
  7. Creating an alphabet book
  8. Writing upper and lower case letters correctly and legibly.
  9. Writing numbers correctly and legibly.
  10. Generating ideas for writing through teacher directed pre-writing activities
  11. Using pictures and words to communicate for different purposes.
  12. Communicating feelings through drawings with details

Content Area:

II. Mathematical Knowledge

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

  1. *Demonstrating an understanding that the last number spoken represents the entire set (counts five blocks on the table and says, “There are 10 blocks.”)
  2. Rote counting to 30 (many will learn to count to 100, recognize numbers to 30)
  3. Writing numbers 1-10
  4. *Developing an understanding of more or less (“I have more cookies than she does”)
  5. *Adding two groups of concrete objects by counting the total (three blue bears, three yellow bears, six bears altogether)
  6. *Subtracting one group of concrete objects from another (“I have four carrot sticks, I’m eating one! Now I have three.”)
  7. *Estimating amounts
  8. *Identifying positions as first and last
  9. *Using language associated with time in everyday situations (“I go swimming after lunch”)
  10. Recognizing, writing, and sequencing numerals through 20
  11. Establishing a one-to-one correspondence with whole numbers 0-20 using concrete objects.
  12. Counting whole numbers from 10-0 backwards
  13. Counting sets of objects from one to 20
  14. Identifying pennies, nickels, dimes

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. Comparing two measurements using these attributes: longer, shorter (length)
  4. Generating patterns
  5. Classifying and sorting concrete objects by similar attributes

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

  1. Identifying symmetry
  2. Identifying two like objects or shapes from a set of four objects or shapes
  3. Recognizing and investigating simple attributes of shape, color, and size to include circle, triangle, square, rectangle, diamond, and ellipse.
  4. Sorting cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, cones and spheres by their attributes using concrete objects
  5. *Developing an understanding of directionality, order and position (up/down, before/after)
  6. *Using shapes separately or in combination to produce pictures and objects
  7. Recognizing a circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, and ellipse (oval).

Developmental/Content Area:

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

3. Demonstrates Behavior That Promote Good Health by:

  1. *Identifying different food groups
  2. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing and drying hands before and after eating
  3. *Recognizing warning signals and communicates their meaning
  4. *Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands after toileting
  5. *Taking care of toileting needs
  6. Helping to choose a healthy snack to bring to school

Developmental Area:

IV. 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. *Sharing personal experiences with others in story form
  5. *Identifying telephone number and address

2. Develops Positive Social Relationship 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 cares, 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. *Describes 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 own actions

4. Participates in Large and Small Group Activities by:

  1. *Answering questions that are relevant to the activity or conversation
  2. *Listening while other 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/Content Area:

V. 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:

VI. 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
  3. Observing the basic characteristics of living things
  4. Comparing and Contrast living and non-living things

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)
  3. Observing the indoor and outdoor world
  4. Collecting objects to explore physical differences.
  5. Investigating properties of objects by the use of five senses (Knowledge)
  6. Classifying and describe materials according to observable properties.
  7. Sorting and arranging objects according to common properties. (Application)
  8. Observing transitions (ice to water)
  9. Understanding sink and float
  10. Observing changes in weather

Developmental/Content Area:

VI. 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. Recognizing that gifts from God are meant to be shared to do His work
  3. Understanding that a person cannot have everything he/she wants, so a choice has to be made.
  4. *Understanding the use of money to purchase goods and services
  5. *Discussing the benefits of saving money
  6. Giving examples of types of jobs that he/she does within the family

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

4. Demonstrates an Understanding of Civics and Government by:

  1. Recognizing respect for others as a way to live one’s life as Jesus taught.
  2. Recognizing rules and why they exist.
  3. Identifying the American flag from others
  4. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
  5. Recognizing appropriate ways to behave in the classroom
  6. Identifying the characteristics of a friend and/or helpful classmate
  7. Knowing school authority figures and ways they establish order and provide safety in a school setting.
  8. Demonstrating good citizenship (e.g., sharing, listening, taking turns, and following rules)
  9. Identifying leaders at home and school (e.g., parents, guardians, teachers, director)
  10. Identifying Catholic leaders in parish and world (pastor and pope)

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. Demonstrates Self-Expression Through Dance and Movement by:

  1. *Exploring different ways of body movements with and without music
  2. *Responding to changes in tempo