Pre-K Curriculum | Bright Beginnings Preschool

Social and Emotional Skills

"Both of my boys love Bright Beginnings and their teachers. I love it because they learn so much." -Kathy Sletten

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Children will develop autonomy and a confidence to experience new social situations by learning to:
  • Share
  • Take turns
  • Give and take in conversation
  • Ask for help and help others; Power Words
  • See self as important part of classroom group; assist with developing class constitution
  • Respect, tolerate and understand differences between self and others
  • Celebrate differences and unique gifts of self and others
  • Express feelings and ideas, listens to feelings and ideas
  • Develop empathy skills
  • Learn to take responsibility
  • Cooperate with others and accept limits
  • Learn self control and accept logical consequences
  • Develop self-esteem, positive sense of self, confidence
  • Practice solving problems alone and with peers, teachers
  • Practice being a leader and a follower
  • Participate in classroom decisions and actively give opinion
  • Develop pride in work displayed
  • See self and others with separate and unique skills

Self Help and Personal Responsibility

  • Becoming comfortable with classroom routine and schedule
  • Being comfortable asking for help from the teacher
  • Practicing hand washing and bathroom hygiene
  • Dressing self including shoes, socks and outerwear, hats, mittens
  • Locating and caring for belongings
  • Setting goals and celebrating achievements
  • Sharing the teacher’s time with classmates
  • Serving self and peers snacks and drinks
  • Experiences the local community through field trips
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Fine Motor Skills

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  • Strengthen eye-hand coordination
  • Strengthen pincher grip (puzzles, play dough)
  • Develop muscles necessary for writing
  • Gain self-awareness and confidence through practice
  • Express self using variety of art mediums, writing tools
  • Develop coordination needed to perform self-help skills (dressing, shoes, laces and velcro, buttons and zippers, turning on water, opening doors)
  • Easel painting to classical music

Gross Motor Skills

  • Develop body awareness
  • Develop sense of body control
  • Practice balance (stand on one foot, yoga, dancing)
  • Build ball skills (roll, throw, catch, bounce, pass, dribble)
  • Practice age appropriate group games (parachute, Duck, Duck Goose, bean bag toss, soccer)
  • Move body in different ways (skip, hop, jump, gallop, run, sun sideways, crisscross, backwards, upside down)
  • Build muscle tone
  • Build endurance
  • Build fitness ability; agility, strength, cardio
  • Understand health benefits of physical fitness
  • Understand fitness as a social and group activity
  • Understand holistic approach to health (fitness, nutrition, relaxation)
  • Group cooperative games
  • Sand and water play
  • Climbing
  • Swinging
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Literacy skills

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  • Develop a love of reading and a respect for books
  • Be introduced to classic and modern children’s literature
  • Be introduced to a variety of genres: picture books, concept books, alphabet and counting books, realistic books, fantasy books, biographies
  • Memorize predictable pattern books
  • Explore authors through exposure to complete works
  • Associate reading with learning, imagination, wonder, pleasure
  • Learn book parts: cover, pages, binding, title page
  • Understand author role
  • Understand illustrator role
  • Learn parts of story: beginning, middle, end
  • Learn story elements: characters, plot, setting, and theme
  • Recreate stories using circle stories, murals, sentence strips
  • Practice predicting what happens next
  • Practice repeating words and phrases
  • Play act out stories and simple skits
  • Imagine different endings
  • Learn book care
  • Learn library etiquette
  • Recall events from story, sequence of events
  • Become familiar with layout of a book (front to back, top to bottom and reading left to right)
  • Learns that one reads words not pictures, pictures provide contextual cues
  • Gain ability to comprehend story from looking/listening to picture books and listening to book on cd/teacher reading without visual cues (chapter books)
  • Poetry
  • Puppets

Language Arts

Children will become future storytellers, poets and journalists by:
  • Recognize letters
  • Associate letters with sounds
  • Letter banks
  • Recognize name, classmate’s names
  • Simple sight word recognition (Dolch list, names, classroom areas)
  • Word banks
  • Enjoy Mother Goose nursery rhymes
  • Letter-sound associations including recognize beginning and ending sounds
  • Simple rhyming words
  • Writing own stories
  • Participating in group or peer written stories
  • Recitation (memorizing and performing simple poems, nursery rhymes)
  • Learn finger plays and songs
  • Writing letters and words (play dough, salt and cornmeal trays, child markers and crayons, pencil)

Reading Skills

Children will gain knowledge needed to become a life long learner by:
  • Introduction to phonics
  • Introduction to inventive spelling
  • Introduction to decoding
  • Whole Language Approach
  • Word study
  • Left to right reading progression
  • Point to word with finger (tracking)
  • Introduction to poetry
  • Language Experience Approach (LEA)
  • PALS Assessment (Pre K)
  • Identify environmental print (classroom labels, street and traffic signs, familiar logos and restaurant signs)

Analytical Skills

Children will ask questions and seek answers by:
  • Explore picture sorts
  • Gain competence with puzzles
  • Experience simple keyboards and appropriate computer skills
  • Solve simple riddles and story problems
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Mathematics Skills

Children will become deep thinkers and problem solvers by:
  • Introduced to Math Their Way (hands on, sequenced learning)
  • Free explore math manipulative materials
  • Patterning with manipulatives and real objects
  • Sorting
  • Counting forwards and backwards
  • Concept of number, number sense
  • Classifying
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Math vocabulary such as opposite, backward
  • Math predicting
  • Real life math problems in the classroom
  • Colors and shapes
  • Picture and object sorts
  • Blocks and puzzles
  • Sensory exploration including water play, rice and beans, cornmeal, salt and noodles- pouring, funnels, measuring, stirring, scooping

Fine Arts

Children will be encouraged to develop appreciation for creative expression and understand its benefit as a tool of self-expression by:
  • Opportunities to speak in front of peers
  • Being introduced to a variety of appropriate music genres
  • Learning music concepts such as rhythm, beat, lyrics, tune
  • Learning and singing choral music and performing for parents
  • Dress up including encouraging non-gender bias
  • Role-playing
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Musical games
  • Create visual art while listening to different music genres
  • Sing alongs with other classrooms
  • Dancing
  • Body awareness games

Science

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Children will become inquisitive and curious learners by:
  • Experience real life science lab experiments
  • Make predictions
  • Ask questions to form a hypothesis
  • Curriculum content includes physical, earth, life and environmental science topics
  • Seasonal nature activities
  • Outdoor classroom learning
  • Collecting and graphing data
  • Making predictions

Social Studies

Children will become future leaders and activists by:
  • Appreciate cultural and social diversity
  • Study community helpers
  • Historical figures
  • National Holidays
  • My Family
  • My Community
  • My School Community
  • Concept of now and then/before and after/timelines
  • Monthly concepts and related field trips and school guests
  • Seasonal and holiday festivals and traditions
  • School community celebrations

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Nutrition

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A pepper from our Mill Creek Garden. Each school has their own garden!

Children will learn healthy eating and drinking habits relate to overall lifelong health, fitness and happiness by:
  • Allowing parents to send in lunches and snacks if desired to address allergies, food habits, religious and nutrition requirements
  • Eating healthy school lunches and snacks
  • Cooking projects use fresh ingredients, organic when possible
  • Encouraging healthy choices of fresh, organic ingredients
  • On site gardens allow children to understand eating local and fresh

Art History

Children will look at the present through art from the past helps cultivate a climate of appreciation of diverse contributions by:
  • Discovering famous artists and their works
  • Relating art to literacy- art tells a story
  • Developing imagination through seeing an art piece
  • Recreating art styles (collage, pointillism, watercolors, charcoal)
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Manners and Etiquette

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Our Forest Lakes kids showing off their manners on a manners field trip out to eat!

Children will be comfortable in a changing global world starting within the classroom by:
  • Learning basic courtesy such as please, thank you, excuse me
  • Waiting until all are served to eat
  • Hello and goodbye greetings
  • Making introductions and making guests feel welcome
  • Knowing what makes a friend and being a friend
  • Caring for work space and classroom and playground clean up
  • Positive conflict resolution within peer groups

Child Safety Skills

Children will acquire age appropriate skills to learn how to stay safe and be confident in a world outside of the home by:
  • Know first and last name
  • Know address, parent’s cell numbers
  • Stranger danger
  • Fire safety
  • Car safety
  • Sun safety
  • Playground, park and pool safety
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