Creating a caring community of learners

  • Respect for others
  • Respect for shared space
  • Being a part of a group
  • Social interaction and problem solving
  • Values such as empathy, friendship and giving are stressed
  • Social accountability and responsibility

Achieved through: all activities, classroom job responsibilities, teacher role modeling, group and individual discussions, community service projects (food drives, fundraising for global organizations, visits to senior centers, childrens' homes)

Language Development

  • Increase in vocabulary
  • Putting feelings/desires into words

Achieved through: stories, circle time activities, free play, encouragement and language use from teachers, singing songs, writing center activities, "author's chair" (oral presentations of drawings/stories), reciting childrens' rhymes and fingerplays, acting out stories and performing puppet shows, journal activities (putting words/stories to their drawings, paintings and other creations)


  • Asking questions
  • Exploring the world
  • Using all five senses

Achieved through: art tables, sensory bins, block play, outdoor play, nature tables, cooking and science activities, participation in field trips and special community events

Confidence and Positive Self-Esteem

  • Sense of worth
  • Sense of belonging
  • Making choices and decisions
  • Sense of independence and control in projects (encouragement of open-handed projects that are self-designed and constructed)

Achieved through: specific words of recognition from teachers, choice of activities during free play, sharing thoughts and ideas at circle time, actively participating in singing and dance classes, independent use of art and building type materials

Large and Small Motor Development

  • Exercising large muscles in legs, arms and back
  • using fingers and hands
  • Making choices and decisions
  • Sense of independence and control in projects (encouragement of open-handed projects that are self-designed and constructed)

Achieved through: art/drawing tables, playdough/gak, outdoor play, dance class,large motor skill equipment in the downstairs classroom, fingerplays at circle time,
cooking and science activities

Cognitive/Academic Development

  • Recognition of letters of the alphabet (upper and lower case letters)
  • Recognition of the sounds of the letters for pre-reading skills development
  • Recognition of ones' own name (possibly other names of significance, i.e., Mom, Dad, etc.)
  • Recognition of numerals 1 through 100 , counting by 1's, 5's and 10's
  • Increase in counting, sorting, matching skills
  • Recognition of shapes, colors and patterns
  • Continuation of "journaling" activity (story telling and drawing)
  • Introduction to the idea of self-portraits
  • Ability to write first (possibly last) name and also small words that are personnally important to them
  • Ability to draw stick figures to represent people

Achieved through: circle time activities including "name of the week" and "letter bags", journal time, games, songs, rhymes, alphabet bag activity, felt board activities art activities, calendar activities, "thematic books" (a book about space, the human body, etc. that is a take-home reminder of our discoveries, thoughts, drawings, etc. somewhat like a journal a personal journal with a theme)

Self-Help Skills

  • Further developing the skills to put on own coats, shoes and other articles of clothing
  • Taking care of personal needs in the bathroom (washing hands, using toilet)

Achieved through: encouragement and assistance from teachers, modeling peers who are skilled at it, lots of patience, practice and praise, parental support at home

Personal Awareness

  • Knows first and last name
  • Knows how old he/she is
  • Knows birth date
  • Knows address and phone number (usually something mastered in kindergarten)

Achieved through: peer and teacher interactions and conversations
and parental support at home