From problem solving to writing letters and numbers, a typical preschool curriculum will give your child the tools they need to begin kindergarten.
A Typical Preschool Curriculum:
Young children learn a great deal about solving problems while playing with other children. When stacking blocks, a child is keenly focused on stacking them just the right way or else they’ll come tumbling down. When crafting with Legos, they envision their masterpiece and try to make it a reality. Children can get upset when their toys don’t cooperate or their peer isn’t doing what they want; this is when problem-solving teaches its best lessons.
Social skills go hand-in-hand with problem-solving. When your child steps into a setting with other children, beautiful things can happen. At times though, the children will disagree on how to play a certain game, or argue over whose turn it is. With a teacher’s guidance, the children learn how to solve these disputes and get on with their play. Teachers help the children to see where things went wrong, and how the situation can be remedied, giving a child the social skills needed to thrive in a group environment. Children will also learn to follow simple instructions, and how to participate in group activities.
Shapes and Colors
Shapes and colors are taught as early as age 2 by introduction through books, objects, discussion, and various activities. Typically, by age 4, a child can recognize many colors and shapes as well.
Drawing, Cutting, and Crafts
Before your child is able to write numbers and letters, he or she will scribble. Scribbling helps them learn how to write, eventually. Guiding the children to stay on the paper and imagine what they are “drawing” will start the foundation for writing that comes later on, and encourage creativity. Cutting with scissors helps develop fine motor skills, which is also a necessary skill for a child to be confident in their handwriting. Crafting is where children learn to put all of their newfound skills into action.
Numbers and Counting
Learning to count to ten is hard work for a preschooler! Numbers are usually introduced with objects. Teachers often use number stories, and manipulatives, such as uncooked noodles or blocks to build counting skills and confidence. Once the teacher has given their instruction or told the story, they might ask the children to use their problem-solving skills to figure out “how many” objects there are. As the children become confident in counting, numbers in written form are introduced, and finally, the children learn to write the numbers 1-10.
Letters and Sounds
For a child, learning 26 letters and their different sounds can be quite intimidating. But if taught in the right way, children will develop confidence in their emerging literacy skills. Children learn to recognize letters and letter sounds by seeing a letter and hearing the sound associated with each letter. Helping children hear and recognize when words begin with the same sounds develops their phonemic awareness and prepares them to become confident readers.