Course of Study – Preschool

I have been asked to provide a recommended course of study for each particular grade. Although this is a just a checklist, one must remember that if your child does not fall within the particular parameters does not mean your child is ‘slow’ or ‘not learning’. Each child develops differently and each one has their own learning style.

Please remember that this should only be used as a checklist and not as a mandatory list that each child should follow. I like to use it to monitor my child’s progress. For instance, I may have a child that is in grade 3 but is exhibiting traits of a child in grade 5. Her reading skills may be that of a 5th grader, but everything else may be of a 3rd grader or lower. Not to worry, because remember children learn at different paces.

With that said, here is a checklist for Preschool.

Colors and Shapes – the child can recognize colors and names of colors, can point out shapes and match shapes or objects according to shape and can copy shapes with pencil or finger.

Motor Skills – the child has the ability to run, jump, skip, hop, march. The child can walk backwards, clap hands, can paste or glue objects to paper. Can build with blocks, zip a zipper, button a clothing article. Can hold a pen or pencil properly and can use scissors to cut out shapes.

Listening Skills – the child can listen to short stories and retell simple stories, follows directions, and can repeat a sequence of sounds, can form vowels and consonants, can recite short bible verses.

Numbers – can count simply from 1-20, understands number concepts from 1-10, understands the concept of empty and full and more and less.

Reading/Writing – this child has been read to daily, looks at books and magazines, and pretends to read, can answer questions related to short stories, can recognize some nursery rhymes, can pronounce their name, both first and last. Some can print their name as well.

Emotional Development – this child knows their name and parent’s name, plays with other children, talks easily, can dress them self, brushes their teeth, helps with family chores, can put toys away, can put clothes away, can follow directions, understands day and night.

Once again this is just a check list to help guide you when teaching your preschool child. Some may be more advanced and others may just be getting started. But not to worry, because they will all catch up in the end.

Most important thing to remember is to make learning fun.