Young Fives (4yrs 6mo – 6yrs or Kindergarten)

My wings are ready; I will learn it all and soar !

Students will:
Understand that printed material provides information
Develop a sense of book use and begin to identify parts of a book (Title, cover, illustrations)
Recognize the sequence of a story
Enjoy listening to stories - including fiction and non-fiction
Actively work on reading comprehension by retelling a story, identify details of the story
Learn to rhyme words
Recognize and name each letter of the alphabet out of order
Recognize first name when printed
Track words from left to right; top to bottom
Distinguish letters from words
Recognize first and last name when printed
Discriminate between words that begin/end with different sounds

Students will:
Understand and follow one and two step directions
Understand and correctly use position words (under, over, in, etc)
Use words to express frustration, state needs and solve problems
Develop vocabulary for social communication and interaction
Participate in socio-dramatic play
Listen and respond to oral communication
Speak in clear and coherent sentences
Develop vocabulary for and use it appropriately as related to classsroom routine
Share information and ideas, speaking audibly, in complete, coherent sentences
Listen attentively,, respectfully and without interrupting during instruction and to the ideas of others

Students will:
Draw pictures and describe the pictures using detail words
Able to trace first name 

Students will:
Learn how to adjust to new environmental settings
Learn about age-appropriate cultural diversities and experience through hands-on activities related to the tradisions of various countries (Cinco de Mayo, International/Cultural Day, Chineses New Year)
Learn about community helpers
Develop a sense of patriotism. Begin to know the Pledge of Allegiance.
Experience the ability to give to and share with others.
Explore monthly themes
Learn the classroom routines 
Learn address, including city and state
Understand what thankfulness means
Discuss and practice cooperation and teamwork
Participate in social outreach projects
Participate in simple recycling projects and discover how recycling helps ecology/environment
Learn about and begin to value heritages and extended family members 
Learn the difference between fact and fiction
Learn about spirit and pride
Learn acceptance and faith

Students will:
Enjoy science through hands-on simple experiements
Life Science-learn about insects and plants; learn about life cycles and about process and growth; learn about different types of animals and their habitats; learn about hibernation and why animals hibernate
Physical Science: explore physical change (water, steam, ice-liquid, vapor, solid)
Earth Science-learn about temperature and the difference between hot and cold.
Experimentation-learn to mix colors
Learn about seasons and how seasons change
Explore the five senses

Students will:
Be comfortable separating from parents/care provider
Learn to cooperate with others and develop friendships
Learn to verbally express individual feelings
Differentiate between free choice activities and teacher directed activities
Use imagination
Learn to take turns and include others in play
Gain confidence in learning classroom rules and routine
Listen when others speak
Make self-directed choices
Take pride in accomplishments
Learn how to respect self and others (teachers/peers)

Students will:
Recognize and begin to draw basic shapes
Begin to rote count (50)
Sort and classify objects
Explore concepts in weight
Learn about small to large
Learn and experience numbers
Begin to explore memory and length
Continue to practice sequencing activities
Copy and create simple patterns
Understand simple graphing problems (bar graph, circle graph, line graph) and draw conclusions
Learn simple addition and subtraction concepts
Introduce simple money concepts
Learn about quantities and sets
Complete concepts of time

Students will:
Learn hand/eye coordination (puzzles, Legos, beading, gluing, etc)
Practice pour, spoon and scoop actions
Learn to cut on the lines
Be able to fasten elements found on clothing (snaps, zippers, button)
Draw shapes and objects
Draw self-portraits and family members
Creatively manipulate clay and play doh
Develop muscles needed for fine/gross acuteness
Learn about horizonal, vertical, curved and straight lines
Color wiwth control
Learn to hop, skip, jump and balance

Students will:
Identify positions of objects
Recognize similarities and difference in objects and classify sounds and touch
Recognize similarities and differences in sounds
Recognize and repeat simple beat sequences
Locate the direction of sound
Be alert to the presence and absence of sound

Students will:
Experience tactile creativity
Freely explore materials (sensory materials, play dough, etc)
Learn all common colors
Experience teacher directed art projects
Express feelings through dance, music and movement
Experience art through nature, by observing as well as using found materials (shells, rocks, leaves, etc)
Express imagination through abstract art

Students will:
Be introduced to nutrition 
Enjoy healthy daily lunch and snacks
Learn school safety procedures including fire safety and earthquake preparedness
Learn proper hand washing techniques
Learn about keeping a germ free environment
Learn about stranger safety
Learn Personal Safety Program, "Talk About Touching"
Learn about the importance of adult supervision

Students will:
Learn prayers (Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, Our Father, Prayer before meals)
Learn how to talk and listen to God through prayer - understanding prayerful behaviors/attitudes
Experience the Bible through stories, song and dramatic activities
Integrate God and values throughout the curriculum and throughout the day
Learn that Jesus teaches us in many ways how to show our love for others
Develop an understanding of religious terms, Mass, sisters, priests, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, God)
Learn the liturgical calendar (main liturgical seasons, May as a month for Mary, Saint Days)
Experience the faith community of the classroom/school/parish.