Curriculum and Student Goals

Curriculum

Leesburg Presbyterian Church Preschool believes in educating the whole child. That is, we design and implement activities that promote a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, communication, motor development, as well as good learning habits, such as following directions and sticking with a task.  We create theme-based activities across multiple areas of development that are focused on the learning goals set forth to inspire and strengthen the development of each student individually. So, while exploring a given topic, children are also learning math, literacy, science, language, writing, motor skills, and socialization. This approach is not only fun, but also gives children many opportunities to learn and practice the skills they need in all areas. As a Christian preschool, we also implement components of the Abeka curriculum to promote children’s spiritual development.

Student Goals

Social-Emotional Development

Self-Expression

  • Tells name and age
  • Identifies favorite things
  • Demonstrates self-confidence
  • Able to lead and follow peers

Interactions with Others

  • Separates easily from parents
  • Behaves cooperatively
  • Shares & takes turns
  • Shows concern for others
  • Expresses affection appropriately
  • Shows self-control when angry or upset
  • Uses words to express needs and/or wants

Language Development

Receptive

  • Follows one- or two- step directions
  • Shows a longer attention span when listening
  • Listens to others at circle time

Expressive

  • Speech is understandable
  • Can say own name, age and gender
  • Can tell about object when asked

Conversational

  • Alternates between listening and speaking
  • Waits for his/her turn to speak in a group

Cognitive Development

  • Sorts objects into 3 or more categories
  • Recognizes written name
  • Identifies some letters of the alphabet, particularly the letters in his/her name
  • Identifies numbers 0-10
  • Counts orally to 20
  • One-to-one correspondence counting to 10
  • Names the 8 basic colors
  • Identifies regular shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle, star, diamond
  • Recognizes and repeats simple patterns
  • Predicts cause and effect relationships
  • Tells about past and future events

Physical Development

  • Builds block tower of 9 or more
  • Hops on one foot
  • Kicks a ball
  • Catches a bounced ball
  • Throws a ball forward
  • Walks up and down stairs with alternating feet
  • Turns pages of book
  • Uses correct grasp when holding pencil (after instruction)
  • Copies name
  • Draws and copies shapes
  • Uses scissors correctly
  • Draws a person
  • Participates in songs and finger plays
  • Repeats rhythmic patterns

Students attend music classes once per week where they learn the different types of instruments, play instruments, learn new songs and movement.  They perform in a Christmas Program and Spring Program.

**Parents: It is important to remember all children develop at a different rate in the various areas. Where one child may excel in language, he/she may be average in cognitive or physical skills. These skills were designed for two, three AND four year-olds, so please don’t be concerned if your child has not mastered every task. We have a long year ahead of us for the four year-olds, and years to go for the younger ones!

Curriculum

Leesburg Presbyterian Church Preschool believes in educating the whole child. That is, we design and implement activities that promote a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, communication, motor development, as well as good learning habits, such as following directions and sticking with a task. The curriculum we use to do this is the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence, a research-based approach that details step by step how children progress in specific competencies and knowledge from ages three to five. We create theme-based activities across multiple areas of development that are focused on the learning goals of the curriculum. So, while exploring a given topic, children are also learning math, literacy, science, language, writing, motor skills, and socialization. This approach is not only fun, but also gives children many opportunities to learn and practice the skills they need in all areas. As a Christian preschool, we also implement components of the Abeka curriculum to promote children’s spiritual development.

 

Student Goals

Social-Emotional Development


Self-Expression

● Tells name and age
● Identifies favorite things
● Demonstrates self-confidence
● Able to lead and follow peers

Interactions with Others

● Separates easily from parents
● Behaves cooperatively
● Shares & takes turns
● Shows concern for others
● Expresses affection appropriately
● Shows self-control when angry or upset
● Uses words to express needs and/or wants

Language Development


Receptive

● Follows one- or two- step directions
● Shows a longer attention span when
listening
● Listens to others at circle time

Expressive

● Speech is understandable
● Can say own name, age and gender
● Can tell about object when asked

Conversational

● Alternates between listening and speaking
● Waits for his/her turn to speak in a group

Cognitive Development

● Sorts objects into 3 or more categories
● Recognizes written name
● Identifies some letters of the alphabet,
particularly the letters in his/her name
● Identifies numbers 0-10
● Counts orally to 20
● One-to-one correspondence counting to 10
● Names the 8 basic colors
● Identifies regular shapes: triangle, square,
circle, rectangle, star, diamond
● Recognizes and repeats simple patterns
● Predicts cause and effect relationships
● Tells about past and future events

Physical Development

● Builds block tower of 9 or more
● Hops on one foot
● Kicks a ball
● Catches a bounced ball
● Throws a ball forward
● Walks up and down stairs with alternating feet
● Turns pages of book
● Uses correct grasp when holding pencil (after instruction)
● Copies name
● Draws and copies shapes
● Uses scissors correctly
● Draws a person

Music

● Participates in songs and finger plays
● Repeats rhythmic patterns

**Parents: It is important to remember all children develop at a different rate in the various areas.  Where one child may excel in language, he/she may be average in cognitive or physical skills. These skills were designed for two, three AND four year-olds, so please don’t be concerned if your child has not mastered every task. We have a long year ahead of us for the four year-olds, and years to go for the younger ones!