Preschool Goals

 

Cognitive Development


Program Goals

By the end of preschool, children will:

•Demonstrate the ability to think, reason, question, and remember

•Engage in problem solving

•Use language to communicate, convey, and interpret meaning

•Establish social contacts as they begin to understand the physical and social world


Content Standards

Logical-Mathematical/Scientific Thinking

Preschool programs will provide children with opportunities to:

•Express wonder, ask questions, and seek answers about the natural world

•Recognize and solve problems through active exploration, including trial and error and interacting with peers and adults

•Organize and express their understanding of common properties and attributes of things


Language & Literacy

Preschool programs will provide children with opportunities to:

•Communicate their experiences, ideas, and feelings by speaking

•Listen with understanding to directions, conversations, and stories

•Exhibit interest in reading

•Use different forms of writing such as drawing, letter-like forms, invented spelling, and conventional forms

Country Kids believes that early childhood teaching is a continuous process of planning and observing.  Teachers plan activities that help children learn.  As teachers observe, they learn about the children and can plan new activities and teaching strategies to challenge the children even further.  This is the process of “intentional” teaching-a process in which teachers think carefully about what they do and why they do it.  Country Kids bases it curriculum on The Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework, which is the model for intentional teaching. A demonstration is as follows.

Creative Expression/Aesthetic Development


Program Goals

By the end of preschool, children will:

•Use different art forms as a vehicle for creative expression and representation

•Develop an appreciation of the arts


Content Standards

Logical-Mathematical/Scientific Thinking

Preschool programs will provide children with opportunities to:

•Exhibit curiosity about and explore how materials function and affect the senses

•Create (imagine, experiment, plan, make, evaluate, refine, and present/exhibit) works that express or represent experiences, ideas, feelings, and fantasy using various media

•Represent fantasy and real-life experiences through pretend play

•Engage in musical and creative movement activities

•Describe or respond to their own creative work or the creative work of others

Personal & Social Development


Program Goals

By the end of preschool, children will:

•Demonstrate a sense of self as a learner

•Demonstrate a sense of responsibility to oneself and others

•Demonstrate effective functioning, individually and as a member of a group


Content Standards

Preschool programs will provide children with opportunities to:

•Exhibit curiosity, creativity, self-direction, and persistence in learning situations

•Describe themselves using several basic characteristics

•Demonstrate awareness of one’s own and others’ feelings

•Participate in and exhibit self-control in group situations

•Interact appropriately with peers and familiar adults

  1. Use age appropriate conflict-resolution strategies

  2. Recognize similarities and appreciate differences in people

Preschool Goals

Physical Development


Program Goals

By the end of preschool, children will:

•Demonstrate control, balance, strength, and coordination in gross-motor tasks

•Demonstrate coordination and strength in fine-motor tasks

•Participate in healthy physical activity

•Practice appropriate eating habits, hygiene and self-help skills


Content Standards

Preschool programs will provide children with opportunities to:

•Engage in a wide variety of gross-motor activities that are child selected and teacher initiated

•Use a variety of materials that promote eye-hand coordination and small-muscle development

•Demonstrate spatial awareness in both fine-and gross-motor activities

•Choose nutritious meals and snacks

•Practice basic hygiene and self help skills