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Best Practices The Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook offers guidance based on research and best practices in early childhood education. More…

Kindergarten Readiness

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Preschool Sequence at a Glance

The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook reflects each of the established critical areas in the development of young children. Within these advancement areas, the Preschool Sequence focuses on nine domains or content areas; each domain covers developmentally-appropriate goals for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. These goals are broken down into specific, measurable, and sequential skills, upon which teachers plan and implement the Core Knowledge curriculum.

Physical Well-being and Motor Development

Movement and Coordination:

  1. Physical Attention and Relaxation

  2. Gross Motor Skills

  3. Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination

  4. Group Games

  5. Creative Movement and Expression

Social and Emotional Development Autonomy and Social Skills:

  1. Sense of Self and Personal Responsibility

  2. Working in a Group Setting

Approaches to Learning Work Habits:

  1. Memory Skills

  2. Following Directions

  3. Task Persistence and Completion

Language and Literacy Development

Oral Language:

  1. Functions of Language (Uses of Communication)

  2. Forms of Language (Vocabulary and Syntax)

Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs:

  1. Memorization Skills

  2. Listening Skills

  3. A Sense of Rhyme

Storybook Reading and Storytelling:

  1. Listening to Stories Read Aloud

  2. Participating in Stories Read Aloud

  3. Developing a Notion of Story Schema

  4. Awareness of Book and Print Organization

Emerging Literacy Skills:

  1. Awareness of Written Print and its Uses

  2. Awareness of the Structure of Print

  3. Phonemic Awareness

  4. Fine Motor Skills and Writing Strokes

Knowledge Acquisition and Cognitive Development


  1. Patterns and Classification

  2. Geometry

  3. Measurement

  4. Numbers and Number Sense

  5. Addition & Subtraction

  6. Money

Orientation in Time:

  1. Vocabulary

  2. Measures of Time

  3. Passage of Time (Past, Present, and Future)

Orientation in Space:

  1. Vocabulary

  2. Actual and Represented Space

  3. Simple Maps

  4. Basic Geographical Concepts


  1. Investigation and Observation

  2. The Living World

  3. The Physical World


  1. Attention to Differences in Sound

  2. Imitation and Production of Sounds

  3. Listening and Singing Songs

  4. Listening and Moving to Music

Visual Arts:

  1. Attention to Visual Detail

  2. Creating Art

  3. Looking at & Talking about Art