Children in the preschool program at Brighton Co-op explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs and games. They learn at their own pace.

MATH: Math• Numerals 1-10 • Counting objects to 10 • One-to-one correspondence of objects • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC • Sizes: small, medium, large • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, oval, triangle, diamond • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc. • Same and Different • More, Less, Same • Time: Day and Night.

LITERACY: Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds • Recognize, spell, write first name • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly • Retell familiar stories • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences • Answer questions about stories • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up • Build new vocabulary • Build listening skills • Sequencing • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos

SCIENCE: Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc. • Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations • Observe insect life • Observe plant growth • Observe weather and plant life during each season • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing • Explore the world with the five senses • Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat

CREATIVE ARTS: Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage• Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay • Experiment with mixing paint colors • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum • Participate in movement songs and dances • Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms • Use a variety of children’s instruments • Participate in dramatic play • Act out the movements and sounds of animals

SOCIAL SKILLS: Practice problem-solving skills in social situations • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects • Share classroom materials with the group • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners • Communicate his/her needs • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc. • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country • Explore types of work and workers • Explore modes of transportation • Participate in projects to help others in need: Salvation Army/Christmas