• Preschool Curriculum

    HighScope Preschool Curriculum Content —Key Developmental Indicators  

    A. Approaches to Learning
    1. Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.
    2. Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions.
    3. Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.
    4. Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play.
    5. Use of resources: Children gather information and formulate ideas about their world.
    6. Reflection: Children reflect on their experiences.

    B. Social and Emotional Development
    7. Self-identity: Children have a positive self-identity.
    8. Sense of competence: Children feel they are competent.
    9. Emotions: Children recognize, label, and regulate their feelings.
    10. Empathy: Children demonstrate empathy toward others.
    11. Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom.
    12. Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults.
    13. Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play.
    14. Moral development: Children develop an internal sense of right and wrong.
    15. Conflict resolution: Children resolve social conflicts.

    C. Physical Development and Health
    16. Gross-motor skills: Children demonstrate strength, flexibility, balance, and timing in using their large muscles.
    17. Fine-motor skills: Children demonstrate dexterity and hand-eye coordination in using their small muscles.
    18. Body awareness: Children know about their bodies and how to navigate them in space.
    19. Personal care: Children carry out personal care routines on their own.
    20. Healthy behavior: Children engage in healthy practices.

    D. Language, Literacy, and Communication1
    21. Comprehension: Children understand language.
    22. Speaking: Children express themselves using language.
    23. Vocabulary: Children understand and use a variety of words and phrases.
    24. Phonological awareness: Children identify distinct sounds in spoken language.
    25. Alphabetic knowledge: Children identify letter names and their sounds.
    26. Reading: Children read for pleasure and information.
    27. Concepts about print: Children demonstrate knowledge about environmental print.
    28. Book knowledge: Children demonstrate knowledge about books.
    29. Writing: Children write for many different purposes.
    30. ELL/Dual language acquisition: (If applicable) Children use English and their home language(s) (including sign language).

    E. Mathematics
    31. Number words and symbols: Children recognize and use number words and symbols.
    32. Counting: Children count things.
    33. Part-whole relationships: Children combine and separate quantities of objects.
    34. Shapes: Children identify, name, and describe shapes.
    35. Spatial awareness: Children recognize spatial relationships among people and objects.
    36. Measuring: Children measure to describe, compare, and order things.
    37. Unit: Children understand and use the concept of unit.
    38. Patterns: Children identify, describe, copy, complete, and create patterns.
    39. Data analysis: Children use information about quantity to draw conclusions, make decisions, and solve problems.

    F. Creative Arts
    40. Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art.
    41. Music: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through music.
    42. Movement: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through movement.
    43. Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through pretend play.
    44. Appreciating the arts: Children appreciate the creative arts.

    G. Science and Technology
    45. Observing: Children observe the materials and processes in their environment.
    46. Classifying: Children classify materials, actions, people, and events.
    47. Experimenting: Children experiment to test their ideas.
    48. Predicting: Children predict what they expect will happen.
    49. Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.
    50. Communicating ideas: Children communicate their ideas about the characteristics of things and how they work.
    51. Natural and physical world: Children gather knowledge about the natural and physical world.
    52. Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology.

    H. Social Studies
    53. Diversity: Children understand that people have diverse characteristics, interests, and abilities.
    54. Community roles: Children recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.
    55. Decision making: Children participate in making classroom decisions.
    56. Geography: Children recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment.
    57. History: Children understand past, present, and future.
    58. Ecology: Children understand the importance of taking care of their environment.