Curriculum Goals : four years old


Indepenent Thinking
Four year old children undergo dramatic cognitive and socio-emotional changes.
They begin to realize the impact of using language and thinking independently. And as cognitive and language skills develop, social dynamics become more complex, and sometimes more challenging. This challenge may seem a distraction, but it is an important focus for four year olds.
The social and emotional lessons children absorb now – including experiences of building cooperation, problem solving and conflict-resolution skills – will be carried through into adult life.


1. Sense of Self
· Demonstrate ability to adjust to new situations
· Follow routines
· Show trust in adults
· Function with relative independence at school
· Recognize the difference between adults who can help (family, friends, teachers) and those who may not (strangers)
· Identify and label feelings in self and others
· Offer help to friends in need
· Demonstrate the ability to use conflict resolution with peers
· Stand up for one’s own rights and assert them verbally
· Begin to take actions to avoid possible disputes


2. Gross Motor
· Demonstrate basic locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, galloping)
· Climb up and down comfortably
· Demonstrate balancing skills
· Throw and catch a ball
· Run with ease
· Begin to express self through body
· Work cooperatively on a physical task


3. Fine Motor
· Demonstrate self-help skills such as feeding self, removing socks and shoes, washing hands
· Manipulate objects with increasing control
· Hold scissors in one hand, begin cutting on a straight line
· Grasp and manipulate small items
· Begin to make recognizable shapes, including letters, faces or other representational drawings
· Coordinate hand-eye movement
· Manipulate materials intentionally


4. Cognitive Skills
· Observe and examine objects
· Demonstrate problem solving skills
· Observe attentively and seek new information
· Demonstrate the ability to compare and measure using multi-faceted levels of comparison
· Identify items in a series
· Arrange objects along a continuum
· Continue to work on a task even when experiencing difficulties
· Work on a task or project over time
· Create and decode extensive patterns
· Translate representations to a drawing or building
· Use drawings or buildings to represent something specific
· Demonstrate understanding of time
· Use one-to-one correspondence to compare sets
· Count to 20
· Identify written numbers
· Recognize that numbers have mathematical value
· Engage in elaborate and sustained role play


5. Language Skills
· Hear and repeat individual sounds in words
· Use sounds to create new words
· Clearly express complex ideas and questions
· Communicate in full sentences
· Understand and follow verbal directions of two or more steps
· Answer questions with a complete thought (more than yes or no)
· Understand rules and structure of conversation
· Participate in conversation
· Initiate or elaborate on conversation
· Develop a joy for reading
· Recognize that print carries meaning
· Demonstrate knowledge of the alphabet
· Recognize most letters by name and sound


6. Self Care/Personal Responsibility
· Choose and engage in one activity from several options
· Keep track of personal belongings while at school
· Demonstrate respect and care for classroom and materials
· Participate in clean up
· Participate in group activities
· Follow classroom routines without adult assistance
· Create and complete tasks with little adult assistance
· Demonstrate understanding of classroom rules and follows them without guidance


7. Social Behavior
· Work and play cooperatively with one other child and in a small group
· Maintain an ongoing friendship with at least one child
· Recognize what others might be feeling or might need
· Defend another individual’s rights
· Engage in the negotiation process to reach a resolution
· Seek adult assistance when needed
· Suggest a solution to a problem