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Cute Cassatt and Little Van Gogh

This year your child will be introduced to many important academic skills and behavioral concepts through our holistic curriculum. Children will practice these skills through a variety of supportive activities and experiences with the goal of mastering them by the year’s end. As with all learning, children progress at their own developmental pace. Preschool of the Arts recognizes that every child has unique learning styles and play interests. We will work with your child as an individual to set personalized goals to best advance his/her skillset.

The curriculum is an integrated curriculum, a seamless weave, combining thematic units with language, art, drama, music, math and science.

Children will be able to test their own skills by engaging in both child initiated and teacher directed activities. Independence skills and self-esteem are key factors in success at this stage. The activities presented lay the foundation for future learning. 


Over the course of the year, your child will learn to:  


  • Become interested in new experiences

  • Follow short, simple directions

  • Follow a set routine

  • Take turns in games

  • Understand the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers”

  • Dress and undress self


Social and Emotional

  • Cooperate with other children and get along with others

  • Show affection or concern for friends without prompting

  • Understand a ‘moral rule’ (not being mean)

  • Role play “Mom”, “Dad” or other characters

  • Negotiate solutions to conflicts

  • Become more independent

  • View his/her self as a whole person involving body, mind, and feelings




Emergent Reading

  • Listen to and comprehend a story that is read from a book

  • Recognize the symbol and sound of most of the letters of the alphabet

  • Recognize all the individual letters of their name

  • “Read” their own name and other common, familiar words


Emergent Writing

  • Begin to write by making letter-like shapes ad scribbles

  • Form the basic shapes of capital letters of the alphabet with guidance



  • Begin to have a clearer sense of time

  • Recognize and identify colors and shapes

  • Understand the concept of counting and may learn a few numbers

  • Identify patterns

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes


Scientific Inquiry

  • Use simple tools for observing and investigating

  • Begin to sort objects by color, shape, and size

  • Compare and contrast objects


Gross Motor Skills

  • Hop and stand on one foot up to five seconds

  • Go upstairs and downstairs without support

  • Kick, throw and catch a ball

  • Move forward and backward with agility


Fine Motor Skills

  • Draw circles and squares

  • Copy square shapes

  • Draw a person with two to four body parts

  • Use scissors

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