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Four Year Olds

Program Overview

In the four year old classes, teachers are preparing students for their first year of formal education.  A variety of learning experiences enable students to expand their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.  

Social/Emotional Development

Encourage appropriate self-help skills

  • Share materials and toys with others
  • Follow two to three step instructions
  • Contribute to classroom discussions
  • Understand same and different
  • Walk in a line quietly with self control
  • Attention to a  story for 10 minutes
  • Use restroom independently including washing hands without reminders
  • Complete work within a reasonable amount of time
  • Participate with effort in art and other activities
  • Clean up after self

Encourage positive behavior - develop respect for others and for property

  • Listen while others speak
  • Handle materials with care
  • Use please and thank you
  • Use kind hands and words
  • Learn to share and take turns
  • Play in group settings 
  • Develop problem-solving skills

Physical Development

Fine Motor Skills

  • Use correct tripod pencil grip
  • Trace lines accurately and with control
  • Write and spell first name (first capital and the rest lower case)
  • Use scissors correctly cutting straight and curvy lines
  • Color in the lines and uses a variety of different colors
  • Master 25 to 30 piece puzzles

Gross Motor Skills

  • Tip-toe, hop on one foot, balance on one foot
  • Catch a bean bag or ball
  • Follow along and participate in music and movement activities
  • Dress themselves by putting on sweaters and outerwear
  • Walk up and down steps using alternating feet

Intellectual Development

Correct grammar is modeled 

Reading Readiness/Alphabet

  • Speech is understandable
  • Identify rhyming words 
  • Identify opposites
  • Tell and re-tell simple stories in sequence
  • Recognize capital and lowercase letters
  • Know the sounds of most letters
  • Listens for sounds at the beginning and ending of words

Math Concepts

  • Count by rote to at least 30
  • Count sets of objects and match numerals to sets
  • Recognize numbers 1-20
  • Correctly write numbers 1-10 and can identify these numbers in random order
  • Match objects one to one
  • Classify objects (type/color)
  • Create simple patterns (AB) and recognize and complete complex patterns (AAB, ABB, ABC)
  • Recognize and produce basic shapes (circle, oval, triangle, square, and rectangle)
  • Recognize position words/ordinals
  • Recognize penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar


  • Houghton-Mifflin Pre-K Language Arts Curriculum
  • Weekly themes
  • Sign Language
  • Learns the Pledge of Allegiance, Pledge of Texas, and Pledge to the Bible
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Chapel
  • Art
    • Identify the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, white, black, gray, and brown
    • Color in the lines and use a variety of different colors
    • Draw a person with a face, arms and legs

Spiritual Development

Daily Bible time

Prayers throughout the day

Praise songs

Christian values modeled

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