Preschool Houses and Homes Curriculum

Content Standards:
New Jersey State Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards:

Social/Emotional Development
0.1.3. Actively engage in activities and interactions with teachers and peers
0.5.1. Play independently and cooperatively in pairs and small groups
0.5.2. Engage in pretend play
0.5.4. Take turns.

Health, Safety, and Physical Education
2.4.2. Develop and refine fine-motor skills (e.g., complete gradually more complex puzzles, use smaller-sized manipulatives during play, and use a variety of writing instruments in a conventional matter).

English Language Arts
RL.PK.1. With prompting and support, ask and answer key elements in a familiar story or poem.
RL.PK.2. With prompting and support, retell familiar stories or poems.
RL.PK.3. With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a familiar story.
RL.PK.10. Actively participate in read aloud experiences using age appropriate literature in individual, small and large groups.
RI.PK.1. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key elements in a familiar text.
RI.PK.2. With prompting and support, recall important facts from a familiar text.
RI.PK.3. With prompting and support, make a connection between pieces of essential information in a familiar text.

Approaches to Learning
9.4.1. Use prior knowledge to understand new experiences or a problem in a new context (e.g., after learning about snakes, children make comparisons when finding a worm on the playground).
9.4.2. Make connections between ideas, concepts, and subjects (e.g., children take pictures from a field trip or nature walk and use them to write and illustrate classroom books).

4.3.1. Sort, order, pattern, and classify objects by non-measurable (e.g., color, texture, type of materials) and measurable attributes (e.g., length, capacity, height).
4.3.2. Begin to use appropriate vocabulary to demonstrate awareness of the measurable attributes of length, area, weight and capacity of everyday objects (e.g., long, short, tall, light, heavy, full).
4.4.1. Respond to and use positional words (e.g., in, under, between, down, behind).
4.4.2. Use accurate terms to name and describe some two-dimensional shapes and begin to use accurate terms to name and describe some three-dimensional shapes (e.g., circle, square, triangle, sphere, cylinder, cube, side point, angle).
4.4.3. Manipulate, compare and discuss the attributes of: (a) two-dimensional shapes (e.g., use two dimensional shapes to make designs, patterns and pictures by manipulating materials such as paper shapes, puzzle pieces, tangrams; construct shapes from materials such as straws; match identical shapes; sort shapes based on rules [something that makes them alike/different]; describe shapes by sides/angles; use pattern blocks to compose/decompose shapes when making and taking apart compositions of several shapes). (b) three-dimensional shapes by building with blocks and with other materials having height, width and depth (e.g., unit blocks, hollow blocks, attribute blocks, boxes, empty food containers, plastic pipe).

5.2.1. Observe, manipulate, sort, and describe objects and materials (e.g., water, sand, clay, paint, glue, various types of blocks, collections of objects, simple household items that can be taken apart, or objects made of wood, metal, or cloth) in the classroom and outdoor environment based on size, shape, color, texture, and weight.

Social Studies, Family, and Life Skills
6.3.1. Develop an awareness of the physical features of the neighborhood/community.
6.4.1. Learn about and respect other cultures within the classroom and community.