Mount Olivet Preschool Curriculum

Our Theme Based Curriculum is based on the guidelines of the Minnesota Early Learning Standards: Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, which were developed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

These guidelines form a set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children in the preschool age range of 3‐5. Our teachers work within these guidelines when planning their creative lessons.

In a theme based curriculum, the teachers integrate literacy, science, social studies, math, music, and art all around the topic of the week. Themes are often based on the children’s culture, environment, or shared experiences, and reflect our Christian philosophy.

The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress are divided into six domains that reflect the full range of child development as recommended by national guidelines (Kagan, Moore, and Bredekamp, 1995):

Photo of students in Preschool.Social and emotional Development

  • Learning to make friends, talking and playing with them
  • Accepting and responding to teacher’s instructions or questions
  • Playing and sharing cooperatively
  • Taking turns, with encouragement
  • Expressing and showing a positive self‐image
  • Demonstrating appropriate self‐control over feelings

 Approaches to Learning

  • Curiosity
  • Risk‐Taking
  • Imagination and Invention
  • Persistence
  • Reflection and Interpretation

 Language and Literacy Development

  • Interest in books (reading, listening, following left to right)
  • Recognition of colors
  • Identifying same and different
  • Recognizing and learning to write own name
  • Learning letter recognition and sound
  • Speaking clearly, responding to stories through actions or words

Photo of counting.Cognitive Development

  • Mathematical and Logical Thinking
  • Recognition of shapes and numbers
  • Counting objects
  • Puzzles, sequencing, & sorting

Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Simple science concepts (pouring, sifting, shaking, sorting)
  • Nature themed concepts (preparing for winter, solar system, etc.)

Social Systems Understanding

  • World cultures, transportation, families
  • Music and the arts: singing, dancing, instruments, & art projects

Photo of tricycle.Physical and Motor Development

  • Gross Motor Development: running, hopping, skipping, balancing, riding a trike, throw & catch

Fine Motor Development

  • Properly holding crayons, pencils, scissors and using them
  • Painting with brushes, fingers and other materials
  • Manipulating playdoh
  • Using zippers, snaps, stringing beads

Physical health aPhoto of hand washing.nd Well‐Being

  • Self help skills: hand washing, flushing, wiping, & using tissues
  • Dressing self
  • Nutrition and staying healthy