• Tricia Jones

🍎 No Hibernating for 4-year-olds at GFCC! Look at January's Curriculum and Learn Who Does!

🍎 GFCC's monthly curriculum is designed to nurture the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers. These components are equally important in building a child's kindergarten readiness skills. We want them confident in their ability to thrive in a kindergarten environment where academic demands are higher and independent skills are necessary.

🍎 Each age level has a set of developmental goals that teachers use when making their lesson plans. These goals help guide teachers in planning activities that help children achieve the appropriate developmental benchmarks for the year.

🍎 Click on the link to read more about the curriculum at GFCC.


🍎 At the beginning of the school year in September, teachers will begin working with our 4-year-old children on:

  • Social Skills Development

  • Family, Community and Country

  • Pre-K and 1st Grade Handwriting Without Tears

  • Preschool version of Letterland phonics (used by WCPSS)

  • Vocabulary

  • Math and Science

  • Social Studies

  • Music and Creative Movement.

🍎 Each month, the GFCC curriculum builds on the previous months' goals and lessons taught.

🍎 Take a look at January's Thematic Units:

  • Winter and Snow

  • Forest animals

  • Hibernation and Migration

  • Eskimos

  • Penguins

  • 3 Forms of Matter

  • Germs and Good Health

  • Reinforce playground and safety rules

  • Add helpers to put the chairs upside down on the tables at the end of the day

  • Work with children's ability to put on their own coats, buttoning and zipping

  • Continue with "Emotions" and expand by introducing "needs and wants"

  • Continue our Second Step lessons (a social-emotional learning program)

  • Continue with "Friends" and expand by role playing situations

  • Continue independent skills learned in September, October, November and December.

🍎 For Language, here are a few of the things a 4-year-old would experience:

  • Children will be taught that sentences are recognized by starting with an uppercase/capital letter and end with some form of punctuation (period, exclamation point, question mark)

  • Introduce the sequence of a story -- What happened first, next, last?

  • Use riddles to give clues about words that begin with the letter of the day/week

  • Make a classroom book

  • Continue to provide scrap paper for writing

  • Continue with Title of the book, Title page, Author and Illustrator

  • Continue Handwriting Without Tears, working in small groups

  • Continue encouraging the correct pencil grip

  • Continue the idea that words can be joined together to make sentences and those sentences communicate an idea

  • Continue phonetic sounds

  • Continue working on attention spans of up to 20 minutes.

🍎 In Math:

  • Introduce number recognition and numbers up to 25 by using a variety of activities

  • Introduce proper method of writing numbers up to 25 using the Handwriting Without Tears program

  • Patterning objects in a more advanced "a-a-b-b-c-d; a-a-b-b-c-d" pattern and similar patterns

  • Continue calendar concepts of time by pointing out that "Yesterday was _____, today is _____, and tomorrow will be _____." (Yesterday has already happened. Today is happening. And tomorrow has not happened yet.)

  • Continue with graphing and sorting, using varying sizes of pinchers and tongs.

🍎 In Science:

  • Experiments with the 3 forms of H2O

  • Make crystals

  • Introduce magnifying glasses -- what they do and how to use them -- look at crystals or snowflakes

  • Discuss covering noses and mouths when we cough or sneeze and washing hands afterward

  • Introduce "hibernation" with forest animals -- Who? What? Where? Why?

  • Introduce "migration" -- whales, butterflies, birds, etc.

  • Discuss what animals hibernate: mammals (what are the characteristics of a mammal?), reptiles (characteristics?), amphibians, birds, or fish (characteristics?). What is hibernation?

  • What is migration? What animals migrate? (whales, birds, butterflies...mammals, insects, etc.).

🍎 In Social Studies/History:

  • Introduce the culture of a people who live in cold climates and how they adapt to the cold.

🍎 In Art:

  • Introduce children to tracing their own pattern on construction paper and then cutting it out for their art projects

  • Teach "Feely alphabet" chants, songs or poems of some type to go along with phonetic sounds

  • Continue to encourage and assist students in cutting their own pieces from a pre-traced pattern for their project art

  • Continue having students write their name on their own art work and be responsible for it

  • Continue teaching proper use of art materials and processes

  • Make available creative or free art table with a variety of supplies. Encourage free expression of art supplies and creative thinking.

🍎 Below, please enjoy these January pictures that demonstrate some of the winter art that our 4-year-old children create.




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