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Currriculum

Guided by Missouri state standards for pre-kindergarten education and by prevailing theory and research on how children learn, the Rockwood Preschool curriculum emphasizes the development of children's thinking, reasoning, decision making, and problem-solving abilities. The Rockwood Curriculum Coordinators also provided guidance and input to ensure that kindergarten readiness skills are addressed. The curriculum outlines essential skills in the following seven learning domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social/Self-Help Regulation
  • Fine and Gross Motor
  • Language and Literacy
  • Representational Development
  • Mathematics Processes
  • Science Processes

The Rockwood Preschool curriculum engages children actively ensuring that children have opportunities to make meaningful choices and interact with objects and people in experimentation and exploration.

Alignment of Essential Learning Objectives with Experiences in the Classroom

Standard Table Time/Arrival Activities Snack/Lunch Transitions Drop Off/Pick Up Center Time Shared and Individual Reading Pretend Play Card and Board Games Exercise Play Music and Movement Activities Creative Art and Construction Experiences Message of the Day/Play Planning Graphic Practice Teacher-Planned Small Group Exploration Fine Motor - Sensory/Manipulative Play
Social/Self-Help Skills - Develops Self-Regulation
Follows and understands transitions and daily routine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes       Yes   Yes Yes Yes  
Engages in interactive play Yes       Yes   Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes      
Follows self-selected plans for play         Yes   Yes Yes     Yes Yes     Yes
Gross Motor Development
Exhibits spatial awareness   Yes Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes Yes          
Approaches to Learning
Displays persistence Yes       Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fine Motor Development
Develops scissor skills Yes       Yes           Yes     Yes Yes
Develops pencil grasp Yes       Yes           Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Draws/writes with increasing control Yes       Yes           Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Representational Development
Represents using pretend play     Yes   Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Language and Literacy
Follows directions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes  
Communicates conversationally with peers and adults Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes Yes   Yes  
Asks/answers questions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Develops knowledge about letters and sound symbol relationships Yes       Yes Yes Yes     Yes   Yes   Yes  
Uses drawing and writing to communicate Yes       Yes   Yes       Yes Yes   Yes  
Develops comprehension of story         Yes Yes Yes         Yes   Yes  
Math Processes
Develops counting concepts and skills Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Matches, sorts, and regroups Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Explores patterns Yes       Yes Yes   Yes   Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Investigates position and location Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes