Sampling of Curriculum Goals:

4 Year Olds

Children in the four year old class will have the opportunity to develop in many ways throughout the school year. These objectives represent some of the goals children will be exposed to and work on achieving by the end of the school year.

  • Follows detailed, instructional, multistep directions

  • Engages in complex, lengthy conversations (five or more exchanges)

  • Uses acceptable language and social rules during communication with others

  • Verbalizes thoughts and feelings relevant to topic or task

  • Takes responsibility for own well being

  • Dresses and undresses without help, except for tying shoes

  • Understands and follows classroom procedures without prompting

Social & Emotional

Self Help


  • Controls strong emotions in an appropriate manner most of the time

  • Begins to maintain friendships for several months or more

  • Resolves social problems through negotiation and compromise

Fine Motor


  • Identifies and names most uppercase and lowercase letters when presented in random order

  • Knows some features of a book (title, author, illustrator); connects specific books to authors

  • Identifies story-related problems, events, and resolutions during conversations with an adult

  • Writes with letter strings and early invented spelling

  • Groups objects by one characteristic, then regroups them using a different characteristic and indicates the reason

  • Verbally counts to 20; counts 10-20 objects accurately; knows the last number states how many in all

  • Tells what number is next in order by counting

  • Uses multiples of the same unit to measure

  • Uses numbers to compare

  • Knows the purpose of standard measuring tools

  • Extends and creates simple repeating patterns

Sources:  Teaching Strategies GOLD Child Assessment Portfolio and Child Development Review by Harold Ireton, Ph.D.



  • Coordinates complex movements in play and games (e.g. jumps, spins, runs while changing directions or stopping and starting quickly)

  • Swings on swing, pumping by self

  • Rides on bike or tricycle, using pedals

  • Uses small, precise finger and hand movements

  • Holds drawing and writing tools by using a three-point finger grip

  • Uses a three-point finger grip and efficient hand placement when writing and drawing

  • Draws a person that has at least three parts- head, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

  • Begins to cut with scissors along designated line

  • Sustains attention to tasks or projects over time (days to weeks); can return to activities after interruptions

  • Plans and pursues own preschool appropriate goal until it is reached

  • Solves age appropriate problems without having to try every possibility

  • Begins to think age appropriate problems through, considering several possibilities and analyzing results

  • Represents objects, places, and ideas with increasingly abstract symbols

Gross Motor