Level 1 / Preschool

Ages 3 - 6

Typical Course of Study / Scope & Sequence  Reading List

Suggested Schedule

                                                                

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Typical Course of Study / Scope & Sequence

The following is a list of skills and concepts that a student should be able to perform before moving on to the next level. This Course of Study is meant to act as a tool to help guide student learning.  This is not a hard and fast rulebook to adhere to. 

Remember, learning should be fun. Focus on concepts that are fun, that flow with ease. When met with resistance or difficulty, set it aside for a few days or weeks, then revisit. 

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By the end of Level One, ideally, students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the following skills and concepts:

 

Student can:

  • Identify the colors:

    • Black

    • White

    • Red

    • Pink

    • Grey

    • Yellow

    • Blue

    • Orange

    • Purple

    • Green

 

Student can: 

  • Identify their right hand from their left hand

  • Recite their own full name

  • Recite parents’ names

  • Recite their siblings’ names

  • Recite the names of friends and close extended family members

  • Recite their pets’ names

  • Recite address

  • Recite the days of the week

  • Name the four seasons

  • Identify basic units of currency (Pennies, dimes, etc)

 

Student can:  

  • Read their own name

  • Write their own name

  • Count to 100

  • Can actively listen to stories

  • Use and hold a book properly 

  • Rhyme simple words

 

Student can:

( Fine & Gross Motor Skills)

  • Skip

  • Use clay

  • Color

  • Paint

  • Sew

  • Build (with blocks or Legos)

  • Cut with scissors

  • Plant a seed

  • Help cook simple dishes

 

Student can:

  • Wash their hands

  • Brush or comb their hair

  • Bathe themself

  • Dress themself

  • Button buttons

  • Make their bed

  • Tie their shoes

  • Be polite (use please, thank you, excuse me, etc.)

  • Put their books and toys away

  • Share and take turns

  • Chew their food quietly, with lips closed

  • Show kindness to my friends and family

  • Show kindness and gentlness to animals

  • Exercise personal safety: (don’t go along with strangers, how to cross the road safely, internet safety)

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Reading List

The following is a list of skills and concepts that a student should be able to perform before moving on to the next level. This Course of Study is meant to act as a tool to help guide student learning.  This is not a hard and fast rulebook to adhere to. 

Remember, reading should be fun. Read the interesting and entertaining books, and skip the boring. ​

Carefully selected: Award winning, popular, timeless, affordable, commonly found at the library, and of course, Amazon. 

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Workbook

School Zone - Big Preschool Workbook - Ages 3 - 5, by School Zone 

Colors

 

A Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Freight Train, by Donald Crews

I Spy Colors in Art, by Lucy Micklethwait 

Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss

Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert*

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt

Days of the Week

Busy Builders, Busy Week! by Jean Reidy

Cookie's Week, by Cindy Ward

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Today Is Monday, by Eric Carle 

Seasons

Winter

 

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, by Kenard Pak 

Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner

Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen

Snowmen All Year, by Caralyn Buehner 

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons, by Il Sung Na 

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats 

Winter Dance, by Marion Dane Bauer 

 

Spring

And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano

Everything Spring, by Jill Esbaum

Mouse's First Spring, by Lauren Thompson

Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert*

Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story, by Will Hillenbrand

When Spring Comes, by Kevin Henkes 

 

Summer

Mouse's First Summer, by Lauren Thompson 

And Then Comes Summer, by Tom Brenner 

Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey 

Summer Days and Nights, by Wong Herbert Yee 

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse 

Carl's Summer Vacation, by Alexandra Day

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Fall

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak

In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes  

It's Fall! by Linda Glaser  

Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert  

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert  

The Little Yellow Leaf, by Carin Berger

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger  

  • Identify basic units of currency (Pennies, dimes, etc)

 

A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B Williams

A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? by LERNER PUBLICATIONS

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst

Bunny Money,by Rosemary Wells

One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money, by Bonnie Worth

The Coin Counting Book, by Rozanne Lanczak Williams

The Go-Around Dollar, by Barbara Johnston Adams

  • Identify simple opposites

 

The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites, by Dr. Seuss

Big Dog . . . Little Dog, by P.D. Eastman

  • Count to 20

Curious George Learns to Count from 1 to 100, by H.A. Rey

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, by Bill Martin Jr. & Michael Sampson

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle 

Anno's Counting Book, by Mitsumasa Anno

One Duck Stuck, by Phyllis Root 

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On, by Lois Ehlert 

Mouse Count, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten? by Jane Yolen

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, by Eric Carle

10 Little Rubber Ducks, by Eric Carle 


 

  • Can actively listen to stories

  • Use and hold a book properly 

  • Rhyme simple words

The Real Mother Goose, by Blanche Fisher Wright

The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss 

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr.Seuss 
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss

Fox in Socks, by Dr. Seuss  

Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney

There's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss  

Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss 

 

 

Student can:

( Fine & Gross Motor Skills)

  • skip

  • use clay

  • Color

 

My First Toddler Coloring Book: Fun with Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Colors, and Animals! by Tanya Emelyanova 

 

  • paint

  • sew

  • build (with blocks or Legos)

  • cut with scissors

Scissors Skill Color & Cut out and Glue, by Denis Jean 

Preschool Cutting and Pasting, by Highlights Learning

School Zone - Cut & Paste Skills Workbook, by Joan Hoffman

  • plant a seed

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle 

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants, by Bonnie Worth  

From Seed to Plant, by Gail Gibbons  

How a Seed Grows, by Helene J. Jordan

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss 

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants, by Bonnie Worth 

  • Help cook simple dishes

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr.Seuss  

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett 

Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola

Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco 

Eating the Alphabet, bLois Ehlert 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff 

The Toddler Cookbook, by Annabel Karmel 

Mom and Me Cookbook, by Annabel Karmel  


 

Student can:

  • wash their hands

  • Brush or comb their hair

  • Brush teeth

The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan Berenstain 

Just Going to the Dentist, by Mercer Mayer 

Curious George Visits the Dentist, by H. A. Rey  

The Tooth Book, by Dr. Seuss 

Doctor De Soto, by William Steig


 

  • bathe themself

Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus, by Margie Palatini 

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems  

Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion

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  • dress themself

  • Button buttons

  • make their bed

  • tie their shoes

  • be polite (use please, thank you, excuse me, etc.)

The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners, by Stan & Jan Berenstain 

The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle  

No, David! by David Shannon 

General:

How to Be a Big Kid, by DK  

Dinosaurs Alive and Well!: A Guide to Good Health, by Marc Brown & Laurie Krasny Brown 

Clifford's Manners, by Norman Bridwell 

  • Put their books and toys away

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, by Stan Berenstain

 

  • share and take turns

Pig the Pug, by Aaron Blabey

  • chew their food quietly, with lips closed

  • Show kindness to my friends and family

  • Show kindness and gentlness to animals

 

Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss 

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein 

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak 

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña

Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson

The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig

Exercise personal safety: (don’t go along with strangers, how to cross the road safely, internet safety

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, by Stan Berenstain

Dinosaurs, Beware! by Marc Brown  

General 

 

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss

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