fUNSCHOOLing: Early Education “Course of Study” with Toddlers, Preschoolers, Pre-K’ers, and Kindergarteners!

AWESOME IDEALS TO ENCOURAGE!

  • Curiosity!
  • Imagination!
  • Creativity!
  • Play!
  • Exploring!
  • Asking Questions!
  • Trying New Activities!
  • Spending Time with Peers!
  • Problem Solving!
  • Using Tools!
  • Laughing and Smiling!
  • Making Memories!
  • Compassion!
  • Empathy!
  • Kindness!
  • LOVE!

CREATIVITY!


SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND OBSERVING

  • Engage Frequently in Dialogue with Others!
  • Enunciate Words by Speaking Clearly, Audibly, and in Complete Sentences!
  • Express Opinions!
  • Talk Descriptively About People, Stories, and Events!
  • Speak to Persuade, Dissuade, or Negotiate!
  • Converse With People of All Ages, Adults and Peers!
  • Communicate With People From Different Backgrounds!
  • Describe Relationships Between Objects, Events, and People
  • Tell Stories! Real and Make-Believe!
  • Ask Questions!
  • Respond to Questions!
  • Utilize and Understand an Increasing Vocabulary!
  • Use Age-Appropriate Rules of Standard English Grammar!
  • Include Exposure to Other Languages, Customs, and Cultures!
  • Use Increasingly Complex Sentence Structure!
  • Listening and Speak Respectfully!
  • Display Understanding of Verbal Directions!
  • Retell Stories or Directions as Heard After Listening!
  • Sequence Events After Listening!
  • Show Attentiveness to Presented Information!
  • Comprehend Pictures, Symbols, and Visual References!
  • Ask Questions About Visual Presentations!
  • Draw Conclusions From Visual Presentations!

WRITING

  • Draw, Verbally Dictate, or Write About What You Read!
  • Draw Representations of Ideas or Words!
  • Understand That Writing Communicates Meaning!
  • Write Letters to Represent Words!
  • Use Drawings and Letters to Represent Events, Objects, People, Ideas, or Stories!
  • Print Your Own Name!
  • Practice Uppercase and Lowercase Letters!
  • Link Letters and Sounds to Form Words, Phrases, and Sentences!

READING READINESS

  • Look at Pictures in Books and Pretend to Read!
  • Read to Each Other!
  • Read Together Frequently!
  • Own and Care For Your Own Books!
  • Read Different Kinds of Texts!
  • Understand That Words Have Meaning!
  • Connect Written Words to Spoken Words!
  • Ask and Answer Questions About What You’ve Read!
  • Verbally Retell Familiar Stories!
  • Define the Meanings of Simple Words!
  • Recognize Names and Common Words in Print!
  • Recite the Alphabet!
  • Recognize and Name Letters of the Alphabet!
  • Match Uppercase Letters With Their Lowercase Letters!
  • Understand Letters Form Words and Words Form Sentences!
  • Identify Words Related to Pictures!
  • Follow Words From Left to Right!
  • Follow Text from Top to Bottom of Page!
  • Recognize That Letters Have Sounds!
  • Sound Out Words, One Letter at a Time!
  • Identify Beginning, Middle, and Ending Sounds in a Word!
  • Group and Think of Words that Rhyme!
  • Hear and Say Distinct Syllables in Words!

NUMBER SENSE

  • Understand That a Number Represents a Quantity!
  • Recognize and Name Written Numerals!
  • Count Objects on a One-to-One Correspondence!
  • Count to Recognize How Many Objects are in a Set!
  • Count Numbers in Order to 20!
  • Understand the Concept of Zero!
  • Tell What Number Comes After a Number!
  • Recognize Quantity of a Group Without Counting (up to 4)!
  • Estimate the Number of Objects in a Small Set!
  • Compare Quantities in Two Sets of Objects!

MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS AND ALGEBRA


GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Identify and Name Basic Shapes!
  • Describe Parts and Characteristics of Shapes!
  • Sort Items According to Their Shapes!
  • Find Shapes All Around You!
  • Combine Different Shapes to Create a Picture or Design!
  • Describe Positions of Objects! (in, on, under, up, down, inside, outside, behind, in front, between, beside)

MEASUREMENT


PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH

  • Jump, Walk in a Straight Line, and Hop on One Foot!
  • Throw, Catch, Bounce, and Kick a Ball!
  • Climb Stairs!
  • Stand on One Foot!
  • Walk Backwards!
  • Maintain Balance While Sitting, Standing, and Moving!
  • Dress Independently, Using Buttons, Zippers, and Snaps!
  • Build Structures With Blocks!
  • Safely Navigate Age-Appropriate Playground Equipment!
  • Engage in Large-Motor Movements like Dancing or Marching!
  • Pedal a Wheeled Toy!
  • Use Pencils, Crayons, and Paintbrushes!
  • Complete Simple Puzzles!
  • Use Blunt Scissors and Eating Utensils Successfully!
  • Paste Objects!
  • Trace or Copy Simple Shapes!
  • Participate Regularly in Physical Activities!
  • Identify and Compare Sights, Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Textures!
  • Identify Body Parts and Their Functions!
  • Help Prevent the Spread of Germs!
  • Recognize and Follow Health and Hygiene Practices!
  • Grow Independence in Healthy Practices! (hand washing, teeth brushing, nose care, and using the bathroom)
  • Learn, Describe, and Follow Safety Rules and Emergency Procedures!
  • Know How to Get Help in an Emergency!
  • Know How to Dial 9-1-1 and Give Name and Address Information!

SCIENCE PROCESSES AND SKILLS

  • Show Curiosity!
  • Use Senses and Tools to Observe, Investigate, Ask Questions, Solve Problems, and Draw Conclusions!
  • Describe What You Wants to Learn From a Science Investigation!
  • Ask “Why?” “How?” and “What if?” Questions!
  • Try to Answer “How?” and “Why?” About Science Events!
  • Collect, Describe, and Record (Write or Draw) Information!
  • Explain, Predict, and Generalize About an Event or Experience!

LIFE SCIENCE

  • Describe the Differences Between Living and Non-Living Things!
  • Describe Basic Needs of Living Things!
  • Understand That Living Things Grow and Change!
  • Observe, Describe, Compare, and Discuss Living Things!
  • Match Plants and Animals to Their Habitats!
  • Describe How Animals Resemble Their Parents!
  • Identify Ways Living Things Change as They Grow!
  • Recognize Seasonal Changes in Plants and Animals!
  • Name External Parts of Plants and Animals!
  • Describe Simple Life Cycles! (butterfly or frog)
  • Show Respect for Living Things!

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • Observe, Describe, and Compare Physical Properties of Objects! (size, texture, shape, weight, color, freezing and melting, sinking or floating)
  • Compare and Sort Objects According to Physical Attributes!
  • Identify Sources of Energy Such as Light, Heat, and Electricity!
  • Identify and Compare Solids and Liquids!
  • Understand That Liquids Take the Shape of Their Containers!
  • Describe Effects of Common Forces! (pushing and pulling, kicking, wind, gravity, magnetism)

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  • Observe and Describe Time Patterns and Objects in the Sky (day to night, sun, moon, stars)
  • Observe Attributes of Earth Materials (soil, rocks, air, water)
  • Use Tools to Observe Soil Characteristics (color, texture)

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT


SELF, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY

  • Identify Family and Community!
  • Recognize Similarities and Differences in Families!
  • Describe Your Community!
  • Identify Your Own Cultural Family Traditions!
  • Discuss Community Traditions!
  • Recognize Community Workers!

GEOGRAPHY


HISTORY

  • Tell the Difference Between Past, Present, and Future Events!
  • Show Basic Awareness of Personal and Family History!
  • Identify Events That Happened in the Past!
  • Describe Common Events and Routines! (Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday, Last Week, Next Week)
  • Describe How Things Change Over Time!
  • Put Events in Sequential Order!

ECONOMICS

  • Pretend Play Markets, Stores, Bakeries, or Other Businesses!

CITIZENSHIP

  • Know Your Community Workers!

TECHNOLOGY

  • Follow Directions to Operate Digital Apps!
  • Listen to Texts Presented in Electronic Formats!
  • Use Basic Computer Skills! (Turn Computer On, Use Keyboard, Hold Mouse)
  • Create Songs, Drawings, or Stories on Digital Apps!
  • Communicate Digitally!
  • Know Age-Appropriate Practices for Digital Safety!

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TOOLS!


ART

Ready 2 Learn Textured Art Tools – Set of 4 – Jumbo Paint Brushes


PRETEND PLAY

Learning Resources New Sprouts Camp Out!

Meland Kids Camping Set with Tent 24pcs – Camping Gear Play Set

Born Toys Dress up First Responder 3 in 1 Deluxe Premium Fireman, Police, Doctor KIT

JOYIN 29 Pieces Medical Toy Kids Doctor Pretend Play Kit

Joyjoz Kids Doctor Kit with Electronic Stethoscope Pretend Play Medical Kit Set

Learning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin Up Fun Food Truck

Melissa & Doug Snacks & Sweets Food Cart

BeebeeRun Pretend Play Waffle Time Kitchen Set

Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set

Wooden Dessert Play Set for Kids

Fisher-Price Cake Pop Shop – 24-Piece Pretend Dessert Bakery Play Set

2-in-1 Puppet Theater and Play Store, Multi-Function Theater

Pretend Play My First Purse Set – Fashionably Stylish Handbag with Makeup Smartphone Wallet Keys Credit Card Playset

Learning Resources Pretend and Play, Play Money, Counting, Math, Currency, 150 Pieces


LANGUAGE

The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids: A Journal to Teach Children to Practice Gratitude and Mindfulness

Kraft Paper Notebook, Happy Journal

One Question a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal: Create Your Own Personal Time Capsule

Me: A Compendium: A Fill-in Journal for Kids

Big Life Journal, Second Edition: A Growth Mindset Journal for Children

Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal

Express Yourself!: Joyful Journaling for Kids


GEOGRAPHY

Learning Resources Puzzle Globe, 3D Geography Puzzle

VTech Light and Flight Discovery Globe

i-Poster My World Interactive Map – Educational Talking Toy

Me on the Map


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