Preschool Curriculum

Mulberry’s preschool curricular themes concentrate on many areas essential to early childhood education.  Activity centers help children learn through play, developing the skills that will later be necessary for “big kid school”.  Lessons in art, cooking and science follow a developmental progression, each month providing new experiences that advance skills already mastered.  Children explore and are encouraged to be curious, learning amazing things while they play.

Daily centers include:

  • Sensory Activity
  • Science Experience
  • Art / Paint Activity
  • Imaginative Play
  • Literacy Center / Book Corner
  • Manipulatives / Block Play
  • Large and Small Motor Activity
  • Playdough

Other highlights:

  • Multi-cultural celebrations
  • Annual train trip for all classes

Mulberry’s preschool faculty understands the importance of creating new opportunities for children.  Our wide range of activities foster exploration and discovery.  With new experiences, self-confidence solidifies, curiosity is stimulated and preschoolers’ skills grow along with their physical and cognitive development.  It might look like they’re just playing, but throughout each class, children practice important social-emotional skills, stimulating brain development, and acquiring important language and cognitive abilities that will help prepare them for a life-long love of learning.

August & September

Art

Develop fine motor skills and mastery of two- dimensional art using crayons, markers, chalk, pencils and pens.

Cooking

Practice small motor and hand-eye coordination tasks by spreading, dipping, tearing, and breaking.

Science

Introduce classification and sorting techniques and develop observation skills by working with colors, shapes, sizes and weights.

Motor

Practice body stability, coordination and control through movement exploration.

October

Art

Introduce 3-dimensional concepts such as texture, depth, and spatial relation by tearing, cutting, gluing and pasting.

Cooking

Begin following multi-step picture recipes set from left to right as a precursor to reading. Continue small motor development by squeezing, pouring and wrapping.

Science

Develop body awareness and stimulate sensory systems with a focus on the human body and our senses.

Motor

Experience, process and interpret different touch sensations through crawling, creeping and various tactile activities.

November

Art

Enhance tactile experiences and appreciation for nature by exploring and creating with nature.

Cooking

Develop bilateral integration (the ability for the two sides of the body to communicate and work together) and midline through kneading and rolling with both hands.

Science

Develop body awareness and stimulate sensory systems with a focus on food and nutrition.

Motor

Stimulate the vestibular (balance) system through a variety of balance and rocking activities.

December

Art

Continue development of fine motor and cognitive skills through tracing, recognizing and building patterns with paper such as collages and mosaics.

Cooking

Introduce pre-math and pre-reading skills by following recipes involving measuring, mixing, stirring, and shaking.

Science

Experiment with light and observe its relationship with water, color, shadows and our planet.

Motor

Develop upper-body strength, spatial awareness and motor planning by climbing and working with ladders.

January

Art

Build visual (depth) perception and visual planning skills by carving, molding, and sculpting.

Cooking

Further bilateral integration and hand-arm coordination and strength by beating with an egg-beater and begin cooking to observe how using heat changes things.

Science

Practice observation, prediction and exploration of the natural world through physics, motions and chemistry.

Motor

Continue building upper-body strength with the use of scooter boards

February

Art

Explore original artwork and create reproductions with printing and stamping.

Cooking

Strengthen motor and cognitive skills and practice crossing the midline by rolling with a rolling pin and cutting with cutters.

Science

Introduce scientific methods and consider the interdependence of organisms by exploring and discussing plant life and dinosaurs.

Motor

Develop large muscle groups and coordination with mat experiences and tumbling activities.

March

Art

Practice fine motor coordination through use of multiple materials, and build visual and mathematical skills by creating and discovering patterns with cloth, string, yarn, and weaving.

Cooking

Introduce a variety of cooking tools and continue developing motor skills by cutting, grating, chopping and peeling with a scraper.

Science

Observe differences and similarities between plants and animals by exploring and considering animals and life cycles, insects and endangered species.

Motor

Practice body awareness, balance, stability and develop lower body strength by jumping, hopping and using hoops and ropes.

April

Art

Explore multi-sensory art with a variety of textures, colors, sounds, smells and activities.

Cooking

Explore the inside and outside of foods, predict findings and discuss the different attributes of foods by peeling with fingers, cracking and juicing.

Science

Discover earth’s larger framework by exploring earth, ocean and marine life, space and other planets.

Motor

Build arm strength, hand-eye coordination, eye tracking ability and balance by throwing balls and bean bags.

May & June

Art

Review favorites.

Cooking

Combine all practiced cooking skills, follow more complicated recipes / projects and review favorites.

Science

Experiment with attributes of air, water and transportation. Learn about and enjoy various aspects of camping.

Motor

Practice crossing the vertical midline of the body and review favorites.