September Curriculum

TOPICS TO BE TAUGHT

Beginning School Unit (Staggered Enrollment)

Colors and Shapes

Same, Different (Visual Discrimination)

Position Words

Days of Week, Calendar

Weather Graphing

Good Manners

Families, Homes, Neighborhood

First Aid

Personal Safety

Self Concept/Body Parts/Feelings

Numbers 0-10

Numerals 0-5

Begin alphabet instruction

Begin phonics instruction

Language Arts
• Develop skill in gross motor functioning (all year)
• Recognize likenesses and differences of objects and pictures
• Classify objects and pictures
• Follow progression such as left-to-right, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back
• Demonstrate knowledge of concepts of print, including print directionality
• Use crayons and paint brushes correctly
• Practice a variety of prewriting activities to generate ideas (Ex: experience charts, journals, etc.)
• Print own first name
• Recognize own name when printed (first name)
• Use vocabulary necessary to describe self (name)
• Name common objects
• Listen for pleasure and information
• Listen to develop fluency, expression, accuracy, and confidence
• Develop language through gross motor, sensory motor, and perceptual skills
• Develop skill in asking questions, using question words (ex: how, when, where, why, who, what) Use 20 questions format to develop skills in appropriate
questioning

Math
• Learn calendar skills
• Be aware of place value concepts (ex: bundling objects to represent days of school or use tally marks)
• Recognize and show which is larger/smaller, longer/shorter, taller/shorter, etc. when given two similar objects
• Recognize and show  terms of relative position (above, under, right, behind, etc.)
• Count to 10
• Identify numerals 0-5
• Identify, match, and reproduce shapes with given shapes (circle, square, triangle and rectangle)
• Match terms with given shapes
• Explore tangrams, attribute tiles, puzzles, and other manipulative objects to discover flips, slides and turns (Ex: horizontal or vertical "A rectangle is still a rectangle")
• Use a guessing jar to learn the concept of estimation
• Recognize when estimation is appropriate
• Demonstrate a sense of reasonableness of results involving number and measurement

Social Studies
• Know individuals have a space or develop an understanding of space and spatial relationships
• Know individuals live in an environment and environments differ
• Know individuals have a personal history (name, birth date, family members)
• Develop a sense of personal history through the collection and interpretation of family photos and stories
• Identify the individual uniqueness of each family member and recognize the positive qualities of self and others
• Be aware that the laws and rules we follow are decided by the people (school, community, country)
• Recognize the need for rules for daily living and fair treatment of others at home and school
• Recognize that individuals meet their needs/wants in different ways and sometimes this may cause conflicts
• Recognize that people usually work to satisfy needs and wants by doing different jobs
• Recognize that people in neighborhoods are interdependent
• Recognize that neighborhoods began at a certain point in time and change in composition over time
• Be aware individuals choose jobs they like and can do well
• Recognize all jobs are important and some jobs are dependent on other jobs
• Recognize the behavior of individuals may be changed by relationships with others
• Develop an understanding of the spatial relationship of the home to the school
• Recognize each family has a family tree
• Understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks
• Recognize variations of family structures and that family structures change
• Recognize how jobs are similar/different from one community to another
• Be aware of individual differences and similarities
• Recognize the importance of developing and maintaining friendships
• Evaluate ways to resolve conflict
• Demonstrate understanding of decision-making skills
• Be aware that every community has some form of government
• Explain how taxes are collected within communities and at the national level to provide services for citizens
• Explain how community laws determine individual rights and responsibilities
• Identify communities in which students live

Health
• Identify feelings and healthy ways in which they may be expressed
• Recognize the importance of various feelings in family relationships
• Be aware of ways to deal with unpleasant situations
• Explain self protection skills (strangers and/or abuse)
• Understand the importance of personal safety
• Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate  touch (good, bad and confusing)
• Verbalize rules for being safe when home alone
• Apply safety rules for preventing gun injuries
• Recognize situations that should be reported to trusted adults or emergency services
• Verbalize appropriate actions to take when lost
• Explain how to obtain help in an emergency, including appropriate 911 calls
• Know first aid techniques for cuts, scrapes, nose bleeds, stings, and burns and know the use of universal precautions
• Practice appropriate personal hygiene skills to be followed in daily life activity (ex: bathing, shampooing, etc.)
• Identify resources for appropriate health care and maintenance  (Ex: Physical Check-ups; Visits to the Dentist, etc.)
• Name ways to prevent and control head lice

Computer Education
• Identify input devices such as a floppy disk and keyboard
• Identify output devices such as floppy disk drive, monitor, and printer
• Demonstrate proper sequence of turning on equipment
• Demonstrate procedure for turning off equipment
• List the rules for the proper care of computer equipment both hardware and software
• Demonstrate the proper use of the arrow key, forward, back, right, left, pen up, and pen down and mouse use.

Physical Education
• Be aware of the relationship between rhythmic body movement and accompaniment
• Be aware of the role of body movement in the expression of feeling and ideas
• Explore leisure time activities that promote physical fitness and relieve mental and emotional tension
• Identify playground safety rules

Visual Arts
• Recognize line and the characteristics of long, short, thick, thin, zig-zag and wavy lines
• Recognize that closure of a line creates a shape
• Recognize that lines can create happy, sad, angry, surprised, or other feelings
• Recognize that every object has a basic shape
• Recognize that shapes can be found within shapes
• Describe objects in terms of their shape (tipi=triangle, apple=circle, etc.)
• Recognize that basic shapes relate to basic forms (square/cube; triangle/cone; circle/sphere)
• Recognize red, blue, and yellow as primary colors
• Develop skill in mixing primary colors to make secondary colors (red and yellow=orange, yellow and blue=green, blue and red=purple)
• Use white to change a color to a tint
• Use black to change a color to a shade
• Describe space in terms of in-front-of and in-back-of (overlapping)
• Describe space in terms of near and far
• Recognize that all artworks represent personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas
• Recognize that certain aspects of nature are universally considered aesthetically pleasing and are found in natural and man-made environments
• Use creative thinking to produce original art from imagination, memory and observation
• Produce art using a variety of subject matter, themes, events or symbols
• Distinguish the characteristics that make works of art similar or different

Science
• Be aware that natural curiosity causes people to ask questions about the world around them
• Seek answers to questions by making careful observations
• Recognize that when using scientific investigation, predictable results are expected (Ex: mixing colors)
• Realize that everyone can be a scientist, inventing and contributing ideas and seeking to solve problems

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