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(Please remember your child has an entire year to accomplish these!)

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:
(Please note that children learn to read at different times.  Not every 4-year-old is developmentally ready to read - do not push your child to read)

  • The child should accomplish the following phonics skills:
    • Consonant/vowel blends. Either beginning blends like ba be bi bo bu or ending blends like at it as op ig. (It depends on which method of teaching phonics you prefer.)
    • Short vowel words; for example, hat bat sun can top.
    • Double ending consonants that make one sound; for example, bill duck bell tack Matt.
    • Long vowel sounds.
    • Two vowel words with the first vowel being long and the second being silent; for example, boat gate feet name.
  • Knows the following sight words; I, a, the.
  • Can read sentences with the above words; for example, Is the cat in the sun? Can the duck get in the mud? His name is Joe. Joe has a red coat.
  • Can read beginning readers that cover the above phonics concepts.
  • Recognizes ending punctuation; period, question mark and exclamation point.
  • Can match a written word to its picture.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Penmanship improving. Uses a preschool pencil while writing.
  • Can copy all letters, upper and lower case. Copies complete words and complete sentences.
  • Can write all letters from memory.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Can count out loud to 100.
  • Recognizes written numbers to 100.
  • Adds numbers through 10; first with story problems like "Kelly has one apple; if Katie gives Kelly another apple, how many apples will Kelly have?" then equations like 1+1=2. Accomplishes this with the use of manipulatives, (buttons etc.)
  • Can read addition equations and used proper terminology. (Five plus one equals six.)
  • Writes numbers to 20 from memory.
  • Matches written numbers (numerals, not number words) to corresponding sets of objects.
  • Able to tell time on the whole hour and on the half hour.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Understands the concept of creation.
  • Understands the concept that seeds grow into plants.
  • Understands the concept that babies grow up into adults, whether it be human or animal.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Understand the concept of rules and consequences in regard to living in a community. (Obeying stop signs, not littering etc.)
  • Familiar with several different countries.
  • Knows a little bit about the state you live in. (The name, where it is located on the map.)

Bible instruction and spiritual growth training during the four preschool/kindergarten years consists of a basic overview of the major stories and characters of the Old and New Testaments as well as the study of Christian character traits and basic doctrinal truths. Teaching the school subject of "Bible And Spiritual Growth" is not a substitution for daily, family devotional time nor Christian service/mission work. 


Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Daily prayers should have more ad libbing and less use of memorized prayers.
  • Should understand that prayer is talking to God and that we need to thank and praise Him as well as asking Him to help us with our needs.
  • Child is learning some doctrinal truths like "Jesus died on the cross for our sins," "Jesus came back to life after he died" and the Trinity.
  • Understands the concept of sin and forgiveness.
  • Knows many Bible stories and characters and should be able to tell you in his own words simple Bible stories instead of just being able to answer questions about them.
  • Memorizing longer Bible verses and retaining them longer.
  • Knows many children's Bible songs and choruses from popular hymns.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Can "color in the lines."
  • Can draw shapes from memory.
  • Can fold papers in half correctly.
  • Can draw simple pictures from memory like houses, people, trees, flowers etc. (Good enough to be recognizable)
  • Can line up objects in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.
  • Recognizes patterns; i.e. if you put a red Lego block then a blue then a yellow then a red then a blue the child should know that yellow would come next.
  • Recites full name, full address, telephone number and parents' full names.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • More hands on crafts requiring more dexterity and small muscle coordination. (Working with smaller pieces)
  • Creates less mess when painting etc.
  • Uses art/crafts supplies and tools correctly and knows their proper care.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Increased recognition of contrasts; loud vs. soft, fast vs. slow, high pitch vs. low pitch.
  • Increased familiarity with all the different kinds of instruments and the sounds that they make.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Enjoys outdoor games; duck-duck-goose, ring-around-the-rosy, hide-and-go-seek etc.
  • Participates in organized exercise; aerobics, calisthenics.
  • Understands taking turns and sportsmanship.
  • Increased coordination; hopping in one foot, walking along a balance beam or straight line.
  • Increased simple tumbling skills; cartwheels.
  • Dances in time/rhythm to music.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • More independence accomplishing the K3 skills.
  • Helps empty the small trash cans in the house.
  • Takes care of the pets. (Feed, water and brushing; mom and dad to help with the bathing and nail clipping.)
  • Helps wash the family vehicle.
  • Helps out in the yard. (Sweeping sidewalks, helping in the garden, picking up small, fallen branches etc.)
  • Answers the telephone correctly.

Mastery of all K2 and K3 skills in addition to:

  • Able to take care of all personal hygiene needs without assistance. (However, parents should continue to watch the child brush their teeth until age six to ensure the child consistently brushes correctly). Girls will still need help putting hair up into ponytails.

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