Pre-K Goals & Objectives

Pre-K Goals and Objectives 

Language Arts


  • Speaks clearly and audibly in complete sentences

  • Uses language to problem solve, explain, construct relationships, and communicate

  • Uses new vocabulary and grammatical constructions

  • Participates in focused group discussions

  • Engages in dialogue with others by building on prior conversations, stories and directions

  • Talks about familiar experiences, including details



  • Maintains eye contact with others

  • Demonstrates active listening strategies, making comments and asking questions connected to the subject matter

  • Understands and follows oral directions

  • Responds to information through discussion, drawing, and writing




Print Concepts

  • Follows words from left to right, top to bottom

  • Demonstrates matching of spoken words to printed words

  • Identifies words beginning with same sounds


Phonemic Awareness

  • Identifies and makes rhymes

  • Notices words with same sounds



  • Recognizes and identifies most letters of the alphabet

  • Matches some sounds to appropriate letters

  • Understands that sounds in words are represented by letters

  • Begins to use initial consonant sounds to read words


Word Recognition

  • Recognizes frequently encountered personally meaningful words

  • Reads simple high frequency words



  • Uses language to inform and relate experiences

  • Notices when simple sentences fail to make sense

  • Correctly answers questions about books read aloud

  • Makes predictions based on illustrations or portions of stories



  • Independently writes many letters

  • Contributes to group writing experiences

  • Expresses thoughts and ideas using drawings, letters, or words

  • Uses lists and notes to make plans

  • Writes simple sentences

  • Writes independently using invented or approximate spelling

  • Is enthusiastic about learning to write



  • Knows the parts of a book

  • Names book titles and authors

  • Relates events in stories to experiences

  • Listens to and discusses stories

  • Composes  and tells original stories




Patterns and Relationships

  • Understands concepts of first and last

  • Identifies, describes, extends and creates patterns

  • Matches, sorts, places in a series, and regroups objects with explanation

  • Participates in math games

  • Sequences numbers and events



  • Recognizes geometric shapes

  • Identifies and sorts objects, describes their similarities and differences

  • Names and demonstrates the relative position of objects



  • Understands concepts of days and parts of day

  • Compares objects by size, weight, length and capacity

  • Begins to use clocks to tell time


Data Analysis and Statistics

  • Participates in gathering and sorting data

  • Conducts surveys to solve problems and answer questions

  • Can find fewest and most on a bar graph


Number Sense and Numeration

  • Uses one-to-one correspondence to count, compare, and order objects

  • Reads and writes many numbers 0-10

  • Counts sets up to 20




Scientific Skills and Methods

  • Uses senses and some measuring tools to gather information

  • Observes and discusses similarities and differences and compares

  • Participates in simple investigations


Scientific Knowledge

  • Asks questions about living and non-living things around them

  • Describes properties of moving objects, such as direction and speed

  • Expands knowledge of and abilities to describe, observe and discuss the natural world, materials, living things and natural processes

  • Expands knowledge of and respect for the environment and living things

  • Develops growing awareness of ideas and language related to attributes of time and temperature

  • Shows increased awareness and beginning understanding of changes in materials and cause and effect relationships


Creative Arts


Creative Expression

  • Experiments with and gains ability in the use of a variety of art materials

  • Explores ways to make sounds with voice and other instruments

  • Describes moods and feelings that pieces of art and music evoke

  • Shares personal impressions about art and music experiences

  • Takes pride in one’s own experiences and ways of expressing oneself through the arts

  • Demonstrates growing ability to plan, work independently, and show care and persistence in art media

  • Uses increasingly sophisticated planning, tools and techniques to create art; adds details

  • Infuses music, movement and art into routines, activities, stories

  • Creates skits, stories, short plays



  • Recognizes the basic shapes and lines in their environment, objects, and living things; uses these elements to aid in representation of  what they see

  • Progresses in abilities to create drawings, paintings, models and other artistic creations

  • Expresses what is felt in various musical genres through movement or dancing

  • Sings a diverse repertoire of songs, including simple original compositions

  • Shows growth in moving in time to patterns of beat and rhythm in music

  • Identifies and imitates simple rhythms, tunes, patterns, tempi, and dynamics in music

  • Matches pitch at times when singing

  • Creates own props to support dramatic play and storytelling


Social Studies


Individuality and Diversity

  • Recognizes that people and families have unique attributes

  • Appreciates and respects differences and similarities between oneself and others

  • Understands that people have basic needs and some special needs

  • Demonstrates positive behaviors and makes healthy choices


School Setting

  • Understands that following rules is a responsibility that helps to maintain order and keep the class safe

  • Solves problems as a member of the class

  • Cares for and uses school materials properly

  • Understands that members of the school community are responsible for the school environment


Social-Emotional Skills and Health


Initiative and Curiosity

  • Participates in a variety of tasks and activities

  • Develops increased abilities to make independent, thoughtful choices

  • Approaches tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness

  • Grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks


Engagement and Persistence

  • Grows in abilities to persist and complete a variety of tasks

  • Demonstrates increasing abilities to set goals, develop, and follow through on plans

  • Shows growing capacity to maintain concentration over time


Reasoning and Problem Solving

  • Develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a problem

  • Grows in ability to recognize and solve problems through exploration, trial and error, and interactions

  • Uses strategies to prepare for and anticipate changes and  manage their feelings; makes plans

  • Is able to identify source of anger, frustration or disappointment

  • Develops the strength to bear some sadness and manageable worries



  • Develops and expresses awareness of self in terms of abilities, characteristics and preferences

  • Grows in capacity for independence

  • Enjoys a growing confidence in a range of abilities

  • Expresses pride in accomplishments, enjoys own competence and takes pleasure in their effort and mastery

  • Increases in understanding of the differences between reality and pretend/imagination

  • Grows in ability to be flexible, and can meet the challenges of novelty, differences and the unexpected

  • Begins to recognize his/her conscience and the feelings his/her actions produce

  • Begins to recognize some thoughts as fantasy



  • Sustains interactions with others

  • Uses compromise and discussion in working, playing, negotiating, and resolving conflicts

  • Increases in ability to take turns and interact without being overly submissive or directive

  • Independently initiates and sustains cooperative play

  • Plays cooperatively with others and derives pleasure and enjoyment from cooperative work and play


Social Relationships

  • Is comfortable in talking with and accepting guidance and directions from adults and peers

  • Shows progress in developing friendships

  • Expresses empathy and caring for others

  • Grows in ability to listen and pay attention to others’ words, feelings, and ideas


Self Regulation

  • Recognizes self as a member of a group

  • Develops increasing ability to manage feelings and regulate impulses

  • Grows in ability to accept difficult realities

  • Recognizes the positive side of reality

  • Sets realistic standards for self and others


Conflict Management

  • Identifies own and other people’s feelings, can see their differences and similarities

  • Understands what a conflict is

  • Works together with others to solve conflicts

  • Understands that their words and actions impact others

  • Develops some restraint: able to keep hostile thoughts and feelings in their mind and not express them; to prevent hurting others


Motor Skills and Physical Health


  • Develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools

  • Grows in eye-hand coordination

  • Shows increasing levels of proficiency, control and balance in walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching , and galloping

  • Demonstrates increasing abilities to coordinate movements in throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing balls

  • Shows interest in different types of foods and understanding of what is healthy for their body, can assist in choosing and preparing some foods for oneself

  • Is able to care for self in basic ways: toileting, washing hands, dressing, outdoor clothing, managing belongings and work

  • Increases substantially in ability to read their body’s signals reliably:  hunger, temperature, need to use toilet, illness and injury, needs and wants