|The Goals of Our
A Parent's Guide to Preschool
by Diane Trister Dodge and Joanna Phinney
|The most important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along
well with others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become
independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We're
teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We do
this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children
grow in all areas.
Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development.
*Social/Emotional: to help children develop independence,
self-confidence, self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn
what it means to be part of a group.
*Physical: to increase children's large muscle skills-- balancing, running,
jumping, throwing and catching- and use the small muscles in their hands to do
tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.
*Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to
ask questions, and to think logically-- sorting, classifying, comparing, counting,
and making patterns-and to use materials and their imagination to show what they
*Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and
participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print,
recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.
Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select toys
and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to
accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in