What Your Preschooler Should Know: Part I

Do you know what your kids should be learning? Does your state have regulations that say you should be teaching a curriculum “comparable to that of the public schools?“ Below is a list compiled along with links to various resources. You might use a curriculum and you can use this list as a means of comparison or you can use this list on its own. The list is compiled from Worldbook, however, I have added links to online resources and teaching ideas. Keep looking for checklists all the way up to 12th grade!


*Understands big and little.
Worksheets to help little ones learn about sizes.

*Understands long and short.

*Matches shapes or objects based on size.

Colors and Shapes

* Recognizes and names primary colors.

* Recognizes circles.

* Recognizes rectangles

Go on a shape treasure hunt.

* Matches shapes or objects based on shape.

Make your own shape puzzles.

* Copies shapes.


* Counts orally through 10.

Create a Number Book

* Counts objects in one-to-one correspondence.

* Understands empty and full.

* Understands more and less.

Make an M & M Counting Chart

Reading Readiness

* Remembers objects from a given picture.

* Knows what a letter is.
Look at Starfall.com for free lesson plans to help your kids learn how to read!

* Has been read to daily.

Here are a few great books to check out:

Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
Hughes, Shirley. Alfie Gives a Hand.
Martin, Bill Jr. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

* Looks at books and magazines. A few of our favorites are: Ranger Rick, Nick Jr.

* Recognizes some nursery rhymes.

Here is a great list of nursery rhymes as well as their origins and other interesting tidbits.

* Identifies parts of the body. Use songs to teach your kids different parts of the body.

* Identifies household objects. Consider teaching your child about things around the house by letting your child do chores with you.

* Knows common farm and zoo animals.

* Pronounces own first name.

* Pronounces own last name.

* Expresses self verbally. (Tells stories or details, expresses likes and dislikes.)

* Identifies other children by name.

* Tells the meaning of simple words.

* Repeats a sentence of 6-8 words.

* Completes incomplete sentence with proper word.

* Has own books.

* Understands that print carries a message.

* Pretends to read.

* Uses left-to-right progression.

* Answers questions about a short story.

* Tells the meaning of words heard in story.

* Looks at pictures and tells a story.

* Identifies own first name in manuscript.

Related Articles:

What Your Preschooler Should Know: Part II

What Your Preschooler Should Know: Part III