December Curriculum Guidelines
English Language Arts
Reading and Literature
¨ Listen to, identify, and manipulate language sounds
to develop auditory discrimination and phonemic
¨ Link letters with sounds in play activities
¨ Examine, manipulate, and identify familiar U.S. coins
(penny, nickel, dime, quarter) in play activities.
Patterns & Relations
¨ Explore and describe a wide variety of concrete
objects by their attributes.
Science & Technology/Engineering
Earth and Space Sciences
¨ Identify the characteristics of local weather based
on first-hand observations.
¨ Explore sunlight and shadows and describe the
effects of the sun or sunlight.
¨ Observe and describe or represent scientific
Phenomena meaningful to children*s lives that have
a repeating pattern (e.g., day and night).
History and Social Science
¨ Discuss examples of rules, fairness, personal
responsibilities, and authority in their own
experiences and in stories read to them.
¨ Use thumb/forefinger in pincer grasp.
¨ Use a variety of tools and materials to build grasp-and-release skill.
¨ Sing songs with repetitive phrases and rhythmic
¨ Listen to various kinds of instrumental music and
explore a variety of melody and rhythmic
¨ Play instruments using different beats, tempos,
dynamics, and interpretation.