Photo of teacher and students.Mount Olivet Preschool Curriculum

Our Theme Based Curriculum is based on the guidelines of the Minnesota Early Learning Standards: Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, which were developed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

These guidelines form a set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children in the preschool age range of 3‐5. Our teachers work within these guidelines when planning their creative lessons.

In a theme based curriculum, the teachers integrate literacy, science, social studies, math, music, and art all around the topic of the week. Themes are often based on the children’s culture, environment, or shared experiences, and reflect our Christian philosophy.

The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress are divided into six domains that reflect the full range of child development as recommended by national guidelines (Kagan, Moore, and Bredekamp, 1995):

Social and Emotional Development

  • Learning to make friends, talking and playing with them
  • Accepting and responding to teacher’s instructions or questions
  • Playing and sharing cooperatively
  • Taking turns, with encouragementPhoto of pretend play.
  • Expressing and showing a positive self‐image
  • Demonstrating appropriate self‐control over feelings

 Approaches to Learning

  • Curiosity
  • Risk‐Taking
  • Imagination and Invention
  • Persistence
  • Reflection and Interpretation


Language and Literacy Development

  •  Interest in books (reading, listening, following left to right)
  • Recognition of colors
  • Identifying same and different
  • Recognizing and learning to write own name
  • Learning letter recognition and sound
  • Speaking clearly, responding to stories through actions or words


Cognitive Development

  • Mathematical and Logical Thinking
  • Recognition of shapes and numbers
  • Counting objects

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  • Puzzles, sequencing, & sorting


Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Simple science concepts (pouring, sifting, shaking, sorting)
  • Nature themed concepts (preparing for winter, solar system, etc.)


Social Systems Understanding

  • World cultures, transportation, families
  • Music and the arts: singing, dancing, instruments, & art projects

Physical and Motor Development

  • Gross Motor Development: running, hopping, skipping, balancing, riding a trike, throw & catch


Fine Motor Development

  • Properly holding crayons, pencils, scissors and using them
  • Painting with brushes, fingers and other materials
  • Manipulating playdoh
  • Using zippers, snaps, stringing beads

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Physical health and Well‐Being

  • Self help skills: hand washing, flushing, wiping, & using tissues
  • Dressing self
  • Nutrition and staying healthy