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The Giving Nest 

Goals, Skills, and Objectives


4 to 5 year olds


  • Experience the pleasure of playing with a group of children all the same age and helps put toys away at clean up time.

  • Respects the rights and property of others and uses manner words.

  • Learn to share, take turns, and cooperate with others.

  • Sit and attend to work in a small for 20 to 25 minutes and large group for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Makes an effort to solve problems before seeking help.

  • Ask for help when needed.

  • Transitions from one activity to another easily

  • Begins to shows self-control.

  • Speaks kindly to classmates

  • Politely waits to talk when an adult is speaking.



  • Recognize and identify all the letters of the alphabet (upper & lowercase)

  • Identify initial consonant sounds

  • Introduced to blend sounds  

  • Listen to determine which words rhyme and naming the words that rhyme. 

  • Can recite Nursery Rhymes.

  • Names opposites.

  • Orders pictures by time sequence in a story or situation.

  • Practice retelling a story by memory and with the aid of picture clues.

  • Recognize several words that rhyme and put them in a word family group and begin to read.  For example the word “at” produces a rhyming family: bat, cat, sat, mat, etc

  • Predicts realistic outcomes of events.

  • Shows interest in the printed words.

  • Begin reading books using pictures for clues to the printed word.

  • Sequences 2-3-4 part stories.

  • Retells simple to more difficult stories.



  • Recognize and identify the basic shapes.

  • Recognize, identify and count numerals up to 20.

  • Read a simple graph.

  • Sort and classify by color and shape.

  • Recognize and understand ordinal and cardinal numbers.

  • Solve simple verbal problems using numbers.

  • Can print numbers to 20.  Can name the penny, nickel, dime and quarter.

  • Understand “More than/less than/same” with numbers to ten.

  • Count and understand one to one relationships up to twenty.

  •  Science Experiments that follow these steps: 

            1.  The teacher states  question.     

            2. The children make a hypothesis.

            3. The class does the  experiment.

            4. The class states and records the conclusion.



  • Hold small crayons, markers and pencil with grips correctly.

  • Cut holding the scissor correctly and using the helping hand

  • Cuts objects following straight and curvy lines.

  • Write first and last name in upper and lowercase letters.

  • Color objects within the lines using a back and forth motion.

  • Develop artistic skills using a variety of media:  water colors, tempera,

  • finger paints, markers, crayons and clay.

  • Zip zippers and lace laces and tie shoes

  • Put together a 20 to 25-piece puzzle.

  • Print the letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase.

  • Print numbers 1 to 20.

  • Incorporate correctly drawn circles, squares and triangles to draw a recognizable figure.

  • Can thread a child size needle and weave a simple project.


  • Enjoys the freedom to run and jump during gym and playground time.

  • Gallop, skip, hop on one foot ten times.

  • Pedal on a bicycle

  • Catch a ball away from the body with hands only.

  • Throw a ball and beanbag through a hoop.

  • Throw a ball and a beanbag slightly higher in the air and catch it on the way down.

  • Throw a ball overhand and underhand.

  • Catch a ball when thrown.

  • Walk forward and backwards on a 10 foot line without falling off. Crab & elephant walk

  • Wheel barrel with adult holding leg



  • Retell an incident that occurred in correct sequence.

  • Recite many common nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Make relevant contributions in small group discussions.

  • Describe an object using color, size, shape, composition and use.

  • Speaks clearly.

  • Can sit and listen to a story, to the teacher and/or a classmate in a large

  • group for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • State full name, address, phone number, and birthday.

  • Speaks in complete sentences, using correct tense and speech patterns.

  • Follow 3 to 4 part directions.

  • Describe a picture using three statements.

  • Show an understanding of past, present, and future tense by using proper

  • verb forms.



Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As to Students

         The Giving Nest admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.



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