Preschool Sequence at a Glance

The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence reflects established critical development areas for young children. Within these developmental areas, the Preschool Sequence focuses upon nine domains or content areas; each domain covers developmentally appropriate goals for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. These goals are broken down into specific, measurable, and sequential skills upon which teachers plan and implement the Core Knowledge curriculum.

Physical Well-being and Motor Development

Movement and Coordination:

  1. Physical Attention and Relaxation
  2. Gross Motor Skills
  3. Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination
  4. Group Games
  5. Creative Movement and Expression

Social and Emotional Development Autonomy and Social Skills:

  1. Sense of Self and Personal Responsibility
  2. Working in a Group Setting

Approaches to Learning Work Habits:

  1. Memory Skills
  2. Following Directions
  3. Task Persistence and Completion

Language and Literacy Development

Oral Language:

  1. Functions of Language (Uses of Communication)
  2. Forms of Language (Vocabulary and Syntax)

Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs:

  1. Develop Memorization Skills
  2. Develop a Sense of Rhyme

Storybook Reading and Storytelling:

  1. Listen to and Participate in Stories Read Aloud
  2. Develop a Notion of Story Schema
  3. Develop Awareness of Book and Print Organization

Emerging Literacy Skills:

  1. Develop Awareness of Written Print and its Uses
  2. Develop Awareness of the Structure of Print
  3. Develop Phonemic Awareness
  4. Develop Fine Motor Skills and Writing Strokes

Knowledge Acquisition and Cognitive Development


  1. Patterns and Classification
  2. Geometry
  3. Measurement
  4. Numbers and Number Sense
  5. Addition & Subtraction
  6. Money

Orientation in Time:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Measures of Time
  3. Passage of Time (Past, Present, and Future)

Orientation in Space:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Actual and Represented Space
  3. Simple Maps
  4. Basic Geographical Concepts


  1. Investigation and Observation
  2. Understanding the Living World
  3. Understanding the Physical World


  1. Attention to Differences in Sound
  2. Imitate and Produce Sounds
  3. Listen and Sing
  4. Listen and Move

Visual Arts:

  1. Attention to Visual Detail
  2. Creating Art
  3. Looking at & Talking about Art