K3 Curriculum



Show basic understanding that God made me and loves me
State that I am a child of God
State that God is the Creator of the sun, moon and stars
State that God is the Creator of the trees, plants, and flowers
State that God is the Creator of the animals
State that God is the Creator of mountains, hills, deserts, lakes, rivers, and oceans
Show understanding that God made all that is
Describe God as good and loving
Describe how God cares for his creation
State that we can learn about God in creation
Show understanding that God is with me all the time
Sate that God is greater than all creation
State that God made me to be happy with God in this life and after I die
State that God's only son is Jesus
Show basic understanding that God's son, Jesus, loves people, especially children
Show basic understanding that Jesus died for us
Show belief that God the father raised Jesus from the dead

Christian Living

Show a sense of being loved by parents/guardians, siblings, other family members
Build a capacity to share unselfishly with others
Distinguish between selfish and unselfish acts
Exhibit awareness that I interact with my teachers, classmates, and friends
Exhibit awareness that rules teach me how to act
State awareness that I can help take care of my environment
Develop awareness of being a cheerful giver of time, talent, and treasure

Sacred Scripture

Identify the Bible as a very special book that tells us about God
State that the Bible tells us that God created everything and it is good
Describe how God saved Noah, his family, and the animals from the flood
      and left the rainbow as a sign of God's promise never to destroy creation
Identify the story of the Good Samaritan
Describe Jesus as God's son
State that God is our Father and we are brothers and sisters in God's family
Identify Mary as the Mother of God
State that Jesus taught us how to love one another


Recognize that we talk and listen to God together with the community
Know that when we make the Sign of the Cross we address God's holy name
Show basic understanding that in church we believe God is present in a special way
Recognize Christmas as the birthday of Jesus
Recognize Easter as the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Recognize the interior of the church as a place to show respect to God

Christian Prayer and Spirituality

Describe prayer as talking and listening to God
State that we can pray silently and with others
Describe how I can talk and listen to God at the same time
Describe God as a loving Father who only wants what is good for me
Identify objects in the classroom that lead to prayer
State how I can pray as Jesus prayed when I say the words "Our Father" to God
Make the Sign of the Cross
Recite simple prayers used in the community (Our Father, Hail Mary, Meal Prayer)
Identify "Amen" as the word we use to end every prayer

Catholic Church

State that the Church is our special home
Recognize that many people are members of the church


Show understanding that God chose to make me a very special person
State that my parents/guardians show their love for God by loving and taking care of me
State that my teacher tells me about God

Ecumenism and Dialogue

Show that I respect others in my class as children of God
Express basic understanding that God made us all different from each other

Language Arts

Word Attack Skills

Recognize, by name, upper and lower case letters (random)
Understand that letters represent sounds
Identify and verbalize letter sounds
Identify beginning consonants
Use phonemic awareness to sound out words (CVC pattern)
Recognize popcorn words
Distinguish between vowels and consonants

Comprehension Skills

Put three pictures in a sequence
Use pictures to predict story content
Identify main idea, problem, solution and characters in a listening selection
Relate a sequence of 3 events in a listening selection 

Verbal Language Skills

Can state first and last names
Can spell first and last names while looking at them in print
Can state age and gender
Converse with others
Answer questions
Say "please" and "thank you"
Follow 2-step directions
Sing songs
Use language to communicate wants/ needs/ and ideas

Identification Skills

Identify shapes: square, circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, heart, star, diamond
Identify colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, black, brown, white, gray
Identify directional relationships: in, out, under, behind, beside, before, 
          after, over, below, inside, outside, next to
Identify opposite relationships: up/down, left/right, in/out, before/after 
Identify first name in manuscript form


Pre-Reading Readiness

Use pictures and diagrams
Develop print awareness
Make reasonable predictions

Literature Appreciation

Recite nursery rhymes
Distinguish between reality and make believe
Identify characters
Develop awareness of various forms of literature

Writing/Composition Readiness


Color within the lines in one direction
Color an area completely (no white space)
Reproduce writing strokes and shapes from memory
Reproduce letters from memory
Place letters between appropriate line spaces
Write first and last name in manuscript form (First letter capitalized, lower case for the rest)
Space letters and words correctly

Math Skills

Numbers and Operations

Count and understand how many is in a set (up to 10)
Connect numerals to the quantities they represent (up to 10)
Understand the relative position and magnitude of whole numbers
Rote count to 20


Analyze how repeating and growing patterns are generated
Recognize, build, draw, compare, sort, and name 2 dimensional shapes
Sort, classify and order objects by size, number, and other properties


Develop an understanding of time, the use of time relationships (morning, afternoon, etc.)
Compare and order objects according to measured attributes

Motor skills


Fine Motor Skills

String beads
Fold/Tear pieces of paper
Build with blocks
Complete puzzle of 4 or more pieces
Draw a line and a ball shape
Cut paper with scissors
Move paper to follow lines while cutting with scissors 
Shape clay
Trace lines
Copy shapes
Hold writing utensils correctly

Gross Motor Skills

Walk in a straight line

Run smoothly
Jump with both feet off floor
Catch a ball
Sit at a table
Stay within one's own space
Line up and follow a leader
Participate appropriately in group games and activities
Ascend stairs with alternating feet


Life Science

Human Body
Recognize self as a living thing
Classify things as living or nonliving
Identify various body parts
Identify body parts used in the five senses
Describe an object using all five senses


Identify plants as living things (can grow and produce new plants)
Identify the parts of a plant
Classify seeds by similarities and differences
Observe the growth and development of seeds
Identify conditions plants need in order to grow

Earth Science

Seasonal Changes
Identify the four seasons
Sequence the order of seasons
Describe weather conditions
Compare weather to how people dress and activities they might do


Greet one another in Spanish: "Hola, como estas?"
Ask one another's names in Spanish:  "Como te llamas?"
Name the colors in Spanish:  rojo, verde, azul, amarillo, rosa, morado, café, negro
Name the shapes in Spanish:  circulo, triangulo, cuadrado, estrella, rectangulo, corazon,
     ovalo, diamante
Count to 10 in Spanish
Recognize the days of the week in Spanish
Recognize the months of the year in Spanish
Recognize the seasons in Spanish
Sing songs in Spanish

Classroom Expectations

Wait turn to speak
Have appropriate control over feelings
Identify self with classmates
Treat others with respect
Stay on task
Participate in classroom activities


Basic Skills

Be aware of different styles of music
Explore ways to make, move to and appreciate music through rhythm instruments,
     creative movements and singing
Begin building a repertoire of songs of worship and secular songs
Build connection between songs with weekly academic theme and the topic/letter

Music Verbal Skills

State first name "loud and strong" to the group
Follow verbal instructions
Sing songs

Music Listening Skills

Stop and start along with music being played
Develop awareness of musical variations (fast and slow)
Develop awareness of sound dynamics (loud and quiet)

Music Motor Skills

Move to music: dance, skip, march, jump, twist
Use scarves and ribbons in conjunction with music
Play rhythm instruments
Participate in action songs using hand gestures and foot movements

Music Social Skills

Share instruments
Take turns