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Core Knowledge®

Jack & Jill Preschools quick look at the Core Knowledge® Preschool program.

Core Knowledge® focuses on:

  • identifying specific goals in all areas of learning
  • setting high expectations for all children
  • teaching the specific content knowledge & skills that will allow children to be successful in kindergarten and later grades

Movement and Coordination

  • Physical Attention and Relaxation
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination
  • Group Games
  • Creative Movement and Expression

Autonomy and Social Skills

  • Sense of Self and Personal Responsibility
  • Working in a Group Setting

Work Habits

  • Memory Skills
  • Following Directions
  • Task Persistence and Completion


  • Oral Language
  • Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs
  • Children’s Literature; Read Alouds
  • Emerging Literacy Skills


  • Patterns and Classification
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Numbers and Number Sense
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Money

Orientation in Time

  • Vocabulary
  • Measures of Time
  • Passage of Time (Past, Present, and Future)

Orientation in Space

  • Vocabulary
  • Actual and Represented Space
  • Simple Maps
  • Basic Geographical Concepts


  • Human Characteristics, Needs and Development
  • Animal Characteristics, Needs and Development
  • Plant Characteristics, Needs and Development
  • Physical Elements (Water, Air, Light)
  • Tools


  • Attention to Differences in Sound
  • Imitate and Produce Sounds
  • Listen and Sing
  • Listen and Move

Visual Arts

  • Attention to Visual Detail
  • Creating Art
  • Looking at & Talking about Art

For more information about Core Knowledge®, visit coreknowledge.org