Focus on Pre-K

Focus on Pre-K: Curriculum for 3-4 years old

Focus on K0/K1 (Pre-K) is our curriculum for three- and four-year-old students. As this is most likely their first foray into school, our units of study are designed as a bridge between home and school. 

This curriculum maintains a scoped and sequenced progression of both literacy and math skills in six thematic units. Children learn distinct concepts that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Teachers make visible these connections and points of intersection.

Kindergarten Conference 2019: Science

Please see this Padlet to view and share ideas on integrating science into the Focus on Pre-K curriculum.

Pacing calendar

Assessments and rubric

Pre-K Rubric and Progress Report


  • September 16 - October 18, 2019

  • May 11 - June 5, 2020. No need to retest students in the spring if they achieve benchmark in the fall. Can be administered in the winter for progress monitoring.


  • October 28- November 22, 2019

  • May 11- June 5, 2020


  • New BPS students: Before October 18, 2019

Launching Focus on Pre-K

Everyone wants a classroom that works together cooperatively, purposefully, and peacefully. Getting there requires time, effort, and intentional teaching. The first three weeks of school is the foundation for a successful year by establishing a positive, supportive learning climate. Young children will have varying levels of experience being in a group. But this will be everyone's first experience of being in your classroom. Teach them every skill they will need to be successful---from sitting in a circle to solving conflicts to washing their hands. It is a wise investment with continuous returns!

This guide is a toolbox of effective practice and practical strategies for the first three weeks of school. Use the tools, not just in the beginning, but throughout the year, to maintain and strengthen the foundation you have built.

Unit 1: Family

In this 5-week unit, children will be exploring and talking about families and the many different ways family members relate to and help one another. 

Unit 2: Friends

Children explore the concepts of friendship, how to be a good friend, and ways to resolve conflicts with friends.

Unit 3: Wind and Water

In Unit 3, children continue to develop their understanding of the concepts related to interpersonal interactions and extend the skills from units 1 and 2, particularly non-fiction writing.

Unit 4: The World of Color

In Unit 4, children explore the world of color and the colors in their world. They learn about the functionality of color: color communicates information & ideas and is an identifying feature in art and nature.

Unit 5: Shadows/Reflections

In Unit 5, Shadows and Reflections, children explore the properties and aesthetics of light, as well as the ways light is beneficial to people and animals.

Unit 6: Things that Grow

In Unit 6, Things That Grow, children synthesize skills and concepts they have learned during the previous five units as they explore the life cycle and learn how both plants and animals grow and develop.