Kindergarten Curriculum


            Discussion of Book with Puppet
  1. Children will state benefits of friendship
  2. State behaviors of good friends
  3. Discuss appreciation of differences between children
“Bright Beginnings”
Overview: Bright Beginnings is a cognitive approach to teaching positive thinking skills and positive self-esteem skills. Bright Beginnings builds self-esteem through a structured, sequential and skill-based approach, which includes the following:
  • Stories
  • Story discussion
  • Art
  • Creative movement
  • Poetry
  • Puppetry
  • Songs
  • Sharing
  • Role-Play
As Pumsy the puppet begins her journey towards self esteem she learns abut feelings of capability, feelings of importance, anger control, coping with significant loss, and overcoming unfounded fears.
Unit 1: “I Can Do Hard Things”
  1. Even though a new endeavor may be difficult, children will be willing to try.
  2. Children will perceive themselves as capable.
  3. Children will acknowledge realistic obstacles and difficulties, but they will not be controlled by them.
  4. Children will be guided by their own inner direction rather than be swayed by the negative influences of others.
  5. Children will begin to see the relationship between the quality of their thinking and the quality of their accomplishments.
  1. Children will replace self-defeating thoughts such as “This is hard - I can’t do it” with self-empowering thoughts such as, “This is hard for me, but I will try.”
  2. Children will overlook negative input from others such as “You’ll never learn that – you’re not smart enough.” They will be guided instead, by positive thoughts such as, “I can learn this if I try.”
  3. Children will complete a drawing and share at least one skill they are proud of being able to do.
Unit 2: “The Rainbow Stones”
  1. Children will experience a sense of personal significance with others.
  2. Children will appreciate the significance of others.
  3. Children will appreciate one another’s differences.
  4. Children will experience personal power in ways that are meaningful and productive.
  1. Children will recognize situations in which they make a meaningful contribution, and they will know what that contribution is.
  2. Children will show others that they are important, too.
  3. Each child receives a ‘Rainbow Stone’ as a reminder of why they are special, as they express it verbally.
Unit 3: “Pumsy Meets the Sandbox Boss”
  1. Children will develop self-control skills.
  2. Children will begin to think about the possible consequences if anger is not controlled.
  3. Children will increase their repertoire of possible ways to manage and express anger, other than ways that hurt themselves or others.
  1. Children will be able to self-initiate a time out for the purpose of anger control.
  2. Children will learn to take deep breaths when they become upset.
  3. Children will role-play ‘Time-Out’ scenarios.
Unit 4: “The Three-Legged Rabbit”
  1. Children will come through a painful loss intact.
  2. Children will support each other through painful times
  3. Children will learn to let others know they care about them.
  1. Children will be able to tell others about a time they experienced a loss.
  2. Children will practice telling a person who is in emotional pain that they care.
  3. Children will learn to let others know they care about them.
Unit 5: “Pumsy Meets Shadbelly Monster”
         1. Children will acknowledge their fears, but they will not be controlled by their                fears.
         2. Children will make self-directed choices rather than other-directed choices. 

  1. Children will distinguish between two kinds of fears:
    1. “Stay Safes” which are helpful fears that can keep us safe (eg. the fear of growling dogs, fear of strangers, etc.)
    2. “Shadbelly Scaries” which are unhelpful fears not related to safety that could obstruct learning and personal growth (eg. the fear of asking questions, fear of making a mistake, fear of making new friends, etc.).
  2. Children will draw a picture of one situation in which:
    1. They feel scared
    2. They used to fell scared, but don’t anymore
  3. Students will discuss how to get past their fears.
    1. Listen to Franklin in the Dark
    2. Explain what Franklin learned
Unit 6: “How to Deal with Bullying”
  1. Children will discuss “Being Bullied” and “Oliver Button is a Sissy” and understand the definition of Bullying.
  2. Children will identify actions that are helpful in a bullying situation.
  3. Children will role-play what to do in a bullying situation.
  1. Children will state that bullying is a repetitive action done by someone who wants power over the other person.
  2. Children will state 3 adults at school and at home to whom it is safe to report.
In addition, the ‘Great Body Shop’ edition for Drug Safety is used during ‘Red Ribbon Week’ at the end of October.
Other Books and Topics discussed with Kindergarteners:
     “How I Feel Today”
     “How to Lose All Your Friends”
     “Today I Feel Silly”
     “Playing the Game”     
     “Dealing with Stealing”
     “The Very Lonely Firefly”
Various other topics are covered as requested by Classroom teachers.

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