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Starfall's Pre-K Curriculum is approved in multiple states and aligned with state learning goals in other states. Click here for more information.

Ready, Set...

Give children a love of learning and a running start in kindergarten with the Starfall Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum. This exciting program integrates math, science, health, creative arts, social studies, physical movement, early literacy, and social­emotional development, all under a framework of guided instruction and imaginative play. Key curriculum highlights include:

  • Motivation — Build a cooperative classroom environment to fuel motivation, with child-directed instruction, hands-­on experiences, ownership of materials, and interactive online activities, and by supporting and exploring imagination.
  • Phonological Awareness — Ensure readiness for phonics instruction with short, daily exercises.
  • Phonics — Introduce letter-sound relationships systematically, sequentially, and explicitly.
  • Vocabulary — Explore vocabulary in quality literature, during instruction, and in everyday communication.
  • Social & Emotional Development — Prepare children for new social environments presented at school by example, through direct communication, and with cooperative learning activities.
  • Science — Explore the magic of the natural world with simple scientific experiments involving plants, temperatures, textures, and more!
  • Math — Build a foundation for mathematical thinking through center exploration, activities, and games, using math children encounter every day.

Starfall Pre-K provides research-based lessons and time-saving teacher tools to help you create an integrated learning environment in which young minds thrive. Your adventure begins with The Gingerbread Boy story, which children bring to life with the magic of imagination and play.

The Setting

Set a dynamic stage for group lessons and imaginative, playful learning throughout the year with Starfall’s exclusive literature and informational texts. With colorful photographs and stunning illustrations, these books ignite inspiration from real-life role models, spark curiosity through scientific discovery, and guide introspection with morals from fables and fairy tales.

As a Starfall teacher, you will guide children to understanding these texts on various levels through prediction, discussion, retelling, and role-play. Students can further explore the literature independently by reading books with accompanying audio CDs, or by viewing and interacting with stories read aloud in the Talking Library on Starfall.com.

The Characters

Introduce plush Grandmother and Gingerbread Boy to your class after you share their story at the start of the year. Gingerbread Boy’s curiosity shines in his daily messages. Read them each day to introduce new topics and to build anticipation for the activities to come. Grandmother, your classroom assistant, reinforces each letter you introduce with her favorite riddles and rhymes.

You will be amazed to see Gingerbread Boy and Grandmother spring to life in your classroom through the children’s innate and powerful imagination!

The Story

Bring stories to life in your classroom Learning Centers. Children learn best through the creative, hands-on exploration and discovery that only occurs during play. For this reason, Learning Centers are the heart of a Starfall Pre-K classroom. There are eight centers detailed in Starfall’s Lesson Plans: Computer, Art, Library, Dramatic Play, Construction, Writing, Discovery, and Math. Use these, or create your own hands-on learning centers!

The Teacher’s Guide helps you modify your Learning Centers over time in harmony with lesson concepts and literature themes. Witness the magic of play as the children draw from their own knowledge and experience to incorporate the new vocabulary, information, and concepts you will introduce with Starfall’s Pre-Kindergarten curriculum.

Starfall's Pre-K Curriculum is approved in multiple states and aligned with state learning goals in other states. Click here for more information.