MVESC Preschool Curriculum Overview

The preschool program curriculum for children ages three through five years will address the following areas of learning and development:

  • Approaches toward learning
    and general knowledge Four preschool children work with a teacher doing a hands-on activity.
  • Cognitive development
  • Language and literacy development
  • Physical well being and motor development 
  • Social-emotional development
  • Self-Help Skills





Subject areas will be addressed through an integrated thematic approach, using extended themes that are meaninful to the children and build on prior knowledge and experience of the child. Projects will be encouraged as a natural result of child interest within a topic related to the theme.  Children will be engaged in hands-on experiences, using materials that are age-appropriate, curriculum-focused, that represent a range of learning styles and abilities.  The teaching staff will plan a daily schedule to allow children to learn the routines of their day and become comfortable in their environment. 

The classroom will be arranged to encourage individual, small group and large group activities. Learning areas (sometimes called centers or stations) that are available during "choice time" for students will be stocked with materials reflective of the theme. The teaching staff will interact with children to model suggested activities and support learning in those areas, so the area itself is aligned around a desired learning outcome.

The classroom will be designed in a way that children can recognize the boundaries of each area, have access to their own materials and be able to view their own work and other wall postings at their eye level.  Items in the classroom will be labeled, and the teaching staff and students will refer to the labels throughout the day.

Specialized Instructional Techniques for children with Autism

The preschool program for children with Autism consists of two classrooms (Little Feats and Big Leaps) that offer a range of instructional options, from one-on-one discrete trial training to large-group learning activities with typical peers.

Curriculum Resources

The following research-based curriculum tools are used to guide the planning of appropriate and meaningful learning and experiences that are aligned with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards.

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Scholastic Building Language for Literacy
  • Everyday Mathematics
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Brigance Inventory of Early Development (fine motor, gross motor, self-help, social-emotional areas)
  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills - Revised (ABLLS-R)
  • Ohio Early Learning Content Standards


Frequently Asked Questions

How will my child's learning progress be reported to me?

Muskingum Vallely Preschool programs have a progress report for all children enrolled. Parents are asked to give input into the progress report regarding what their child knows and is able to do at home. If your child has a disability, you will also receive a special progress report that addresses your child's Individual Education Program Goals and Objectives. Both reports are disseminated according to the school district schedule for all students.

I would like to know more about the tools used in the curriculum.

To review the research-based curriculum tools that are used to guide the planning of appropriate and meaningful learning and experiences that are aligned with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards, please click the link below.
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I would like to know exactly what my child is expected to learn.

To review the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards for preschool children, please refer to the page linked below.
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