K-Prep 4 (Ages 4-5)

K-Prep 4 is a year of wonder as play and learning experiences intertwine for more formal learning of concrete skills. Students continue to grow in their abilities to work independently and as a member of a group. The K-Prep II curriculum promotes the child’s ability to confidently articulate his/her thoughts and ideas, gain an understanding of letter-sound associations through the exploration of letters, sounds, and words, and build a strong number sense through games and activities. As teachers, we observe the students at play and create a program that nurtures their interests and cultivates their natural curiosity. Learning to share and working as a team are part of our learning process. Highlights of the year include Pajama Day, animal research projects followed by a trip to the Maryland Zoo, and the class play.

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Core Learning

Reading Readiness

  • Discern print word versus letter
  • Read left to right
  • Identify initial sounds in words
  • Associate letter/sound connections
  • Identify capital and lowercase letters
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Retell parts of a story (beginning, middle, and end)
  • Establish purpose for reading: make predictions, connect important ideas, and link previous experiences
  • Identify parts of a book: cover, author, and illustrator

Writing Readiness

  • Identify first and last name
  • Writes first name legibly
  • Demonstrates consistent hand preference
  • Controls pencil and scissors
  • Expresses ideas in drawings
  • Label simple drawings
  • Writes numbers to 20 with prompts
  • Writes capital and uppercase letters with prompts

Math Readiness

  • Recognize and order numbers to 20
  • Match numbers to 20 to sets
  • Count to 50
  • Beginning to count by 5’s and 10’s
  • Apply simple patterns
  • Apply spatial relations ( up/down, above/below)
  • Identify basic geometric shapes
  • Independently complete 24 piece puzzle

Listening & Speaking

  • Speaks in complete sentences
  • Expresses ideas clearly
  • Uses the correct pronouns when speaking
  • Listens attentively
  • Appropriately participates in class discussions
  • Formulate thoughts to meaningfully contribute to class discussion 

Personal Skills

  • Demonstrate appropriate control of one's body
  • Execute and apply verbal directions to complete classroom activities
  • Engage appropriately in lessons and activities
  • Transition appropriately between tasks
  • Respectfully manage classroom supplies
  • Put materials and personal items away with teacher instruction
  • Regulate emotions in an appropriate manner
  • Show empathy toward peers
  • Chooses suitable behaviors in interactions with peers
  • Performs basic self-care skills
  • Pack's up belongings and put on coat independently

Enriched Learning


Art instruction at Harford Day School is interdisciplinary and related to topics being studied in social studies, science or other subjects. This holistic approach is no different in K-Prep and Kindergarten. Using different mediums from clay to paint, students learn about a subject from many different perspectives in an age appropriate manner. Apples, lady bugs, snowmen, trees--you name it. Amazing works are created as the art teacher skillfully breaks down each project into fun, creative steps that hone the children's fine motor skills.

Media Studies

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