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Goals of Preschool and Kindergarten Education

I personally don’t keep any educational goals for a preschooler and kindergartner because I am wholly convinced by the noble idea that a child’s PLAY takes care of every educational goal of his childhood; be it goals set by adults or goals that a child discovers out of a need or keen desire to attain.

Juxtaposed with the fact that I run a preschool, kindergarten, and a primary school in a society where almost 87% to 92.5% (yearly average) of the takers are not as thoughtful as they should be so I change my stand like a chameleon. He he! I have the smarts to keep both together.

No, I am not kidding. What to do when you have to tell the world loudly what children need so you have to sell it systematically. Hence EDUCATIONAL GOALS OR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS.

A child’s brain, body, and soul are NO less smart or less enlightened than an adult who lives a fulfilling and passionate life every day like a child. You must also know a child knows clearly and categorically what he wants and how far he wants to go, no matter how big or difficult it looks.

And, if you leave the child alone by just being around playfully and thoughtfully, these simple and basic goals, he attends with flying colors. Mind it, I haven’t jotted down the convoluted and multifaceted, higher-order thinking and higher-order execution goals that he attends whenever he needs and wants to.

Goals that a preschool or kindergarten sets for a child’s physical growth(but not limited to)

Fine Motors (involving small muscles and bones)Gross Motors (involving the whole body-big muscles and bones along with small muscles and bones)
Holding Jumbo CrayonsHolding school bag
Holding pencilClimbing up and down steps with no supervision
Using scissorsCan run, jump, hop, skip, climb, slide, kick, etc.
Using brushesMidline crossing is easy
Holding a spoon or a fork and use themCan do group Play
Simple Paper foldingWearing the shoes
Rolling rolling pinMostly full of energy, seldom tired
Paper balls makingCan peddle tricycle easily
Stirring liquidsFollows the dance steps shown by the coach
Using needle or threadingUsing the washroom all by himself/herself
Shoe lacing and tucking buttonsCan move stools, chairs, chowkis
Holding water in both handsCan fold a mat, a towel, a handkerchief
Holding powder in a fistCan wear clothes
Opening water bottlesCan have a correct spatial sense (like how much space is required to sit or jump from)
Opening a lunchboxDifferentiate games and their rules
Holding a glass and drinkingCan catch, throw, and toss balls from a limited distance
Kneading doughCan set a rhythm or a pace of play activity like skip or jump or hop
Picking up bitesCan control movements of the whole body
Play with peg puzzles 
Understands directionality (left to right or right to left) 
Can leave one finger space during the writing 
Can imitate how to write 
Can draw basic shapes easily 
Hold tools and use them efficiently 
Can open and close different door locks 
Can scrub and clean the tiffin box after eating 
Goals that preschool or kindergarten sets for a child’s brain growth(not limited to)Goals that preschool or kindergarten sets for emotional and social well-being for a child(not limited to)
Takes instructions and follows then easilyExpresses emotions and feelings effortlessly
Shares toys with friendsLooks fresh and joyful throughout the day
Plays with friends constructivelyLooks forward to coming to school
Follows a routine effortlesslyCan name his feelings and emotions
Talks during the discussion on a subject (irrespective of relevant or irrelevant)Loves to remain cordial with friends and peers
Comes forward to do an activity when asked or asks for activitiesSpeaks respectfully with everyone
Plays age-appropriate games like peek-a-booLoves nature
Understands more than one language mostlyCan independently solve small fights
Takes care of the belongingsCan express discomforts that someone causes
Participates in group activities (like prayers, sports, etc.)Uses magic words (Sorry, thank you, excuse me meaningfully and sincerely)
Can sit in the when asked Appreciates goodness around
Finishes activities with self-intention and targets wellEnjoys various cuisines
The transition from one language to another is easyShares foods with friends when asked
Talks about family and friendsResolves fights and arguments amicably
Wait for turnsGreets peers and adults
Meditates when askedGives compliments when sees pleasant things
Processes 3-4 instructions together and execute successfullyGiggles and laughs vividly
Can identify lost itemsDoes group activities and collaboration well
Can eat by himselfUnderstands and accepts failures
Can use the washroom without any helpPraises family and friends
Can remember rhymesTells friends about his worries and struggles
Can remembers simple concepts and reflectHelps friends in their work or studies if they are stuck
Gives reasons when wrong or rightConnects with nature well
Tries to gain knowledge from things and people aroundForgives and forgets wrongdoings of the peers
Can guess the count of thingsEnjoys giving and getting gifts and presents
Recognizes patterns for learning and vice versaRespects surroundings and things
Loves to imitateManages well or takes help in case of emergencies or unpredictable situations
Loves to listen to the storiesAccepts mistakes
Attempts to retell storiesRecognizes variations in vocal tones to express emotion.
Plays pretend gamesCan demonstrate correctly emotions while playing with puppets
Plays with the toys constructively 
Prenumber concepts are easily learned and reflected 
Applies simple concepts easily and reproduces 
Takes care of physical safety 
Loves to participate in festivals and celebrations 
Enjoys field trips 
Listening skills are growing 
Understands stories and can ask relevant questions 
Understands boundaries of security like not going outside the gate without an adult 
Able to arrange number grid or number line and finds patterns and remembers 
Executes the jobs assigned that involve different rooms in the same building 
Easily follows the order and rules of the class 
Self-initiated (lead) or peer-initiated (follow) play is easy 
The diction is clear, with no stuttering or stammering 
Speaks full sentences with a clear ending of a sentence 
Remembers names of friends and teachers 
Takes responsibility to do the homework and submits it to the teachers routinely 
Adapts to changes without much effort 
Loves the routine without difficulty 
Participates in simple projects 
Can instruct, play with, feed, and walk pet animal(s) happily. 
Can imitate teachers 
Cracks jokes and laughs at funny things 
Participates in cooking activities 
Demonstrates an interest in books and attempts to read independently 
Understands and uses nonverbal cues too 
Has geographical awareness like my friend’s house is far and mine is near 
Demonstrates aesthetic sense like colors bring beauty and can understand contrasting or complementing colors 
Appreciates music and dance forms of art 
Loves to participate in role-play 
  
Goals for mindfulness a preschool or kindergarten sets for a child
Sits for meditation as guided
Feels peaceful
Feels grateful
Feels content
Is calm yet joyful in solace and crowd (either way)
Likes quietness equally as chirpiness
Helps others
Understands what empathy and apathy can result into