Preschool Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.
Preschool
 
1. manners
hygiene
  – cover your mouth when sneezing
  – cover your mouth when yawning
– courtesy
  – say please and thank you
  – don’t interrupt
  – excuse me
  – ask permission
  – asking how are you?
  – knocking first
  – writing a thank you note
  – bad words
  – greet nicely
  – sharing
  – raising hands
  – no hitting
  – eat at the table
– cultural norms
  – being on time
  – privacy and personal space
  – being honest
  – waiting your turn
  – hand washing
– cultural differences (examples)
greetings in other cultures
  – bowing in japan instead of shaking hands
  – embracing in latin america instead of shaking hands
  – kissing cheeks in the mediterranean
please and excuse me
  – smiling instead in latin america
smiling
  – in asia not smiling is not rude
eye contact
  – respectful to avoid eye contact in korea
2. gun safety
– pretend vs. real guns
– do not touch
– leave the area
– never play with a real gun
 
3. hygiene
– hands
  – washing with soap and water
  – when to wash hands
  – germs
– respiratory
  – cover your cough
  – using a tissue
– food
  – sanitizing surfaces
  – separate raw from cooked
  – cook thoroughly
  – keep food at safe temperatures
  – washing food
– water
  – clean water vs. dirty water
– kitchen
  – food storage
  – cleaning up
  – when to refrigerate
– bathroom
  – hand washing
  – taking a bath
– laundry
  – putting dirty clothes in the hamper 
– medical
  – cleaning a cut
– disinfectant
  – surfaces
– body
  – washing
  – brushing teeth
  – washing hair
  – changing clothes (dirty and clean)
  – nail trimming
  – sleep
  – don’t touch blood
  – getting a haircut
  – going to the doctor/dentist
4. mental health
– activity therapy
  – recreational exercise outside (hiking, tennis, etc.)
  – journaling
  – relaxation
  – arts and crafts
  – music therapy
  – camping
– expressive therapy (self expression through creative expression)
(excited, tender, scared, angry, sad, happy)
  – art
  – dance
  – drama
  – role play
  – writing
  – film based
  – poetry
  – play
  – sandplay
  – dreamwork
 
– cognitive behavioral therapy
  – thinking of problems and solutions
  – writing self-statements to counter negative thoughts
  – new opportunities to think positive thoughts
  – visualizing the best part of the day
  – learn to accept disappointment as part of life
 
– dialectical behavior therapy
  – mindfulness: observe, describe, participate
  – distress tolerance
  – emotion regulation
  – interpersonal effectiveness
 
– meditation
  – lie comfortably
  – close your eyes
  – breathe naturally
  – focus on breath
  – notice your body
  – return to your breath when your mind wanders
  – do for 2-3 minutes
5. sports
 
6. music (listening to different styles of music)
– pitch and melody
– harmony and chords
– rhythm
– expression
– genres
  – african
  – asian
  – avant garde
  – blues
  – caribbean
  – country
  – easy listening
  – electronic
  – folk
  – hip hop
  – jazz
  – latin
  – pop
  – r&b soul
  – rock
 
7. fine arts (drawing)
– materials
  – graphite
  – charcoal
  – pastels
  – marker
  – pen
  – ink
– technique
  – holding a pencil
  – shading
  – line weight
  – checking
  – is it ever finished?
– tone
  – light and dark
– form and proportion
  – measuring
  – dots and lines
– perspective
– artistry
  – negative space
  – viewing art from artists
– process
  – motor function
  – perception
  – visual memory
 
8. applied arts (mixed media)
9. biology
– cell theory
– evolution
– genetics
– homeostasis
– energy
– structural
– physiological
– research
– systematic
– kingdoms
– ecological and environmental
 
10. languages (linguistics)
– phonetics
– phonology
– morphology
– syntax
– semantics
– pragmatics
– discourse analysis
– stylistics
– semiotics
 
11. writing (fiction)
– character
– plot
– setting
– theme
– style
  – narrator
  – point of view
  – tone
  – suspension of disbelief

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