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Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool

CKLA Preschool is a comprehensive English language arts curriculum designed to give four and five year olds foundational language and literacy skills. Engaging, developmentally appropriate plans are provided for infusing 45 minutes of daily instruction into activities that are common in high-quality preschool classrooms. For example, guidance is given for conducting activities during arrival time, morning circle, learning centers, small groups, whole group, book readings, and transition times (i.e., when students move between activities). Including regular lessons and Pausing Points for review and enhancement, CKLA Preschool offers instructional plans for approximately 115 days of the school year.

For a complete overview of  CKLA Preschool, please watch this webinar and read the General Overview. For a quick introduction to the program's materials, see the Preschool Visual Component Guide.

The CKLA Resources page has additional guidance, including instructional demonstrations by a master teacher. In-depth professional development is also available through a two-day workshop.

The preschool content is organized in the following seven domains of knowledge. These domains build a strong foundation for the more in-depth literary, scientific, and historical domains covered in K–5.

All About Me

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 Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

 I Am Special 
 Body Parts
 We Use Our Senses to Learn
 I Am Growing and Changing
 Three Basic Needs

Shades of People, by Shelly Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
My Amazing Body, by Pat Thomas
My Five Senses, by Aliki

 Families & Communities

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

All Kinds of Families
Families Work and Play Together 
Family Celebrations and Traditions

Families, by Ann Morris
Houses and Homes, by Ann Morris & Ken Heyman
Full, Full of Love, by Trish Cooke 
Career Day, by Anne Rockwell

Animals

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

Humans Are Animals
Animals Have Three Basic Needs
Animals Protect Themselves
Groups of Animals:
 Birds, Fish and Insects
Groups of Animals: Mammals

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Is Your Mamma a Llama?, by Deborah Guarino
See Me Grow, by Penelope Arlon & Tory Gordon-Harris

Plants

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

Plants Are All Around Us
Plants Have Different Parts
Plants Grow 
Plants Have Basic Needs
Plants Are Important to Our World

A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds, by Jean Richards
Flowers, by Vijaya Khisty Bodach
Sunflower House, by Eve Bunting

Habitats

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

Woodlands
Pond
Ocean
Desert
Farm

Here Is the Southwestern Desert, by Madeleine Dunphy
In The Woods: Who's Been Here?, by Lindsay Barrett George
Life in a Pond
, by Caro

Classic Tales

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(Read-alouds interspersed between other domains/units throughout the year.)

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

The Lion and the Mouse
The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Gingerbread Man
The Shoemaker and the Elves
The Little Red Hen
Thumbelina
How Turtle Got His Shells 
(Native American folktale)
Why Flies Buzz (African folktale)
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Horrid Little Pigs, by Liz Pichon

Important People in American History

(Read-alouds interspersed throughout the year, aligned with related holidays.)

Original Read-Alouds

Trade Book Lessons

The Native Americans
The Pilgrims
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Barack Obama
Abraham Lincoln
Sally Ride
Sonia Sotomayor

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean Marzollo