Prekindergarten for 4 Year Olds

Houston Four-Year-Old Preschool Program

With the looming transition to Kindergarten approaching, Pre-K at The Childhood Center is all about preparing your child for the challenges ahead. Our curriculum is educational as well as fun. More independent and outgoing than ever, your Pre-Kindergarten student socializes with both teachers and peers while playing and learning. Our structured environment helps further develop essential skills.

Featured prominently in the Pre-K room are learning centers that excite and stimulate your child’s desire to learn. From the always important reading station that encourages your child’s love of reading in conjunction with our extensive library to our math and science centers that instill confidence in your Pre-Kindergartener, the child development staff at The Childhood Center helps instill the knowledge and confidence that your 4-year-old needs to be a successful student his/her entire life.

Academic Skills Developed Include:


  • Completing a puzzle with 20-50 pieces
  • Counting up to 10 objects
  • Indentifying and sequencing numbers 1-20
  • Sorting objects based on visual measurements
  • Using words to describe locations, directions and sizes
  • Understanding ordinal numbers first through 10th
  • Understanding halves and wholes


  • Utilizing the scientific method by making predictions, testing hypotheses, observing and forming or revising hypotheses
  • Identifying common traits
  • Recognizing the importance of adaptation for survival
  • Understanding habitats
  • Recognizing seasons
  • Understanding that all living creatures and plants have basic needs
  • Classifying items by similar traits, such as texture, color and shape


  • Recognizing printed first and last name
  • Recognizing rhyming words
  • Completing three-step tasks
  • Further developing his/her vocabulary
  • Speaking in complete sentences
  • Retelling stories in the correct sequence
  • Rejecting the urge to use “baby talk


  • Indentifying uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Forming stories to match the pictures within a book
  • Memorizing the words to his/her favorite book
  • Reenacting a favorite story
  • Recognizing if mistakes occur during the reading of a favorite book

Social and Emotional Development

  • Handling transitions to new activities
  • Playing with friends in a more traditional manner
  • Creating rules and roles for play
  • Showing empathy toward others
  • Working independently or in a group
  • Solving conflict verabally
  • Sharing
  • Respecting others and their property
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  • Taking turns
  • Engaging in fantasy play


  • Printing his/her name
  • Working from left to right
  • Drawing shapes that resemble actual objects
  • Copying basic shapes
  • Asking for someone to write a story to go along with the picture he/she drew
  • Holding writing implements correctly
  • Recognizing classmates’ printed names
  • Using scissors to cut lines, curves, swirls and acute angles
  • Using laces, snaps, buttons and zippers
  • Folding papers in halves, quarters and diagonally
  • Containing coloring to defined areas