The Pre-Kindergarten Syllabus is gentle by design. It is set up to be completed over 1 year or 2 years depending on the student’s ability and interest.  The syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Phonics, Handwriting, Listening Skills, Art and Social Studies. It also contains a variety of teaching resources, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips and several lists of grade level appropriate literature. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.

In Religion we use A Catholic Child’s First Bible by Rev. Victor Hoagland, Once Upon a Time Saints, and Glory Story CD's. In the second year of Religion we use the Children's Bible (Golden Press) to familiarize the student with the New Testament Bible stories that will help him to acquire true principles in order to form correct judgments about the world. In Mathematics we use MODG's Math Foundations texts to introduce the student to the world of numbers and basic addition and subtraction. In Phonics we use MODG's Alphabet Birds to introduce the child to letters along with beautiful art and science. In Writing we use MODG's Writing Skills followed by  Writing our Catholic Faith PK to introduce the student to the formation of letters. In Listening Skills we use The Harp and Laurel Wreath which provide excellent selections of poetry for the parent to read to the student and for the student to memorize. In Art we use MODG"s Pre-School Art to introduce the student to art appreciation. In addition the syllabus has several lists of good literature for the student.

You can purchase the materials for our Pre-Kindergarten Syllabus directly from MODG at modgbooks.com!  Our bookstore carries two PreSchool kits of materials for your convenience:  the Complete Kit and the Essentials Kit.  The Complete Kit contains all of the required items from the Pre-K syllabus, along with a selection of the reading books.  The Essentials Kit contains the basic items needed to complete the syllabus, but does not include extra reading books or manipulative math aids.

Current Edition: © 2016.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

English
  • Essential 5
    • Alphabet Birds
      Pipes, Jessica & Berquist, Lisa
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Preschool Writing Skills
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth & Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 31 Pages
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays
      Beall, Pamela Conn & Nipp, Susan Hagan
      Wee Sing
    • Writing Our Catholic Faith PK
      Wasylyk, Thomas & Jennifer
      Universal Publishing — 80 Pages
      ISBN: 1934732060
  • Supplemental - Optional 38
Fine Arts
  • Essential 1
    • Preschool Art
      O'Reilly, Emily & Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 36 Pages
Mathematics
  • Essential 6
    • Magnetic Match Rings
      Popular Playthings
      Popular Playthings
    • Math Foundations I
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth; O'Reilly, Emily & Hayden Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Math Foundations II
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth; O'Reilly, Emily & Hayden Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 30 Pages
    • Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus
      Melissa & Doug
      Melissa & Doug Toys
      ISBN: 0077200493
    • Number Balance
      Educational Insights
      Educational Insights
    • Scoop-a-Bug
      Lakeshore
      Lakeshore
Religion
  • Essential 6
    • A Catholic Child's First Bible
      Hoagland, Fr Victor
      Regina Press Malhame & Company — 94 Pages
      ISBN: 0882712500
    • Glory Story Complete CD Collection
      Holy Heroes
      Holy Heroes LLC
    • More Once Upon a Time Saints
      Pochocki, Ethel
      Bethlehem Books — 106 Pages
      ISBN: 1883937345
    • My Picture Missal
      Lovasik, Lawrence
      Catholic Book Publishing Corp
      ISBN: 0899422756
    • Once upon a Time Saints
      Pochocki, Ethel
      Bethlehem Books — 82 Pages
      ISBN: 1883937159
    • The Children's Bible
      Golden Books, Jose Miralles
      Golden Inspirational — 512 Pages
      ISBN: 0307165205
  • Supplemental - Optional 3
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 1
Social Studies
  • Essential 1
    • Our World
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth & Yanoschik, Claire
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 53 Pages

Samples

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

Introduction: For the saint stories, we recommend using the Once Upon a Time Saints book series and the Holy Heroes: Glory Stories CD’s. If you are not able to use these, another resource is The Children’s Book of Saints by Louis M. Savary. If you use this book, you should read about two saints a week for 21 weeks. 

Read “God made the World”, “Adam and Eve”, “Noah’s Ark”, and “God Calls Abram” from A Catholic Child’s First Bible by Rev. Victor Hoagland.

2

Today ask your child a question about each chapter of yesterday’s reading. Suggested questions: Who made the world? Why did Adam and Eve have to leave the garden? Why did Noah have to build the ark? What did God tell Abram to do?

3

Read about Saint Alice and Saint Ambrose from Once Upon a Time Saints by Ethel Pochocki and Kathy Holbrook.

Day Assignment
1

Read Zacharias and Elizabeth and An Angel Visits Mary (pp. 346-349) in The Golden Children's Bible

Optional: Read The Annunciation (pp. 94-95) in New Catholic Picture Bible

2

Re-read Zacharias and Elizabeth and An Angel Visits Mary (pp. 346-349) in The Golden Children's Bible. Retell the Annunciation. Illustrate your story.

Optional: Re-read The Annunciation (pp. 94-95) in New Catholic Picture Bible

3

Read The Birth of John the Baptist (p. 350) in The Golden Children's Bible

Optional: Read The Visitation (pp. 96-97) in New Catholic Picture Bible

4

Re-read The Birth of John the Baptist (p. 350) in The Golden Children's Bible. Retell the Birth of John the Baptist. Illustrate your story.

Optional: Re-read The Visitation (pp. 96-97) in New Catholic Picture Bible

Day Assignment
1

Have the student complete Identification: Worksheets 1 and 2 in Math Foundations I.

2

Have your student play with the  scoop a bugs kit. 

Day Assignment
1

Do worksheets 1 and 2 in Math Foundations II.

2

Have your student play with the magnet patterns kit.

Day Assignment
1

Read about the "Apapane" bird. Teach  the letter name and sound.

 
2

Review the letter "A" name and sound. Have your student trace the letter with your finger after you do it.

3

Review the letter "A" name and sound.  See if your student can tell you the name and sound without a prompt. If he can't, give the name and see if the student has the sound memorized. If the student struggles, have him once against trace  the letter with his finger. You may want to do it first.

Day Assignment
1

The lesson plan is designed for 15 weeks. It may be expanded to 30 weeks by taking two weeks to complete each week listed here as there are usually 2 worksheets each day. 

Complete pages 2 and 3 of "Writing Our Catholic Faith".

2

Complete pages 4 and  5 of "Writing Our Catholic Faith".

3

Complete pages 6 and 7 of "Writing Our Catholic Faith".

Day Assignment
1

The lesson plan is designed for 15 weeks. It may be expanded to 30 weeks in either of these following ways: 

  1. Taking two weeks to complete each week listed here as there are two worksheets each week.
  2. Alternating these 15 weeks with some of the Activities listed on page 1 of the PreSchool Writing Skills book.

Scribble each star. Complete a maze.

Day Assignment
1

Read aloud the poem “Whole Duty of Children” by Robert Louis Stevenson to your child and have him begin to memorize it.  Ask him to repeat the title and author a few times. (This poem and all those that follow can be found in The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist).

2

Say “5-9-2-8” to your child. Ask your child to repeat the sequence of numbers back to you. Ask your child if he remembers the name of the poem that you read yesterday. The author? If not, tell him again and ask him to repeat it. Read the poem aloud. Repeat the first line, “A child should always say what’s true”, and ask him to say that. Then ask him to say the title, author and first line.  Help him if necessary. Let him repeat it until he is comfortable with it.  Read the whole poem to him one more time.

3

Have your child learn and repeat the fingerplay “Eentsy Weentsy Spider”. Have him work on memorizing “Whole Duty of Children”. Ask your child to tell you the name of the poem he is learning, and the author.  Can he say the first line?  Help him if necessary.  Now read the whole poem aloud.  Repeat the title and author and the first two lines, e.g.:

  • “Whole Duty of Children” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A child should always say what’s true
  • And speak when he is spoken to

Ask him to say it with you, or, if he can, to say it alone. Say it a few times together. If he knows it, have him repeat the next line, “And behave mannerly at table” and correct any mistakes.  If he can’t remember the line, tell him.

Day Assignment
1

Use the booklists in the back of this syllabus throughout the year. There is a list of books to help you observe the saints’ feast days, and a calendar of saints’ feast days. There is another list of books for the liturgical seasons of the year, and a third list of good children’s books. There should be some “read aloud” time every day.

2

Read aloud some books from the booklist. 

3

Read aloud some books from the booklist. 

Day Assignment
1

Do page 2. "Summer" . Also do Seasons: Worksheet 1.

Day Assignment
1

Study "The Pool, Medfield" using the guide questions in the book.