Curriculum Guide: Young Knights


Young Knights

Young Knights
YK boys work daily through a curriculum that is guided by hands-on exploration and meaningful play.

Our Young Knights program is an active, hands-on learning, preschool experience for boys beginning at age two. A Young Knight is constantly moving and exploring. It is through both structured and free play that he begins to expand his boundaries and form significant attachments beyond home.

He learns to function more independently in a loving classroom environment as teachers model empathy, cooperation, and ways to communicate feelings effectively. His thinking is magical, and his vocabulary is expanding at a tremendous rate. Fine and gross motor skills are strengthened as the Young Knight engages in work and play. Whole and small group instruction is designed to cultivate a sense of wonder and promote the acquisition of self-help skills. Discovery and self-assertion are fundamental achievements for the Young Knight. His day is filled with the excitement of watching the world unfold before him.


Language Arts

  • Listen to stories
  • Understand that words convey a message
  • Simulate reading
  • Recognize first and last name in print


  • Count with help
  • Match quantity to numerals
  • Recognize basic shapes
  • Classify and sort objects into simple groups by attributes
  • Graph, make predictions


  • Experience the world through the five senses
  • Learn about plants and harvesting
  • Learn about camping and animals living in the wilderness
  • Study weather
  • Study rainforest animals and their habitats
  • Learn about ocean animals and landforms
  • Learn about everyday heroes in our community

Social/Emotional Development

  • Express emotions appropriately
  • Communicate needs and wants using words
  • Share and take turns
  • Make eye contact when interacting
  • Initiate and maintain play — independent, parallel, and group
  • Name some peers

Oral and Expressive Skills

  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Engage in conversation with teachers and peers
  • Sing songs and rhymes
  • Respond to ‘what’ and ‘why’ questions
  • Identify basic body parts, clothing, shapes, and colors
  • Follow two-part instructions

Self-Help Skills

  • Be aware of daily routine and follow it independently
  • Take care of personal belongings
  • Use restroom, wash and dry hands independently
  • Unpack lunch and attempt to open containers
  • Eat with a spoon and fork