The embarK12™ program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare children for kindergarten. The program includes 18 thematic units with instructional activities in six subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, and music. There is a detailed Guide for instruction that accompanies each thematic unit. Developed for Pre–K children, embarK12 engages learners through direct experience, interactive media, and a variety of multisensory activities guided by a teacher or learning coach. Interactive technology, storytelling, personal narrative, and functional communication are key aspects of embarK12. The program follows guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, and online and offline activities align with Pre–K standards and expectations for kindergarten readiness. Learning objectives aim to foster intellectual and socio-emotional development in age-appropriate contexts while supporting children's physical development.back to top
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Unit 1 - I Am Special
Students learn what makes each one of them unique and special. They explore their own physical characteristics and observe these features in other people. They consider ways that people may be similar or different, and they sort and classify objects. Students learn how people grow and change over time. They introduce themselves, greet others, and discuss responsible behavior and the importance of following established rules.
Unit 2 - Family and Friends
Students identify family members and describe relationships. They recognize themselves as part of a family unit and learn that families differ. Students explore stages of growth and the human life cycle. They express ideas about friendship and differentiate first and last names. Students discriminate sets and patterns and recognize literary elements in stories read aloud. They recognize rhymes and track letters and numbers from left to right. Students practice introductions, role-play phone conversations, and engage in friendly dialogue with others.
Unit 3 - Weather and Calendar
Students explore the calendar and learn weather vocabulary. They observe and describe outdoor conditions, record observations over time, and discover that weather patterns vary in different regions. Students associate appropriate clothing and activities with various weather conditions. They recognize and reproduce sound patterns, track letters and numbers from left to right and top to bottom, and differentiate upper and lower case letters. Students match and compare sets and interpret data in bar graphs and pictographs.
Unit 4 - My Five Senses
Students investigate the five senses and explore their surroundings using their senses. They match body parts with specific senses and recognize that all five senses may not function well for all people. Students explore ways that technology supports use of the senses. They learn descriptive vocabulary and express feelings about experiences. Students sort objects, extend patterns, and apply more than and less than in describing two or more groups of objects. Students differentiate the name of the letter from the sound of a letter and recognize their own name in print.
Unit 5 - Hats, Shoes, and More
Students learn clothing vocabulary, describe, sort, and compare articles of clothing, and express opinions about clothing. Students recognize that clothing styles differ (regional and cultural) and how clothing relates to health and safety. Students explain the process of getting dressed and identify various fasteners and materials. They reproduce a simple design and explain what defines a given set of objects. Students recall and retell story events in order and describe the setting of a given story. They recognize and reproduce selected phonemes and write their own name.
Unit 6 - How Big?
Students investigate differences in physical size and describe two or more attributes of selected objects. They sort and order objects by size and use informal measurement tools to analyze and express size differences. They describe and compare familiar objects and record observations. Students use antonyms, identify 2D plane figures, and recognize symmetry in graphic representations. They sequence story events and discriminate sounds and patterns in multisyllabic words. Students create a collage explore vocal tone, and identify high and low pitch.
Unit 7 - Our World
Students investigate the world around them, learn that the earth is a sphere, and distinguish between land and water. They explore the properties of water and soil and observe rocks. They recognize and count numbers up to 10, create equal sets of objects, and order objects from smallest to largest or largest to smallest. Students learn about maps and map symbols and identify basic landforms. They practice saying hello in different languages, retell familiar stories, and discuss characters from stories read aloud.
Unit 8 - Looking at Animals
Students explore the animal kingdom, describe and compare the physical characteristics of animals, and organize animals into sets and logical groups. They learn about different animal coverings, how animals move, and how baby animals differ from adults. They also learn how animals help people and how they are adapted to their surroundings. Students interpret data from pictographs and discuss pets as a special group. They experience poetry, rhyming, and word patterns and retell familiar stories.
Unit 9 - Is It Real?
Students distinguish between real and make-believe in various media and literature selections. They experience and contrast fantasy with reality in stories and explore folk tales and common themes from folklore. Students differentiate living from nonliving things and identify what living things need to survive. They investigate and describe their natural surroundings and will learn how humans use natural resources. Students associate sounds with letters and identify words and word variations in printed text.
Unit 10 - Where We Live
Students identify and describe various housing styles and different building materials and recognize a home as a place for shelter and safety. Students also explore animal homes and make a 3-D model of a home. They learn about their address, telephone number, and basic map symbols and read and respond to text that represents different cultures and time periods. Students count up to 15 and skip count by 2 up to 10. They recognize and extend patterns and reproduce a simple design.
Unit 11 - Lunchtime
Students identify, describe, and sort different foods and beverages into logical groups. They express food preferences and name healthy food choices. Students count up to 16, apply addition concepts, and compare liquid volume. They collect data about food preferences and make graphs to display those details. Students discuss meals and copy labels for common foods with appropriate letter size. They explain the purpose of illustrations, charts, and graphs.
Unit 12 - People and Places
Students describe a local community, identify buildings, and name community helpers. They work with simple maps and interpret map symbols. Students observe and sort rocks and minerals, investigate with magnets, use simple building tools, and construct models of buildings. They identify geometric shapes in the built environment, explore 3-D shapes, and compare numbers using the phrases more than and less than. Students identify vowels and differentiate among vowel sounds. They sequence events from a text and identify story structure.
Unit 13 - Green All Around
Students observe and identify plants as living things. They explain how plants grow and change, name plant parts, and learn how to plant seeds and take care of seedlings. They recognize and describe variation among plants and how this relates to different environments and regions. Students count up to 19, combine two numbers or sets to demonstrate addition, and demonstrate understanding of ordinal numbers. Students retell and re-enact stories in proper order, recognize consonant blends, and use proper spacing when writing simple words.
Unit 14 - Changing Seasons
Students name the four seasons and contrast weather conditions in different seasons. They identify their favorite season and describe seasonal changes. Using a model, they describe the earth as a sphere, identify the north and south poles, and explain that sunshine lights and warms the earth. Students recognize and repeat rhyming patterns and apply the concept of opposites. They preview and discuss text read aloud and identify details from informational text. Students explain rules for given patterns and demonstrate understanding of subtraction concepts by “taking away” objects from groups.
Unit 15 - From Here to There
Students observe, describe, and investigate movement of objects and compare the force required to move objects. They name and compare common methods of transport, tell why transportation is important, and contrast old and new ways of transport. They observe and explore how wheels and ramps help with movement. They count and complete a number sequence up to 20, skip count by 2 and 5, and write numerals up to 20. Students make predictions before and during reading and sequence events from a text. They use a variety of lines in drawings and create an original sculpture from a model.
Unit 16 - Earth and Sky
Students identify and name the earth, moon, and sun and their relative size. They learn that sunlight shines on the earth and investigate light and shadows. They differentiate moon phases and make a model of the earth, moon, and sun. Students create simple number sentences to show addition and subtraction. They seek information from text and add supporting details to written work and drawings. Students discriminate between real and imaginary aspects of artwork.
Unit 17 - What Time Is It?
Students recognize a clock face and digital clock and learn to tell time to the hour. They differentiate before and after and organize daily activities according to time sequence. They recognize various devices that tell time (present and past) and make a simple timeline. Students recognize that the earth spins to cause day and night patterns. They retell a story, sequence events from a text, and match and write upper and lower case letters.
Unit 18 - American Symbols and Holidays
Students explore selected holidays celebrated in the United States: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Students learn the vocabulary, symbols, colors, music, and common customs associated with these holidays. Students learn about foods associated with holidays and play holiday games. They use a number line and recognize and name dates on the calendar, including the use of ordinal numbers. Students recognize the flag as a national symbol and explore flags from various countries.back to top
Number of Lessons and Scheduling
Designed for flexible implementation, this one-year program includes 18 thematic units. Each thematic unit contains 16 hours of academic content delivered through learning modules. A learning module is a 40-minute chunk of instructional time that includes both online and offline activities. The complete embarK12 program includes 432 learning modules that contain 288 hours of engaging content. Users have the option of using all or part of the content, selecting units or modules that best meet their students' needs. In some cases, users may choose content that expands or enriches pre–K curricula already in place. Users may also make decisions to use certain parts of the curriculum to complement or accommodate for existing schedules or curricula in pre–K settings.
Total Lessons: 432back to top