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Pre-Kindergarten Standards Aligned Teaching Resources

While the official Common Core doesn’t have standards for pre-kindergarten students, eSpark Learning understands this is a crucial time to introduce mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). That’s why we have developed standards-aligned resources for each subject, helping pre-k teachers lay the foundation that will help students succeed in the years to come.

For Pre-K math, the standards-aligned teaching resources introduce the basic principles of counting, including:

  • Counting to 10
  • Understanding sequences
  • Counting objects
  • Matching numbers to objects
  • Introducing comparative language (e.g., ‘more or less than’)

Through eSpark’s activities and assignments, Pre-K students should aim to recite numbers in order, understand the relationship between written numbers and quantities, and count zero to 10 objects in any type of configuration.

In Pre-K ELA, eSpark’s resources lay the foundation for reading, language, and literature. More specifically, students will learn about:

  • Recognizing letters of the alphabet
  • Identifying words that rhyme
  • Engaging in, listening to, and telling stories
  • Meanings of words
  • Discovering and defining unknown words

Pre-K is the perfect opportunity to get students on the right learning track from the very beginning, setting them up for success as they enter Kindergarten. With these standards-aligned resources, they’ll have the familiarity, knowledge, and confidence to tackle the standards put in front of them the following year. 

Through interactive games, videos, activities, and critical thinking assessments, eSpark Learning helps support Pre-K teachers as they introduce math and ELA to young minds. Developed from the Common Core standards, our curriculum drives a deeper understanding of each subject and concept. The goal? To help students lay a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that will successfully grow as they do.

See Pre-K Standards Teaching Resources by Subject

Pre-K Math

Pre-K math includes seven standards, all of which ladder up to one domain: Counting and Cardinality. Because this is an introductory curriculum, students will learn brand-new concepts. As they make their way through the standards, students build their knowledge through repetition, practice, and consistency. By reciting numbers, counting objects, and bringing the two together, Pre-K students will have an impressive head start as they enter Kindergarten. 

Explore eSpark’s Curriculum for Pre-K math to unlock teaching resources, activities, assignments — all aligned with the Common Core standards.


Pre-K ELA includes a total of 18 standards — divided into three domains. By the end of the year, Pre-K students should have a solid grasp of the alphabet, familiar words and letter sounds, listening to and understanding stories, describing places, and learning new words.

Dive into the entire Pre-K ELA curriculum to explore activities that align with each standard.

See Pre-K Standards Teaching Resources by Domain

Pre-K Math

As stated above, the Pre-K standards-aligned resources include just one domain. Within it, eSpark will introduce activities, videos, and more to help them apply their brand-new knowledge. Here’s what teachers can expect Pre-K students to learn:

Counting and Cardinality

  • Recite numbers 1-20 (in order)
  • Understand the idea of ‘before’ and ‘after’ in number sequences
  • Match numbers to objects
  • Understand ‘more or less than’
  • Match written numerals with quantities


Pre-K ELA standards are divided into three domains: Reading Foundational Skills, Language, and Reading Literature. By the end of the year, students should recognize and name many letters of the alphabet, identify sounds and words, establish word meanings, and become engaged with storytelling. Here’s a closer look at what Pre-K students will learn:

Reading Foundational Skills

  • Learn and recognize several letters of the alphabet
  • Begin to identify words that rhyme in familiar songs and jingles
  • Identify the most common letter sounds in familiar words, like names and classroom items
  • Start to engage with and understand different stories

Reading Literature

  • Listen to and retell familiar stories, nursery rhymes, or poems
  • Identify important characters and settings of familiar stories
  • Use context clues and illustrations to define unfamiliar words
  • Recognize different types of texts, like stories and poems
  • Tell a familiar story with pictures
  • Identify and compare similar characters and experiences from different stories


  • Generate words with similar meanings
  • Sort objects into different categories, like colors, shapes, and textures
  • Start to understand opposites of familiar words
  • Describe real-life places
  • Understand the meaning of different verbs through playing and creativity

Ready to get started teaching the standards with eSpark?