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Curriculum & Instruction

  • Curriculum
    The district curriculum for prekindergarten is tied to the guidelines issued by the State of Texas for all students. Prekindergarten students receive instruction in all of the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, visual arts, music, and physical education to prepare them for success in kindergarten. Emphasis is placed on:

    • Language and concept development
    • Development of problem solving skills
    • Promotion of interest and joy in learning
    • Provision of ample opportunities for self-expression and divergent thinking
    • Development of responsibility and self-control
    • Promotion of feelings of security and success.

    Prekindergarten teachers are provided a state-adopted curriculum that integrates subject areas and concepts throughout a strong literacy development program.

    Prekindergarten curriculum requirements are aligned with the State Prekindergarten Guidelines. Prekindergarten is the foundation level of curriculum matrices for language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    The prekindergarten program builds upon a safe and nurturing environment that promotes growth in all areas of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children. Children learn best by being actively involved in learning experiences. The prekindergarten environment is designed to provide instructional activities to meet the individual needs of students and stimulate learning in all developmental areas with play. The prekindergarten environment is planned to support the needs of a wide range of learners and interests of the other students. Teachers continuously monitor and assess student learning in order to provide sequential instruction to accommodate each child's growth. Students are provided opportunities to work individually as well as in large and small groups.

    Instruction
    Learning centers are an integral part of the prekindergarten program. Learning centers provide growth experiences for prekindergarten students in a manner that motivates learning. A learning center is an area within the room that contains manipulatives and/or equipment to enhance learning. Items are chosen to support to teaching, reinforcing, and enriching skills and concepts related to the state suggested guidelines for prekindergarten. As the needs for the children grow and change, centers are changed to meet the needs of students. Through centers, students learn about new academic concepts as well as self-responsibility, how to follow directions, complete tasks, share materials, and communicate their needs. Some examples of learning centers in the prekindergarten classroom include:

    • home living
    • creative dramatics
    • blocks
    • manipulatives
    • science
    • listening
    • art
    • library
    • alphabet centers
    • writing
    • storytelling/puppets
    • pocket chart and poetry
    • mathematics

    For more detailed information on our learning centers, please click here for information in English and/or click here for information in Spanish.

    In prekindergarten, students are observed as they are involved in daily activities. Assessment occurs as they interact with material and other children. A report card to parents is provided during the school year to further communicate and document specific learning progress.

    Your teacher will provide you with more detailed information on the class schedule and other information you will need once school gets started.

     Times of Instruction:

    Full Day:  7:40am - 3:00 pm