Our young Owls practice readiness skills in small groups or one-on-one with teachers. Student instruction includes:
Active participation in songs
Preschoolers master recognition of upper case letters and are introduced to the letter sounds using Handwriting Without Tears. Students learn to form letters in conjunction with multi-sensory introductions for each letter. Preschoolers enjoy becoming part of a social community as they expand their vocabulary and language fluency through storytelling, dramatic play, discovery, and participation in exciting discussions in morning meeting.
Math readiness in Preschool lays the foundation for future mathematical success. Preschoolers learn to identify:
Sort objects into sets based on similarities and differences
They also order two or three items based on graduated size or sequence, recognize numbers in order up to 10, and identify basic patterns in the components of a monthly calendar. Students learn to count by rote up to 30 and recognize printed numerals in order up to a minimum of 10.
Preschool Social Studies is designed to help students become aware of themselves as individuals and as members of their families, neighborhoods, and communities. Students learn about safety and good health practices.
Role play, songs, games, and art projects help students learn to explore their environment.
Pre-Kindergarten students practice readiness skills for reading, writing, spelling, and oral expression. Recognition of upper and lower case letters as well as sound/symbol associations are introduced by "The Letter People" through whimsical stories and songs.
Students develop as emergent readers through a sight word vocabulary and working with word families. Students learn to form letters in conjunction with multi-sensory introductions for each letter using the Handwriting Without Tears programs.
In addition, students begin identifying rhyming words and learn to follow one, two, and three step directions. Children listen to stories and answer questions as they participate in class discussions. Technological devices offer students practice and enrichment.
Pre-Kindergarten children enjoy finding basic math concepts within their environment. Students sort and group objects into sets. They learn to count by rote up to 100 and to recognize printed numerals up to a minimum of 20. Students are introduced to addition and subtraction through:
Basic concepts of time
Patterning through manipulatives, money, and songs
Pre-Kindergarten students enjoy discovering basic science concepts. Our young scientists study the weather and seasonal changes, and the growth of plants and animals by gathering scientific information through observation. Favorite activities include:
GEMS units (such as elephants, opossums, eggs, penguins, and insects)
This course is designed as a conversational and exploratory introduction to Spanish, based in, but not limited to the AIM language curriculum. Concepts are introduced in a variety of contexts using the third-person present tense verb conjugation as the foundation. Raps, songs and rhymes encourage pleasant repetition.
Pre-Kindergarten children develop an appreciation for art while developing fine motor skills. Students learn to differentiate colors, textures, and shapes. Our goals are for students to become proficient in working with scissors, glue, crayons, and paints; to work from pattern and trace stencils; and to recognize similarities and differences.
Pre-K artists will learn that art revolves around science themes, letters, and seasonal projects.
Kindergarten students enjoy the experience of a multi-sensory program designed to foster critical thinking, auditory, visual, and fine motor skills. The year begins with a review of the 26 letters of the alphabet and their sounds. The associations of letter names, sounds, and formation are stressed as students develop word attack skills and a foundation for spelling.
Students use stories and personal experiences as topics to write in daily journals. In addition, kindergarten students learn to retell stories in sequence, identify similarities and differences, distinguish between fact and fantasy, and categorize information.
The Imagine It series, guided reading books, A-Z Reading, and activities that supplement the curricula through the use of technological devices, provide our students with the keys to become successful life-long readers, writers, and spellers.
Kindergarten math is designed to lay the foundation for future mathematical concepts. Kindergarten students enjoy learning to count to 100 and beyond and by 2s, 5s and 10s.
Students begin to understand addition, subtraction, and division in the context of equal sharing. Students study equivalence in a variety of ways to express the same number (2+4, 5+1, 7-1) and various measurements such as length, weight, cost, temperature, and the passage of time.
They perform simple data collection and graph their findings. Kindergarteners enjoy exploring geometric concepts. Enrichment and practice are supplemented through the use of technological devices.
Kindergarten scientists are provided with a variety of hands-on opportunities using the scientific method to develop an understanding of basic science concepts. This scientific journey includes seeds and plants, animals, the human body, the life cycle of different organisms, weather and seasons, oceans and ocean life, and the properties of matter.
The social studies curriculum in kindergarten helps students become aware of themselves and the world around them. Students learn about their community and the state of Texas as they are introduced to geographical concepts and skills. The kindergarten students study famous people, holidays, cultural diversity, and the concept of patriotism. Children continue to explore the world around them through "Studies Weekly" program.
This course is designed as a conversational and exploratory introduction into Spanish, based in, but not limited to the AIM language curriculum.
Concepts are introduced in a variety of contexts using the 3rd person present tense verb conjugation as the foundation on which to build other forms. Raps, songs and rhymes are used to encourage pleasant repetition.
Kindergarten art provides students with developmentally appropriate experiences through a variety of media. They learn to appreciate art while developing fine and gross motor skills coordination, visual discrimination, and an awareness of line, color, shape, and texture. Art provides students opportunities for self-expression.
Music and Movement for Kindergarten emphasizes body awareness and positive self-image.
Students are encouraged to be aware of their personal space and others as they participate in developmentally-appropriate activities that focus on gross and fine motor skills, balance, and rhythmic movement. Student programs celebrate their skills in the fall and spring family performances.