OUR CURRICULUM

Curriculum

Our curriculum was designed by a Doctor of Education with a degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Design. Our curriculum was created with the whole child in mind. We teach academic readiness, health and well being, and environmental awareness.

Academic readiness:

Our curriculum is literature based. We make learning fun by using stories children love to teach material in an engaging manner. Each week a child will hear a wonderful children’s story that they will use to explore all the things they need to know to be ready and, in most cases, ahead in kindergarten. Research suggests that a good foundation in early learning is necessary for elementary age children to build knowledge on. Learning takes place by making connections with what is already known. Children try to make sense of new information by relating the new knowledge to what they already know. 

We align our curriculum with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. These are standards students are expected to know by the end of each academic year. Thus you can rest assured that your child will have the necessary knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten. A strong foundation will promote life long learning.

We base our curriculum on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences is a theory proposing that there are different styles of learning and everyone has different strengths in regard to those styles. Howard Gardner developed 7 styles of learning: Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, and Logical-Mathematical. He theorized that we each learn in all seven styles, but we have predominant styles of learning. Since we don’t all learn in the same style, material should be presented in multiple styles so that everyone has a chance to understand the material. Furthermore, while we should learn material in the predominant style we should also exercise use of the other styles. Since material will not always be presented in multiple styles it is important that we develop the other styles and still learn in our predominant style. We use this theory when developing our lessons by ensuring that material is presented throughout the week in each of the seven learning styles and that every child has an opportunity to explore the material in each learning style.

Health and Well-being

We model healthy habits such as hand washing, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water throughout the day and getting adequate rest and exercise. We promote healthy eating by providing nutritious meals and snacks that children have a hand in planning so that they understand how to make healthy choices.

Part of any person’s well-being includes their emotional and social state. We teach children behavior traits that help them develop emotionally and socially. Each month focuses on a character trait related to manners, socially acceptable behaviors and proper ways of handling emotions. This is integrated right into the curriculum to nurture the whole child.

Environmental awareness

One aspect of our curriculum is making children aware of their environmental impact. As we all are aware, the impact we have had on our environment is beginning to takes in toll on the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the animals in our world, and many other areas. We believe, as in everything else we teach, that it is much harder to change a behavior than it is to learn a behavior. We feel that if we teach kids ways in which they can protect our environment now while they are young, these awarenesses will become habit and carry over into adulthood. Being green would be a natural part of their daily lives as opposed to something they have to remember to do or implement later. If they always turn off the light when they leave a room it won’t be so hard to remember that later. We teach environmental awareness and energy conservation through modeling that lifestyle in our center. We encourage students to recycle, turn off water when not in use, turn off lights and experiment with ways to be more green.  We have a garden children use to learn a wealth of knowledge about our environment and ways to protect it. We collect rainwater, experiment with solar energy and utilize many other opportunities to encourage environmental awareness.