Our Pre-kindergarten teachers are certified in: Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language and Special Education.
WHAT HAPPENS IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN?
Pre-kindergarten can be one of a child’s most exciting years in school. Four-year-olds are naturally curious and eager to learn. Pre-kindergarteners leave the AISD program with a love of learning and the skills they need to be successful students and citizens.
Every AISD prekindergarten class in AISD has a certified teacher to provide enriching experiences for the children.
Young children learn through play and hands-on activities. High priorities are learning about the alphabet, expanding vocabulary, developing awareness of language sounds (phonological awareness) and the building of social/emotional skills.
Students who speak languages other than English are served by a teacher of English as a Second Language.
WHAT DO PRE-KINDERGARTENERS LEARN?
The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is based on the Texas Education Agency's State-Approved curriculum "Scholastic Big Day".
Areas included are:
Social & Emotional Development
Language & Communication
Oral language, alphabet recognition, and phonological awareness (awareness of language sounds) are emphasized in prekindergarten. Children learn to interact with others and monitor their own behavior. Expressing themselves through words, art, and music is also part of the curriculum. Children develop observation and thinking skills through math, science, and social studies. Computers are introduced as tools for learning.
HOW DO PRE-KINDERGARTENERS LEARN?
Prekindergarteners are active learners. They learn through music, movement, and hands-on activities. A typical day in a prekindergarten classroom includes time in a large group setting, participating in stories, songs, and rhymes with classmates. During the day, there is also time for small group instruction where the teacher teaches reinforces important skills. Children also have time to choose their activities at learning centers. These may include blocks, dramatic play, computers, library, and writing centers. In prekindergarten, children also eat a meal and play outdoors.
Homework in pre-kindergarten includes periodic family projects and DAILY reading. The most important experience for young children is to be read to daily. Children should be read to at least 10 minutes per day outside of school. Worksheets and workbooks are not used in developmentally appropriate prekindergarten classes.
WHAT DOES PRE-KINDERGARTEN LOOK LIKE?
The typical pre-kindergarten day includes
Large group instruction
Small group instruction
Active learning time (playground/ gym)