As children progress into our transitional kindergarten (TK), the nurturing environment they have come to know gradually becomes more structured. We begin teaching reading through basic phonics, engage in hands-on math activities, practice spelling, and learn simple grammar rules. Music, art, and physical education also play an important part in the TK curriculum.
Curriculum highlights include:
Language Arts: Early phonics; beginning and ending sounds; short sound blends; comprehension; vocabulary; high-frequency sight words; rhyming words; sentence structure; handwriting and spelling.
Math: Number recognition, counting, sorting, grouping, dates, spatial relationships, shapes, categorizing, patterns, estimation, measurement, model graphing, money, addition and subtraction.
Social Studies Themes: All About Me; My Family Tree; About Texas; Holidays Around the World; Exploring Our World; Celebrating America; Transportation; Community Helpers; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Science: Land, air, water; living versus nonliving things; trees and flowers; migrating, hibernating and nocturnal animals; digestive and skeletal systems; nutrition, dental hygiene and healthy habits; reptiles, birds, and dinosaurs; planets and space
Fine Motor Skills: writing upper and lower case letters, dates, and numbers; printing first and last name; copying sentences; cutting and gluing.
Specialty Classes: Arts, library, music, physical education and Spanish are all an integral part of our TK curriculum and are conducted by professional teachers once a week. These classes allow children to express themselves, practice gross and fine motor skills and develop social skills.