Our preschool program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully-designed learning environments and enriched activities, our teachers ensure your preschooler will have a joyful, appropriate and meaningful learning experience that leads to success in school, and in life.

Our preschool program helps children advance their skills in pre-academic areas such as literacy, math, and science, as well as in other essential areas such as art, social and emotional well being, and health and wellness. Our child-centered approach ensures that children are exposed to a diverse array of learning activities and that they thrive in all areas of child development, creative thinking, problem solving, empathetic collaboration, curious investigation and astute decision-making.

Unique and age-appropriate learning experiences are the framework of Cross Timbers pre-kindergarten pre-K program, including exposure to:

  • Science
  • Math
  • Arts
  • Language
  • Other Subjects

Some of the skills that children are developing in our older preschooler’s program include:

  • Participating in teacher-led group activities
  • Managing transitions
  • Following rules and routines
  • Counting
  • Sorting
  • Expressing themselves through art and movement
  • Identifying some printed letters and words
  • Learning Sounds of letters putting Consonants and vowels together to make blends

Developing literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten is one of the primary goals of our Pre-k Program. To meet this goal, we infuse print and literacy experiences into each learning center throughout our classrooms. Our older preschoolers always have access to paper and different writing utensils to work on developing a pencil grasp and to advance fine motor coordination. When children are having fun, are interested in the activity, and are using multiple senses, they learn and retain more information.

The curriculum for our older preschoolers is based on two-week-long studies with topics including the changing seasons, community helpers, animal habitats and adaptations, transportation, and wacky science experiments. We always start a new study by asking the children what they already know about the new topic and what they want to learn. Our teachers adapt the curriculum through the use of different learning experiences to meet the developmental needs and interests of each student.

Bringing Hands on Learning into the Classrooms

All of our activities are play-based and engaging and we extend the curriculum in order to provide exceptional experiences. For instance, each autumn as we learn about the changes in the seasons and the community in which we live, our older preschoolers take field trips to pick pumpkins at local patch. In the spring, we bring nature to us by watching caterpillars turn into butterflies.

The classrooms for our older preschoolers are divided into many different learning centers. These include:

  • Dramatic play (where children can dress up and take on family and community helper roles)
  • Block and building
  • Sensory tables (which we change based on our current study)
  • Manipulatives and math
  • Science
  • Art and creative expression
  • A cozy corner (a soft and calming area where children can go to relax and
    have time alone if they choose)
  • Literacy
  • Music and movement

The learning areas may change their appearance throughout the month based on our themes. For instance, our dramatic play center might turn into an airport as we learn about transportation, or into a farm as we talk about life cycles. Students often add their own props to these areas for use during play.

We foster our students’ independence by encouraging them to choose which centers they would like to explore and play in during our center time. You will find that our teachers move throughout each area while children are playing in order to promote social skills, language development, and higher order thinking. During this time, our teachers are also making observations of their students’ development and they are planning future challenges which will further their skills.

Communication with our Pre-K Parents

Communication between parents and teachers is always a top priority. Families receive an emailed daily report which includes each of the day’s activities, projects, and discussions. In addition, informative bulletin boards displaying the curriculum, calendar, menus, notices, and other important information can be found outside of each classroom.