Once in our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, our teachers take the hands-on learning approach to a new level. Math, science, language, reading, writing, art and more pave the way to preparing children for Kindergarten. Our Scope and Sequence is specially designed around what children need to know in order to be successful, creative thinkers and doers in an elementary classroom setting.
Our Pre-K classrooms follow a Scope and Sequence based curriculum and a “centers” based approach to learning. We also use Handwriting Without Tears and other resources from Scholastic to prepare our children for a seamless and successful transition to Kindergarten. Teachers use developmental checklists, Kindergarten math and phonics exercises enveloped in a weekly thematic topic.
The teachers in the Pre-K rooms use tablets and the KidsReports app to provide regular updates throughout the day and letting parents know their child’s activities for the day. Parents also receive real time updates during the day letting them know about their child’s daily activities. Additionally, the Kids Report app allow the teachers to take pictures and videos of the kids during the day and to not only sharing the videos on a daily basis but to also store them for the development of a year end portfolio so that you can see the child’s progress throughout the year. Cypress will be implementing the Kids Report app during the winter of 2020-2021.
The Pre-K classrooms have their own playgrounds that include play structures, swings and a basketball hoop. There is also a large open field for football and soccer. Additionally, our Tomball Pre-K classrooms use the gym on rainy and hot days to take advantage of additional play and learning experiences including riding toys, parachute play, soccer and basketball.
Each year, the Pre-K classrooms at our Cypress location participate fully in the planting of the vegetable garden and their teachers take them through the garden on a regular basis to look at the growth and participate in the harvesting of vegetables.
Our Pre-Kindergarten children will also take several field trips during the school year to learn more about our community to places such as the grocery stores, restaurants, libraries, nursing homes and public parks.
At the end of each school year, the Pre-K students get to participate in a Pre-K graduation ceremony that includes songs, dances and diploma presentations. This is often a highlight as parents, and grandparents alike, get to watch and participate.