Serving 20 children between the ages of three and four years, the curriculum of "learning centers" is geared to meet the cognitive, physical and social-emotional needs of this age group.
Children are building the foundations needed to learn to read and write as well as developing math and reasoning skills.
Each of our classrooms has a dedicated lead teacher and assistant teacher. Children also are cared for by our teaching assistants.
Meet your lead teacher, Ms. Tammy Wall
My name is Tammy Wall, and I worked as a teacher's assistant at the Early Childhood Laboratory from 1996 to 1998. I returned in 2001 as a teacher. I have taught in both pre-K rooms, the toddler II room and the infants room.
I graduated from SFA with a bachelor's degree in elementary education specializing in early childhood in December 1998. After graduation, I taught for three years at Rusk Primary School as a kindergarten, prekindergarten and Head Start teacher.
I have two daughters. Destiny, who graduated from SFA in 2016 with a degree in social work and works for Child Protective Services in Houston. My youngest daughter, Kamry, was in the first infant class in this new building in 2009. She is now attending Central Heights ISD. I love working with children and have fun learning. If you want to find me, look for a crowd of children singing and dancing!
Meet your assistant teacher, Ms. Chelsea McCombs
My name is Chelsea McCombs, and I am very excited to be the Pre-K I assistant teacher. Growing up, my dad owned a chain of early learning centers in the Fort Worth area, so I have always been involved with education. This led me to realize working with children is what I wanted to do. I attended college online at the Childcare Education Institute to earn Child Development Associate and Texas Director credentials. I am continuing to take classes to keep current with my degrees.
My favorite thing to do is hanging out with my family, friends and our animals. We love going to the lake, being outdoors and attending all kinds of sporting events. Basically, we don't like to sit at home.
I look forward to meeting all of you and your children as we experience their first year of Pre-K!
Activities and development
Early Childhood Laboratory classrooms follow the Constructivist Theory approach. Our teachers develop outdoor lesson plans to correlate with weekly lesson plans that reinforce indoor learning and structure playtime to optimize learning. Using curriculum and assessments for guidance, design of the learning centers is based on the learning needs of each individual child.
Learning centers offer individual play and group activities such as stories and music. Emerging skills at this age include conflict resolution.
In the Pre-K I classroom, children are building foundations to learn to read and write, and are developing math and reasoning skills.
|7:10 to 8:30 a.m.||Arrival, wash hands, quiet learning centers|
|8:20 to 8:45 a.m.||Wash hands, snack, limited learning centers|
|8:45 to 9:30 a.m.||Clean up, restroom, morning meeting, music|
|9:30 to 10:30 a.m.||Outside play or motor room|
|10:30 to 10:45 a.m.||Group story time|
|10:45 to 11:30 a.m.||Learning centers|
|11:30 to 11:35 a.m.||Wash hands, prepare for nap time|
|11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:05 to 12:15 p.m.||Clean up, restroom|
|12:15 to 2:15 p.m.||Naptime|
|2:15 to 2:25 p.m.||Quiet wake up, clean up nap items, restroom|
|2:25 to 2:35 p.m.||Snack|
|2:35 to 3:35 p.m.||Learning centers|
|3:35 to 3:50 p.m.||Review calendar, story, music|
|3:50 to 4 p.m.||Restroom, line up for outside play or motor room|
|4 to 5 p.m.||Outside play or motor room|
|5 to 5:20 p.m.||Departure|
Stocking their cubby
Here's a quick checklist of items to keep in your child's classroom cubby:
- Lovey (small comfort item)
- Two to three sets of season-appropriate clothing
We provide naptime items (cot, pillow and blanket), toothbrush and water bottle.
Toys must stay at home.
Bring three to four photos of family members for your child's scrapbook collage page.