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Serving 20 children between the ages of four and five years, the curriculum of expanded "learning centers" is geared to meet the cognitive, physical and social-emotional needs of this age group.

Children continue to build the foundations necessary 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. Hayley Tutt

Hayley Tutt

In December 2019, I graduated from SFA with a Bachelor of Science in child and family development. My husband, Spencer, and I have two children, Chloe, 8, and Mason, 5. I've taught English as a second language for the past two years and began working with the Early Childhood Laboratory in August 2020.

I love being a part of the beginning of a child's school experience and encouraging a love of learning. Welcome to Pre-K II! I look forward to learning and growing with your sweet little ones this year!

Meet your assistant teacher, Ms. Leslie Ornelas

Leslie Ornelas
My name is Leslie Ornelas, and I'm from Palestine. I am a student at SFA and plan to graduate in May 2022 with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. I am glad to be an assistant teacher and look forward to working with your children!

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.

In the Pre-K II classroom, we use a project approach to learning:

  • Topic investigation
  • Field work: Observation, exploration and predictions of new understandings
  • Culminating and debriefing events: Display of findings and presentations

Children utilize math boxes and writing boxes to further develop their emerging skills. Learning centers allow children to work cooperatively in small and large group activities. "Rug-time" group experiences include a morning meeting, stories and music.

Daily schedule

Time Activity
7:10 to 8:15 a.m. Arrival, learning centers, outside play
8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Morning snack, preview/review, music
8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Snack, learning centers
9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Preview, story
9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Outside learning centers
10:10 to 10:25 a.m. Morning Meeting
10:25 to 11 a.m. Outside, lunch preparation
11:15 to 11:35 a.m. Lunch
11:35 to 11:45 a.m. Naptime story, lights out
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Naptime, quiet time 
1:30 to 2 p.m. Quiet wake up, outside learning centers
2 to 2:45 p.m. Snack, outside learning centers, story, music
2:45 to 3:05 p.m.

Mondays and Wednesdays: Math Boxes
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Writing Boxes
Fridays: Music

3:05 to 3:30 p.m. Learning centers
3:30 to 4 p.m. Outside learning centers
4 to 4:10 p.m. Review calendar
4 to 5 p.m. Learning centers, clean up
5 to 5:20 p.m. Motor room, 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. Once a month, your Pre-K II child will have their own "share day" that allows them to bring an item from home and share it with their classmates. The teachers will communicate the calendar and all appropriate guidelines.

New families:

Bring three to four photos of family members for your child's scrapbook collage page.


Photo gallery of classroom and playground

Pre-K playground

The pre-k I and II classes share a large playground with ample shade and many opportunities for dramatic play. During outside play, children enjoy riding tricycles along a bicycle path, creating masterpieces in the sandbox, swinging to the moon, scaling the large climber and enjoying snacks or lunches using the numerous picnic tables.



Early Childhood Laboratory
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center
2428 Raguet St.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6105, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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