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 student teaching assistants.
I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and have worked in the public school system for six years, teaching kindergarten and middle school English. I have three children: Maddie, Mason and Sloane. We enjoy going to church on Sundays and spending time at the lake on the weekends.
Hello, ECHL family! I've worked in early childcare for since 2018 and am working to further my education here at SFA. My favorite things to do in my spare time are reading, creating art and traveling.
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.
|7:10 to 8:10 a.m.
|Arrival and sign in, limited learning centers
|8:10 to 8:15 a.m.
|8:15 to 8:30 a.m.
|8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
|Snack, outdoor learning centers and play
|9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
|Wash hands, transition, prepare for morning meeting
|9:45 to 10:05 a.m.
|Morning meeting, preview new centers
|10:05 to 11 a.m.
|11 to 11:15 a.m.
|Reading workshop, project work
|11:30 to 11:40 a.m.
|11:45 to Noon
|Naptime story, lights out
|Noon to 1:30 p.m.
|Naptime, quiet time
|1:30 to 2 p.m.
|Quiet wake up, reading
|2 to 2:20 p.m.
|2:30 to 3 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays: Math Boxes
|3 to 3:15 p.m.
|3:15 to 4 p.m.
|Outside learning centers and play
|4 to 4:15 p.m.
|4:15 to 5 p.m.
|5 to 5:20 p.m.
|Music, limited centers, 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.
Bring three to four photos of family members for your child's scrapbook collage page.