Registration for 2018
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“The experience my daughter has had a Little Harts this past year has truly been a blessing. Prior to attending Little Harts, my daughter was extremely shy and refused to learn her letters and numbers. Through the dedication and compassion of the Little Harts teachers, she now knows all of her letters and numbers and even got 100% of them right on her pre-kindergarten testing last week. She has also turned into a social butterfly, which I never thought would happen. Our experience at Little Harts has been outstanding and I have already recommended two of my friends and registered my daughter for some summer camps.” – Heather
“This is the very best pre-school in this area. (Trust me, I have tried 5 all together!) My daughter comes home excited and happy. She can’t wait to go the next day – which is such a relief, and it sure makes those mornings getting ready for school so much easier. She honestly feels she is loved and valued there.” -Pam
“Little Harts Preschool has a precious atmosphere where I, as a Mother of three adore the relaxed, self motivating environment with an amazing range of enriching and authentic experiences that the children gain. My child has achieved goals, met sweet friends and is learning many new things each day. I get such a warm feeling when my child is greeted at the car door with a big smile and he is running for the school doors, knowing he will be more than well cared for. I feel very positive about the social and academic steps my child has made, along with important lessons taught for his head and heart!” -Aimee
Curriculum & Themes
These themes are examples and are subject to change. We change the themes every other year so that children attending 2 years have a different curriculum each year. We incorporate hands-on centers that utilize games and activities that focus on the goals and objectives to prepare them for the next grade.
Nursery Rhymes & Shapes
- Getting acquainted, classroom routine
- Circles/clocks, Hickory Dickory Dock
- Square/Alphabet, ABC Tumble Down D
- Triangle/Pie, Simple Simon
- Rectangle/Counting, 1-2-3-4 Mary at the Cottage Door
- Star/Real stars, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Oval/Eggs, Humpty Dumpty
- Hearts/Friendship, The Queen of Hearts
Events: Back to School
- Halloween Party
Events: Fall Costume Party
- Migration (Ducks)
- Thanksgiving Party
- Colored Leaves
- Storing Food (Squirrels)
Events: Thanksgiving Feast
- Musical Instruments/Nut Cracker
- Germany/Christmas tree
- Mexico/Chocolate & Poinsettias
- Helping Others
Events: Christmas Party & Santa
Health & Nutrition
- Inside you and me
- Milk group
- Bread group
- Meat group
- Vegetable Group
Places to Love to Go
- Valentine’s Day
Events: Valentine’s Day Party
Wonders of Nature
Events: Leprechaun Treasure Hunt
People we Know
- Abe Lincoln
- George Washington
Events: Egg Hunt
In addition to the above, the Kindergarten Curriculum also includes:
- Reading and Writing: “Explode the Code”
“Explode the Code” is a systematic direct teaching phonics-based program that gives each student the phonic elements and pattern necessary to aide in successful reading and writing.
- Mathematics: “Early bird: Kindergarten Mathematics” by Singapore Math
Singapore Math is an activity-based curriculum to help students build a solid foundation in Math. Hands on tasks encourage students to actively participate in each lesson.
Kindergarten at Little Harts
Many parents in Texas are waiting to send their children to public Kindergarten because they want to give them the gift of being older and physically larger in their class. This is helpful where both sports and academics are concerned. They also prefer their child to be older and more mature before they leave home for college. For parents considering where to send their child for kindergarten, a few notes for you about what Little Harts offers:
Small class size
Our class size is 10-11 versus 20+ in the public school. Your child gets individual attention and care.
A ‘Just Right’ Schedule
Class is from 9:00 to 2:00. The shorter day capitalizes on the strengths of 5-6 year olds’ attention span without overtiring them. You have more time with your child, but before and after care are available if you need it.
At or above TEKS, but not about TEKS
Curriculum is designed to meet or exceed all TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) standards, however, the requirements are kept in the background. All the student experiences is a creative educational environment geared to foster a love of learning.
Curriculum designed for the way a child learns
Math is learned experientially instead of through just explanation and repetition. We use the Singapore Math approach which progresses from concrete, to pictorial, to abstract. For example, to learn that each number is one greater or less than the last on a number line, we first have a guided activity climbing the playground equipment where the stairs have been numbered. The class calls out “add one more” and the student climbs and responds with the appropriate number. This approach is great for kinesthetic learners –students who learn best through activity or movement instead of visually or auditorially.
Reading is taught through an approach called Explode the Code. Explode the Code is a systematic, direct teaching of phonics and decoding skills to help children learn the elements of reading and enhance comprehension. We start with the basic building blocks of letters and their sounds and then progress to words and sentences as your child’s ability to read increases.
A well rounded child
We participate in the programs you and your child love now at Little Harts preschool: songs, plays, gymnastics, monthly horse or pony rides, Science Man, and Gardening Guy, Story Cook, and holiday celebrations. For the kindergarteners, we also added an Art Masters component where the students study and recreate their own versions of Picasso, Warhol, O’Keeffe, and Monet classics. We explore a variety of artists’ tools: charcoal, pastels, points, proper weight paper, and acrylic paint so that art becomes more accessible and more real to students. We learn basic words in Spanish and the Sign Language Alphabet.
Not quite five?
We are more flexible with the age requirement for enrollment, especially important for children with fall birthdays. This gives your child a chance to be challenged academically as they further develop socially and emotionally. You can then decide whether to progress to 1st grade or use this year as transitional kindergarten, a precursor to public school kindergarten.