Welcome to Early Childhood!
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10:00-10:30 (3 year olds) 10:30-11:00 (4 year olds)
Travis Heights Elementary is excited to announce that we have expanded our Early Childhood programs to include 3-year-olds as well as 4-year-olds! The 3-year-old program will be a half day and it will include both dual language and traditional class options. These classes are free to qualified families and there are also a limited number of tuition-based places available.
Developing Skills Outside of School
Adapted from https://www.greatschools.org/
One of the very best ways parents can prepare their children for kindergarten is by reading to them again and again. Reading to them helps them develop the language skills needed for reading. It is also important to help with learning social skills by providing opportunities for children to interact in small and large groups.
Here are some additional tips:
- Set up playtimes on the school playground, especially with some of the other children entering the kindergarten program. This will establish an automatic support system.
- Take a tour of the new school. Often a principal or assistant principal will guide the tour, and this helps to familiarize your child with the various places in the school such as the library, classroom, and nurse’s office.
- Create a routine at home to help your child get oriented to following directions and helping with transitioning to the school routine.
- Give your child developmentally appropriate chores at home, and hold him accountable for doing them. These types of activities will automatically transfer over into the classroom and help your child to feel successful and comfortable.
Preparing for Kindergarten
The following is a guideline that includes a range of social, academic and developmental factors to consider when deciding if your child is ready to enter school and how to prepare your child for Kindergarten.
- Enthusiasm toward learning. Is he eager to explore and discover? Is he comfortable asking questions? Does he persist even when a task is difficult?
- Language skills. Does she communicate her needs? Express her feelings appropriately?
- Ability to listen. Can he follow simple instructions? Is he able to listen to an entire story without interrupting?
- Desire to be independent. Does she separate from parents for the school day? Is she starting to take responsibility for her personal belongings? Can she follow simple two-step tasks? Can she use the bathroom by herself?
- Ability to interact with children and adults. Is he able to share, compromise, take turns and problem-solve?
- Strong fine-motor skills. Is she able to hold and use a pencil? Cut with scissors? Is she learning to write her name?
- Basic letter and number awareness. Can he sing and recite the alphabet and recognize some letters? Can he count to 10 and identify numbers one to five?
You can read about the AISD curriculum for early childhood here: Early Childhood Curriculum