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Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for Pre-kindergarten, a child must be four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and must be:
|Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines|
Big Ideas in Pre-Kindergarten
First Nine Weeks
Setting up your Systems in Pre-K
During the beginning of the school year, the teacher and students will develop procedures, rules and routines in the Pre-K classroom. The daily routine will include students participating in calendar skills such as patterns, counting, number recognition, passage of time, graphic representations, sorting, using ordinal terms, colors and location words. Throughout the day, students will engage in multiple authentic reading and writing activities that involve listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary development and sentence structure skills. The Pre-K classroom will provide all learners with extra support in dramatically increasing vocabulary knowledge through daily listening and speaking activities. Shared and/or independent writing should be an ongoing, integral part of a student’s daily routine in Pre-K. Center time will be structured to foster the development of fine motor, art, technology, dramatic play, math, science and language arts skills. The daily routines will also include students practicing good habits of personal safety, health, hygiene, nutrition and exercise. Students will engage in physical activity such as music, movement and recess.
Exploring Who We Are
In this unit, the students will identify specific characteristics and similarities among people like themselves, their classmates, their families and other cultures. The students will begin to make friends, understand that others have different perspectives and feelings, and begin to show empathy and caring for others. Throughout the unit, students will begin to develop their counting concepts, pre-reading, pre-writing, listening and speaking skills related to the theme of getting to know you.
Second Nine Weeks
Building and Understanding Our Community
In this unit of study, students will learn how people live and are shaped by their communities. Students will be able to distinguish similarities and differences between themselves, peers and other cultures in the community. Students will understand their responsibilities as members of the community, including jobs, civic duties and caring for their world. Students will investigate and describe sources of energy used within a community including light, heat and electricity.
Observing the Earth
In this unit, the students will observe and describe patterns in weather, seasons and the natural world. Students will explore Earth materials and their properties by recognizing, sorting and copying patterns. By observing, collecting and organizing data in graphic representations, students will investigate how the Earth and the sky change over time.
Third Nine Weeks
Observing Objects and their Properties
During this unit of study, students will be exploring objects in the world around them through investigations. Students will begin to use measurement skills to identify, investigate, sort, compare and contrast objects. Students will be able to explain at least one similarity and/or difference in the groups they sort. During the students’ investigations, they will identify basic shapes, copy/extend patterns and use vocabulary to describe positions of objects. Students will continue to work on counting skills. Students will also continue to work on phonological awareness, letter formation, writing their names and writing conventions. By listening to books being read aloud, students will answer and ask appropriate questions, re-tell and re-enact stories.
Being Responsible for Ourselves
In this unit, students will identify good habits of personal safety, health, hygiene and practice habits of nutrition and exercise. Students will begin to problem solve independently, seek adult help when necessary and sustain attention to personally chosen tasks. They will continue to regulate their own behavior with occasional reminders, including increasing and decreasing intensity of emotions and becoming more aware of their own feelings. Through integrated activities students will use concrete objects to count, recognize numbers and create sets. They will use authentic texts to answer questions and re-tell or re-enact stories and continue increasing their alphabetic knowledge. Students will increase their writing ability by writing everyday in authentic situations.
Fourth Nine Weeks
Investigating Our World: Animals and their Habitats
In this unit of study, students will discover the natural world around them through the investigation of animals and their habitats. Students will identify and write about the characteristics of living things, and find relationships to their environment. Students explore animal behaviors and their environment through interactive drama, listening to books, word problems, role-playing, and their own experiences. Students will discover how the natural world can provide basic needs for living things. Students will recognize and create their own patterns in math by observing patterns in the natural world. They will also begin to use informal strategies to share or divide up to ten items equally and practice modeling or making verbal word problems for subtracting up to five objects from a set. Students will continue to work on letter formation, writing their names and other words to convey meaning. Their communications skills will improve as they begin giving lots of details about their observations and use new vocabulary appropriately while sticking to the topic to express their ideas. They will enjoy multiple reads aloud daily, where they will answer and ask appropriate questions, retell and re-enact stories, and relate their own experiences to facts read in books.
Need more information?
Elementary Curriculum, call 512-570-0219
School Breakfast/Lunch, call 512-570-0670
Transportation, call 512-570-0700
Volunteering, call 512-570-0029
Campus/District Information, call 512-570-0000
If you have concerns about your child’s growth and development, please call Child Find at 512-570-0352.
Activities to help prepare your child for pre-kindergarten in Leander ISD
1. Read to and talk with your child each day.
2. Have your child practice writing his/her name, using a capital letter only for the first letter.
3. Have your child count objects around the house.
4. Help your child identify and name the colors.
5. Have your child look for and name letters and numbers everywhere.
6. Have your child color, cut and glue.
7. Have your child play board, educational computer, and card games.
8. Have your child participate in physical activities outdoors and in imaginative play, like dress up, kitchen, or building with blocks.
9. Help your child develop good toileting skills.
10. Hug your child each day.