PreK and Kindergarten
The early childhood years provide a foundation that guides children academically, socially, and emotionally. These experiences can influence the rest of a child’s life. Ascension Episcopal School provides a warm, nurturing, safe environment that challenges children to develop their curiosity and excitement about the process of learning as well as their knowledge about the world and the people around them.
Our Pre-Kindergarten children:
- A variety of literature genres.
- Bilingual Story Folders for retelling and sequencing events.
- Building phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and vocabulary.
- Number and Operations
- Geometry and Spatial Awareness
- Classification and Patterning
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Science Manipulatives
- Students explore properties of materials, positions, and motion of objects
- Experiment with hands-on activities to sort, measure, and classify
- Participate in Health and Safety lessons on hygiene, nutrition, and exercise
- Students begin to study cultures and their environmental world
- Begin geography skills
- Motor Skills Development
- Students participate twice weekly with Bible stories, songs, and prayer
This is the “golden age of childhood.” Brains are at 90% of adult size, and a child’s vocabulary encompasses 1500 to 2000 words or more. They learn best through senses, movement, music, games, and play but are able to transition to a more formal learning method. Kindergarten is the cornerstone year of a child's formal education.
Our kindergarten children receive:
- The Superkids Reading Program is our backbone for teaching reading readiness and writing skills. Oral language development, phonics, handwriting, and decoding and encoding skills are integrated within the program.
- Many supporting materials and manipulatives are used within individual and group activities to expand vocabulary and develop verbal proficiency, learn to read and journal, and write sentences and stories.
- Students learn to print using The Superkids Reading Program combined with Handwriting Without Tears.
- Students are exposed to many activities that strengthen fine motor development.
- Earth-Space Science - Students explore the interconnections between the land, ocean, atmosphere, and life of our planet.
- Life Science - Students learn about living organisms and their organization, life processes, and relationships to each other and their environment.
- Physical Science- Students study energy, magnets, movement, and being healthy among other aspects of Physical Science.
- Students learn the hands-on approach weekly in Science Lab.
- EnVision Math is a core curriculum beginning in Kindergarten and continuing to Fifth grade.
- The program helps students understand math concepts through problem-based instruction , small group interaction, and visual learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling.
- Activities and projects within the classroom and the school community help broaden students' awareness and develop responsibility and good citizenship.
- Texas Studies Weekly magazine is utilized in the classroom on a weekly basis.
- Students attend chapel twice weekly and participate in prayer, singing, and listening to Bible stories.
- The focus for classroom study for kindergarten is the Old Testament of the Bible.
- Physical Education