When the first early childhood class was held in 1837, it was a place for telling stories, singing, coloring pictures, making friends, and learning to share.
In 2016, early childhood education is drastically different.
Northside ISD’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms are engaging and exciting spaces for our youngest students.
Early childhood education is about using educational toys and games to learn concepts and skills in math, science, and social studies. These materials, as well as age-appropriate instructional strategies, are incorporated throughout the day to foster social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. In Northside, all Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers are fully-certified by the Texas Education Agency in early childhood education, with many of them certified in Bilingual education also.
In Texas, Pre-Kindergarten is not a required grade; however, NISD offers classes for children who are four years old (on or by September 1) and meet certain criteria. Students learn oral language and vocabulary skills, identify the letters of the alphabet, and develop phonemic awareness skills. They also learn to interact with others and monitor their own behavior. Expressing themselves through words, art, and music is also part of the curriculum. Children also develop observation and thinking skills through math, science, and social studies.
Children who are five years old on or before September 1 may enroll in Kindergarten in their neighborhood elementary school. The full-day Kindergarten curriculum includes math, science, reading/language arts, and science/social studies. The week includes time for music, art, computer lab, and physical education. Students in Kindergarten are engaged in meaningful, organized activities to increase oral language, listening comprehension, phonemics awareness, number concepts, and basic science concepts, and they acquire an awareness of their culture and environment.
Students enrolled in a Northside Pre-K or Kinder classroom develop a familiarity with the building where they may be spending their elementary school years. By starting their early years at their neighborhood school, they become very comfortable in their surroundings, will know the school routines, learn with their neighbors and friends, and know most of the teachers.
Learning math in fun ways. On the 100th day of school, NISD students celebrated the number 100 in hundreds of ways. Pictured are Kindergarten students at McDermott Elementary School sporting their 100th day handmade shirts and hats. They are (front) Kyleigh Wilson; and (from left to right, back row) Aarna Garg, Joaquin Villarreal, Joel Hernandez, Kindergarten Bilingual teacher Susana Hernandez, Meredith Munoz, Cesar Marin, Jordan Bailey, and Joshua Jackson.
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