(Vanguard and neighborhood):
Kindergarten program at Travis focuses on a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Hands-on
experiences are key to the program. Multi-level instruction and exploration
activities are incorporated to develop the whole child. Further, Spanish, Creative
Movement and Fine Arts classes help to develop the child's multi-intelligent capacity.
In addition our program is enhanced by technological experiences.
GOALS AND PHILOSOPHY:
To develop the whole child to be a life long
learner. We value the unique qualities of each individual child.
Field studies have become an important part of the educational
curriculum at Travis. During the
1998-1999 school, the Kinders visited many educational destinations, including the Houston
Zoo, Houston Livestock Show, Children's Museum, Old MacDonald's Farm, Museum of Natural
Science, Herman Hospital Life Flight Center, Bellaire Nature Center and Challenger Park.
Neighborhood walks included ("the five senses" and "2 and 3D shape
walk"). Theater experiences this year included Charlotte's Web at St. Thomas
University and The Magic Flute and Miller Outdoor Theater.
Each year the Kindergarten class
takes a family field study to the Brazos State Park in November. Many of the
families camp out in the campground for the weekend. Others come and join the fun for the
Saturday activities. Teachers and parents organize a large group meal where everyone can
share and discuss the activities of the day. Many different nature centers and activities
are planned as well as a visit to the observatory and a special space trip in the
Challenger Learning Center.
OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTERS
Two Friday afternoons each month the kindergarten teachers
organize fun, hands-on learning centers outdoors under the walkways around the primary
play apparatus in our SPARKS park. Parents help man the learning centers which
involve activities such as water and sand play, painting, clay "goop",
music/dance, flying airplanes, mystery hunts, tin can walking, etc. All modes of learning
are used such as tactile, kinesthetic, visual, olfactory, and aural. The children are
involved in individual and group activities that make learning fun. The children are all
able to learn in the style that best enhances their understanding. Kindergarten children
and parents from all the programs get the opportunity to get to know each other and
OTHER SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND UNIQUE FEATURES:
Kindergarten Round Up, Kinder Get Acquainted Day, Thanksgiving
Feast, Winter Holiday Performance, 100th Day, Singing Awards Luncheon.
WHAT SKILLS SHOULD PARENTS WORK ON OVER THE
SUMMER TO PERPARE THEM FOR THIS CURICULUM?
Read to child daily. Familiarize your child with Nursery
Rhymes. Learn to tie shoes and fasten own clothes. Count. Know colors
and shapes. Cutting with scissors. Recognize own name and writing first name.
SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES AND READING LISTS:
Nursery Rhymes, Dr. Seuss. Visit your public library's
children section frequently. Get your child a Power Card!
Memory/strategy games such as tic tac toe, concentration, puzzles.
HOW CAN PARENTS WORK WITH THEIR CHILDREN
DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR TO REINFORCE THE TEACHING?
Check folder daily. Read to them daily. Review
personal data -- example, whole hame, address, phone #, birthdate. Make sure your
child has all needed supplies and returns permission slips and money no later than the day
before the trip.