The ELC staff creates classroom learning environments appropriate to the developmental needs of each individual classroom. Students have the opportunity to use a variety of materials and participate in activities designed to stimulate cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Classes are planned on a flexible thematic basis, and include hands-on activities and projects integrating traditional disciplines such as math, science, social studies, music, art, and language arts. Emphasis is placed on the process and the actual experience of an activity, rather than the final product.
To accomplish this level of academic excellence, the ELC utilizes an integrated, well-planned curriculum based on three sources:
1. WEE Learn (2s, 3s & 4s): The 2, 3 and 4 year-old classes use the WEE Learn Curriculum by Life Way Press. A weekday early education (WEE) program designed to provide opportunities for children to learn about God's world and how to live in it. (Life Way Press)
The two year-old curriculum is developed around themes that provide opportunities for two-year-old children to learn about God, Jesus, Bible, church, self, family, others, and community and world. Activities which embrace physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development are included under each theme topic. Each unit teaches through learning centers and group times. (Life Way Press)
The three year-old curriculum is designed to help each child develop language, reading, writing, and math skills appropriate to his or her stage of development through the use of themes that provide opportunities for children to learn about Gods world and how to live in it. Activities which embrace physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development are included under each theme topic. (Life Way Press)
The four year-old curriculum incorporates activities in pre-reading, pre-writing, phonics and numbers using bi-weekly themes.
2. Frog Street Press: The pre-K classes use the Sing and Read Curriculum by Frog Street Press. This curriculum utilizes captivating songs and familiar tunes to feature predictable text, rhyming words, vocabulary and comprehension skills. The instructional strategies incorporate a balanced literacy approach to learning. This includes Read-Aloud and Shared Reading, Shared and Independent Writing, Phonemic Awareness, and Learning Centers for independent practice. The curriculum also integrates Mathematical concepts and vocabulary, rhyming words, and comprehension questions with each lesson. The Frog Street Curriculum focuses instruction on the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, nursery rhymes, and other pre-k themes. (Frog Street Press)
For more information regarding Frog Street Press Curriculum, visit their website at http://www.fsp3.com.
3. Texas TEKS (kindergarten): The kinder class follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students at the kindergarten level should know and be able to do.
To view the TEKS for Kindergarten, click on the following link: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/teks/grade/Kindergarten.pdf