Keeble's curriculum is
in alignment with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, The Head Start
Standards, and the Montessori Program. Keeble’s curriculum
plan is put together in a document called the Educational Plan for
Prekindergarten Students. Every teacher receives a copy of the
Educational Plan at the beginning of the school year. All the lessons
from the first day of the school to the last day of the school are
outlined in the educational plan.
The Practical Life area
contains everyday objects that the children are familiar with and can
manipulate. The purpose of this area is to provide exercises that
develop within the child four primary skills: order, concentration,
coordination, and independence. Practical Life activities also teach
basic tasks that children must master to live comfortably in the adult
world. In alignment with the Practical Life area, we follow The Positive
Behavior Initiative Support (PBIS). It emphasizes on school-wide
systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining,
teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create
positive school environments.
The Sensorial materials are
designed to simplify learning and awareness of the environment by
encouraging mastery through repetition; presenting an attractive
appearance; and acquiring self-correction. By working with the sensorial
materials, children develop organization and patterning skills inherent
in the Math and Language Arts curriculum.
program is intended to prepare the child for success in reading. The
program is composed of five areas: Vocabulary, Visual Discrimination,
Auditory Discrimination, Memory, Logical Thinking These areas are
developed through the use of meaningful print, oral language, and
children’s writing. Language is one of the focuses of the Montessori
curriculum. The sharing of thoughts and ideas is accomplished through
language. All that the child learns within the Montessori classroom
enhances the child’s ability to become proficient in language.
The Mathematics materials in a Montessori classroom provide the children
with the ability to compare, classify, order, count, and match objects
to one-to-one or one-to-many. The Pre-Mathematic activities offered help
the child acquire acute visual discrimination, classification, and
memory skills as well as an increased ability to think logically. These
materials are used to learn to recognize the relationships between
quantity and quality.
In the Montessori curriculum, the Cultural
subjects such as science, geography, government, geology, chemistry,
history, political science, are not broken down into separate subject
matters, but are taught as a totally integrated curriculum. Some of the
first science experiments are designed to give children the basic
knowledge which will make possible the understanding of the development
of the solar system, the earth and its configurations, life on earth,
and the needs of plants and animals.
The DLM/ESL Program (Dual Language Materials)
DLM/ESL program was created by a committee of teachers from Keeble with
the purpose of assuring that English language learning children receive
innovative dual language instructional activities to enter Kindergarten
prepared to succeed. This program includes Vocabulary, Nursery Rhymes,
Songs, Story time, Questioning, and Social Skills.