Keeble’s curriculum is in alignment with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, The Head Start Performance 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.
The Pre-Language 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)
Keeble’s 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.