WHY KINDERGARTEN AT
PROFESSIONAL AND TEXAS CERTIFIED TEACHER
Mrs. Tonya O’Toole has been with Creative Corners since 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Houston/Clear Lake and certifications in Early Childhood—4th grade and English as a Second Language from the state of Texas. She previously taught 1st grade in the public school setting so is very familiar with the curriculum needed to prepare children for that grade level. Mrs. O’Toole teaches the curriculum based on the Texas Education Knowledge & Skills to prepare her students for success as they transition to 1st grade whether in the public or private sector.
2. SMALL CLASS SIZE ON A SMALL CAMPUS
Creative Corners Kindergarten class has a maximum 1:12 teacher to student ratio, half of the class size of public-school systems. Research shows smaller class size results in better individual attention given to the student, and increased participation in classes with less disciplinary issues. In a small class the teacher is able to focus on more instruction in less time during the school day. We also see better communication with parents of children in a smaller setting. Children on a small campus are known by every adult and don’t get lost in the shuffle of a large campus.
3. CHAPEL/BIBLE LESSONS WEEKLY
A weekly chapel with bible stories and music taught by LCUMC’s children’s director, are incorporated into lessons each week. Christian education is a plus for building a strong Christian foundation in young minds.
4. FEELING OF COMMUNITY
Children who have attended Creative Corners for several years have a feeling of being home and belonging to a community. They will go to school with children who are familiar faces and helps them to feel safe and secure while at school.
5. REPUTATION & PARENT FEEDBACK
Creative Corners has an excellent reputation in preparing children for their transition to first grade. When students graduate and move on, they leave with an early love of learning. These children are ready to begin their elementary career with a solid base of reading, writing and math.
As one Kindergarten parent said that his child has been so successful at Creative Corners, “if you had all the elementary grade levels we would not be going anywhere.”
Our Kindergarten Academics
Our Teacher incorporates a balance of teacher-directed and center-based classroom. Centers are broken up into sections, such as a home, science area, computer station, reading nook, play-doh, blocks and games. Children begin their day with a morning prayer and gather for opening circle where they explore daily lessons. Our Teacher encourages the kids to play, facilitating social skills along the way.
Our Kindergarten Academics
Our Teacher incorporates a balance of teacher-directed and center-based classroom. Centers are broken up into sections, such as home, science area, computer station, reading nook, play-doh, blocks and games. Children begin their day with a morning prayer and gather for opening circle where they explore daily lessons. Our Teacher encourages the kids to play, facilitating social skills along they way.
Balanced literacy is taught through exploring phonics, guided reading (A-D), 100 Sight Words, Interactive read alouds, and shared reading.
Science is taught through experiments and observing objects. Units of study include: Rocks/Minerals, Magnets, Sink/Float, Planets, etc.
Teacher follows the Units of Study for Primary Writing by Lucy Calkins. Teacher also provides activities which will support the development of fine motor skills and ensures appropriate pencil grasps and proper Letter Formation (top to bottom).
Once a week the children attend Chapel to learn age appropiate lessons from the bible. In Chapel, the children pray, sing, and dance in Christ's love.
Children are taught addition and subtraction to 10 and beyond. Other math skills include: calendar math, independently counting to 100, measurements, personal financial literacy, etc.
Music is an important part of a child's development, once a week the children attend music class. Music enhances listening, creativity, and movement skills.