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Why Pre-K 4 SA

A Day at Pre-K 4 SA

Children are engaged in active learning From the minute they enter the door until they leave at the end of the day. Each step is strategically designed to build a strong academic foundation and critical thinking skills such as planning, problem-solving, and leadership.

outside of a Pre-K 4 Sa center as the sun rises in the sky

Areas of Focus

Arrival and Meal Time

The day begins with a nutritious breakfast served family-style. During meals, the children learn table manners, how to eat healthfully and engage in conversations that help them develop their language and vocabulary.

Student eating morning meal

Day Preview

After breakfast, children gather to preview the day ahead and build a sense of community through Morning Message. Visual cue cards show what activities are planned for the day. Referring to the cards throughout the day helps children anticipate and prepare for changes, making for smoother transitions.

Hanging images showing activities of the day


Large Group Activity

Children have an opportunity to build a sense of community by engaging in a child-led activity. Whether the leader chooses to dance, sing a favorite song, or play a game, the whole class joins in the fun.

Classroom large group activity

Individual Plan & Work Time

Play is a child’s work. Children at Pre-K 4 SA get extended work time each day. But before getting to work, each child makes a strategic plan of action. Teachers advance children’s learning by observing the children’s interactions, listening intently while children talk, and asking questions that build on children’s thinking.

Little boy playing with tools


Review Time

At the end of individual time, the children gather to review their work. The teacher gives each child an opportunity to recall what happened during work time, reflect on how the plan was executed, and discuss what was learned. This plan-do-review sequence helps children develop executive function, an important brain process.

Classroom children sitting together around carpet


Small Group Time

Children are placed into two groups. Each teacher works with one of the groups to provide a lesson that draws from the children’s interests and is aligned with the Texas Pre-K Guidelines. The teachers plan small group lessons based on the children’s progress and learning from the day before. Teachers individualize lessons for each child by skillfully differentiating the materials.

Teacher and student working closely on one activity together


Outdoor Learning

Children spend a minimum of 60 minutes outside each day in one of our outdoor learning environments.

Children playing in outdoor learning spaces


Lunch & Rest Time

After a busy morning of work, it’s time for family style lunch with more social engagement and then a short rest time to help children recharge for the afternoon.

Children napping at rest time


Large Group Activity

After rest, a child leads the class in an activity to get their muscles moving.

Children in a large room activity


Individual Plan & Work Time

Children once again have the opportunity to learn new skills and build executive function through inquiry-based planning and play.

Student playing with toy


Story Time

The teacher focuses on literacy skills while reading a book or telling a story. Afterward, children have the opportunity to express themselves through music and movement.

Teacher holding up a book


Extended Day Program

For children who stay for the extended day program while their parents are at work or at school, there is more active learning in the classroom, time in the outdoor learning environment, and quality interactions that build language, academic, and social skills.

Two children in garden