- Classrooms are separated according to age and/or development level
- Classrooms are maintained at or below state ratios and are typically separated as:
- Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 year olds)
- Kindergarten Readiness (4-5 year olds)
Babies are dependent upon the people around them to help them learn and to meet all their emotional and developmental needs.
At Happy Trails Learning Center, our caring, experienced teachers welcome you and your baby into a nurturing, safe, clean environment, and by daily interaction, create a trusting relationship with parents and infants.
Our teachers’ interactions with infants are warm and natural, with an understanding that all interactions are opportunities to connect and stimulate your child’s development. Holding, soothing, establishing eye contact, playing, singing, talking and responding vocally all help create an engaging and nurturing experience for your baby.
Babies grow and change quickly, so consistent communication with parents is crucial. Teachers prepare daily detailed reports with your child’s eating, sleeping, diapering and developmental activities. And effective communication works both ways – we encourage you to visit with your child’s teachers daily about your child’s physical, emotional and developmental needs.
18 months – 3 years
Toddlers are transitioning from the dependence of infancy to the more mobile world of toddlers. Young children mature and develop social, emotional and physical skills at different rates. They are discovering how the world works, learning independence and how to express their individuality.
At Happy Trails Learning Center, our teachers introduce routines and offer positive guidance to help give our toddlers the confidence to practice new skills and embrace new experiences. Weekly, theme-based curriculum meet the individualized needs of every child through a variety of activities. Curriculum includes cooking activities (yes, they can cook!), play, story time, music as well as interactive activities. Our balanced approach matches your child’s rapidly changing interests and abilities, and offers many opportunities for early reading, math, science, construction and imaginative learning experiences.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Readiness
Four- and five-year-olds are all about independence, and are beginning to consider what others are thinking and feeling, too. They need a strong foundation of natural curiosity, cooperation, confidence, communication skills, and an opportunity for learning experiences as they get ready to go to kindergarten.
At Happy Trails Learning Center, we know that early literacy competency is a strong indicator of not only literacy, but also overall success once a student reaches school age. Our Kindergarten Readiness is based on the Texas Education Agency’s recommendation for early childhood intervention. We also work very closely with local elementary schools to insure your children are ready for their kindergarten adventure! This curriculum has been designed to enhance the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of each child. Our theme-based curriculum includes activities such as:
- letter recognition and letter sounds;
- social studies;
- verbal communication skills;
- creative arts;
- physical development;
- social emotional skills;
- writing; and
- other educational experiences within classroom learning centers.
More structured planning and regular routines help establish the stability and consistency students need to feel sure of themselves, and help move them toward the scheduled environment of school. This curriculum experience will help move the child from being dependent to self-direction. Classroom learning centers are altered weekly to correlate to the learning plan, and sustain students’ interest and involvement.
Kindergarten Readiness students are assessed three times during the calendar school year. This will help guide teachers and parents alike to tailor each child’s learning experience and help insure they are meeting or exceeding the standards set by the Texas Education Agency for kindergarten readiness.