At The Kessler School, our curriculum has been carefully selected to ensure that every student meets or exceeds the educational standards for their grade level. The standards we use for language arts and math are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). For science and social studies, we use the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) standards.
In Pre-KI and Pre-KII, we nurture our youngest TKS learners to foster independence and lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our days are filled with learning through journaling, circle time, centers, play, and small group and individual teaching. Students in Pre-KI and Pre-KII have daily Spanish instruction, art in their classroom, outdoor play time, and music and library once a week. Additionally, our Pre-KII students have PE daily. Both Pre-KI and Pre-KII follow the same thematic units for social studies and science studies.
In our Pre-KI classroom, for three year olds turning four during the school year, when students are developmentally ready, teachers use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for language arts and the Bridges curriculum for math. Handwriting Without Tears is a hands-on curriculum that builds on what students already know and then layers on learning through multi-sensory teaching. In math, our Pre-Kindergarten team has modified the Bridges curriculum to meet the math needs of young learners in a fun and engaging way.
In our Pre-KII classroom, for four year olds turning five during the school year, teachers follow the Starfall curriculum for language arts. The program sets the stage for reading with lessons in phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. In writing, teachers are also following the work of renowned author's, Matt Glover and Katie Wood Ray, by nurturing the Pre-K children's growing understandings about texts, process and what it means to be a writer. (Click to find an informative list of the Principles and Concepts of Early Writing.) In math, our Pre-KII students are introduced to the 4th Edition of Everyday Mathematics curriculum which TKS follows through the 6th grade.
Elementary (Kindergarten through 6th Grade)
We are fortunate to use the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) of Columbia University as our language arts curriculum. Through Readers and Writers Workshop, our Kessler School students become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. This curriculum allows us to provide classroom libraries to our students that fit each student’s individual reading level. (Click to view and informative guide to reading levels.) Dedicated sustained time for students to independently read and write is a priority in the workshop model.
Our students in K-6 learn spelling through the Scientific Spelling program through Neuhaus Education Center. The curriculum was developed to teach students how to spell. By learning the rules of frequently used spelling patterns, students learn to spell without memorization.
The Everyday Mathematics 4th Edition is the math curriculum followed in K-6. The curriculum focuses on using math in every day applications. Through repeated exposure to math concepts, frequent practice of basic computation, and multiple problem-solving strategies, students become life-long learners of math.
Harcourt Social Studies is a comprehensive curriculum designed to engage and motivate every student. Through the stories of the intriguing people, exciting places, and fascinating events that make social studies relevant to their lives, students gain a global perspective. They also learn the social studies themes and skills they need to become informed, participating citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities.
Scott Foresmann Science is our science curriculum. It is designed so that teachers and students can spend more hands-on time “doing” science while meeting the standards set forth by TEKS. In addition, we are proud to have contracted with the Mad Science Group Inc. offering weekly interactive STEM Lab instruction reinforcing the skills students learn in the classroom.
The Kessler School has partnered with local art school Oil and Cotton who offers our students fresh and thoughtful curriculum that fosters the appreciation of art history, material science, and process. Oil and Cotton provides quality art education that students eagerly look forward to attending twice a week.
Daily Spanish instruction is offered to all Kessler School students. The curriculum often supports the units of study and theses within the classroom. Additionally, our Spanish program uses the successful McGraw Hill: Viva el Espanol curriculum for elementary schools.
The Kodály method, also referred to as the Kodály concept, is an approach to music education developed in Hungary during the mid-twentieth century. His philosophy of education served as inspiration for the method, which was then developed over a number of years by his associates. The Kodály method uses a child-developmental approach to sequence, introducing skills according to the capabilities of the child (Choksy 1999:10). In addition to classroom instruction, students have an option to learn violin in an after-school enrichment program.
Daily Physical education is taught using an adaptive spiraling curriculum, meaning the students are introduced to new skills that they will continue to see throughout the school year. The curriculum “spirals” because with each encounter the skills learned increase in complexity and reinforce previous learning. At TKS our students enjoy PE through play, games, and fun, which lay the foundation for health and fitness that will follow our students throughout their lives. The National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE) and The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) serve as resources for our PE program.
In addition to our academic offerings, we also offer a full program of clubs and activities, and encourage our students to participate in multiple enrichment programs.