Texas Christian School provides pre-school children a Biblically-rich environment which gives them the opportunity to grow academically and spiritually with structure and security through a loving relationship with their teacher.
Why TCS for Pre-school?
- Classes taught from a Biblical Worldview
- Educational excellence since 1990
- Low student/ teacher ratio
- Comprehensive program features individualized math and phonics-based reading
- TCS offers Infants through 12th grade so there is no need to change schools
- Caring, committed Christian faculty
- Weekly chapel services
- Music, art, drama, Spanish, library, computer lab, physical education, after-school enrichment services, before and after school care, and in-house field trips
- Weekly folders and news provide communication among parents, teachers, and school
Our Bible classes teach children about God through the lives of Bible characters. Activities and drama are used to help children comprehend and apply Biblical truths. Students memorize scripture each week and learn to apply Godly character traits. Students enjoy weekly chapel time to experience praise and worship.
Curriculum:· ABeka / Bob Jones
Reading, Writing, and Phonics
A primary goal of Pre-school is to allow children to develop a love of reading and writing. TCS teachers practice a phonics approach to reading through the ABeka curriculum because we believe that the rules of phonics will provide children with the basic tools for decoding words. Reading groups are fashioned so that each student can perform at their own pace.
Curriculum: ABeka /Bob Jones readers, leveled books, Accelerated Reader
TCS teachers use manuscript as well as cursive to form handwriting skills. Students learn basic printed letters as well as cursive handwriting, which comes very natural to them at this age, to form words and sentences. Writing workshops are held daily.
Children use a variety of learning manipulatives, such as pattern blocks, shape counters, tracers, money, etc. to develop mathematical concepts. Children explore and learn number sense, measurements, fractional concepts, graphing, sequencing/patterning, classification, time telling, money, as well as learn single digit addition concepts, subtraction and even beginning multiplication.
Curriculum: ABeka and Saxon Math
Science and Social Studies
Children study and observe life science by exploring animals, plants, seasons, magnetism, and their senses. In Social Studies, children begin to learn about the world and the community around them.
Curriculum: ABeka / Bob Jones
Children visit the library once a week for a library session and story time. During this time, the Librarian helps students learn basic library skills, teaches them about author, illustrator, and genres, as well as develops an appreciation for quality children’s literature.
Children obtain computer-assisted instruction in the computer lab weekly. The students are taught basic computer skills and knowledge which include: keyboarding, word processing, graphic design, multimedia, and paint.
At TCS we encourage children to develop a love for physical activity through games, movement, balance, and coordination activities. Through shared interaction and team building, children learn the importance of Christian principles in athletic competition. The teacher works with the children two times a week in these areas.
Children attend music class two times a week to explore pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and tone through singing, playing instruments, and creating music. There are various performances throughout the year.
Children attend art class three times a week where they are encouraged to be creative in drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, and designing. We use many different materials to aid in the creative process so students learn to think out side the box.
Children attend Spanish class weekly to introduce them to beginning Spanish. They are taught basic vocabulary, counting, songs, and conversation. This early language learning will aid to their future success.
Children participate in drama weekly with their class. Students act out Bible stories for their peers and other classes, Pre-school plays an important part in our yearly school play, and they perform each year in our Kinder graduation. Drama helps students develop confidence, creativity, allows a child to have a bit of fun, relax, and express themselves.
Recess is one of the most important times in the day of a child. Children need time to decompress, be creative, socialize, take risks and solve problems. Research shows that physical play makes students smarter. At TCS students have recess every single day.
Risk taking is a critical part of growth. Risk taking might mean climbing up the jungle gym for the first time, playing in the mud, singing in the school play, trying something new in writing, reading a chapter book, competing in speech meet or trying out for the football team. At TCS we encourage our students to take risks.