At Rocking Horse Academy we pride ourselves in offering a stimulating environment for our children. We do not limit our teaching philosophy to one paradigm but have selected the best practices from a variety of programs. Our classrooms are spacious and equipped to create centers that help students focus on specific skills and benchmarks. We expand our curriculum beyond the ABC’s and 123’s to cover the world of science, math, computers, language development, dramatic and creative arts. These students participate in our Stretch ‘n Grow physical education and nutrition program as part of their curriculum. Our computer lab and library allow students to access technology on a daily basis. We feature guest speakers (dentists, firefighters, The Cat in the Hat) who stop by to share some important information. Students take field trips to local museums, zoos, and other events to enhance our program. And at the end of PreK, students experience a graduation ceremony marking a milestone in their lives.
We know communication with our parents is important. Teachers publish lesson plans weekly. We also maintain daily Behavior Logs, modeled after the system widely used in school districts, using green, yellow, and red colors to designate appropriate behaviors. The school publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting curriculum themes and projects plus notifying parents of special events and parenting tips. Our annual Back to School night brings school and families together for a very special informative evening! In January, we schedule a parent/teacher conference, which focuses on our age-specific Benchmarks set by TEA and Creative Curriculum.
Our lower teacher/student ratios allow our staff to focus on individual student needs. Our Preschool classrooms, with multiple learning centers, are carefully designed to provide a secure environment with unlimited educational opportunities and fun!
Our Program includes the following areas:
- Reading Readiness & Phonics
- Language Arts
- Math Concepts and Number Recognition
- Science and Discovery
- Introduction to Writing Journals
- Social Studies – Children Around the World Festival
- Computer Lab
- Creative Arts
- Dramatic/Home Centers
- Music and Creative Movement
- Physical Fitness/Stretch ‘n Grow
- Practical Life Skills
- Positive Self-Concept and Social Development Activities
|Social & Emotional Development|
Accepts and responds to teacher’s authority
Respects and shows concern for people/things
Plays and shares cooperatively with other children
Has a good self-image
Has appropriate control over his/her
Follows routines independently
Works well in small groups
Does not disturb his/her classmate’s work
Can use the bathroom independently
Can put on own coat/jacket
Runs without falling
Jumps with two feet
Hops on one foot
Balances on one foot
Skips (alternating feet)
Catches a ball
Can swing on a swing
Recognizes rhyming sounds
Recognizes initial consonant sounds
Communicates in complete sentences
Participates in group discussions
Waits his/her turn to speak
Draws pictures with detail
Illustrates body parts when drawing human figures
Holds pen/crayon correctly and writes letters ledgibly
Completes puzzles 50+ pieces
Uses scissors to cut an outlined shape
Traces lines and curves accurately
Colors within the lines
Manipulates zippers, buttons, snaps
Recognition of personal information (name, age, birthdate, etc.)
Understands positional/oppositional concepts
Sorting, patterns, numbers
Written forms of ABC’s and 123’s
Additional/subtraction single digits
Value of money
Alphabet – verbal, written, upper case, lower case
Follows simple directions
Answers questions about a story
Main idea of a story
Can make predictions about a story
Repeats songs/stories/poems from memory
Asks simple questions
Holds books properly
Identifies parts of a book
Sounds out words
Reads simple sentences
Recognizes sight words
Writes left to right
Our specially trained teachers skillfully guide our Preschool students through a variety of exciting destinations that include:
Large Indoor Gym
4,000 sq. ft. indoor gym encourages games and fun regardless of the weather! We have a stage and lighting perfect for our children’s performances, plays and graduations! We also have a projection-style theater-screen for those very special movies!
Resource Room and Library
A specialized room that provides exceptional toys and educational equipment, plus an extensive library complete with a lending library!
Age-Specific Outdoor Playgrounds
An environmental playground with tricycle tracks, spring riders, and a large playscape that includes tubes, tunnels and multiple slides!
A great addition to our playground, allowing our young students to improve their coordination and engage in friendly competition!
Equipped with eight independent computer systems, our children enjoy age-appropriate and fun software in a classroom atmosphere!
To enhance our comprehensive Preschool program, we also provide enrichment activities specialized in the following areas:
Spanish: Rocking Horse Academy incorporates Natural© approach to introduce vocabulary and common phrases into our lessons. Students are introduced to words and songs in Spanish in an effort to gain confidence and familiarity with a second language.
Computers: Because computer technology has become integrated with all levels of education, we feel it is an important part of our program. Our Computer Lab is equipped with six independent computer stations and an extensive variety of software for each developmental level.
We know your schedules are very busy so with your convenience in mind, we provide the following programs at an additional cost. Please call our front desk for further details.
Sport & Dance Program: On-site dance or sports lessons are available to enhance our children’s appreciation for music, movement and teamwork.