Areas of Development
At HTP, we believe “Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). We pray with our students throughout the day, we have weekly chapel with Pastor Laura, and we incorporate Bible stories in our daily activities.
Research shows that what students need in order to be successful in kindergarten is not just ABCs and 123s. In fact, kindergarten teachers often request that students be able to interact with adults and peers with kindness and have self-help skills like putting on their own coat and washing their own hands. HTP prioritizes these foundational skills for students by incorporating them into our everyday activities and conversations.
The early childhood years are full of physical growth. Humans experience the majority of their lifelong physical development before age 5! At HTP, we focus on both gross motor skills like running, jumping, and dancing as well as fine motor skills like drawing, pre-writing, and use of tools like scissors.
The amazing thing about young children is they learn through play! Adults don’t have to create elaborate lessons or drill them with flashcards. These students will learn about letters by hearing an alphabet book, or numbers while counting trucks on their road made of blocks, or colors and shapes by working a puzzle (not to mention that great hand-eye coordination!). Our teachers are highly trained in early childhood development and can seamlessly weave these learning concepts into the play and toys and books that young students crave. By linking each play activity to a central learning goal or theme, we give the students’ brains the opportunity to create strong connections about the world around them.
Learning Without Tears
At HTP, we use the same curriculum as Leander Independent School District to teach letter recognition, formation, and sounds. Learning Without Tears was designed by Jan Olsen in 1977 in an effort to make handwriting easier for her son. "Designed with children in mind, the developmentally appropriate, hands-on instruction is simple and effective for all children and teachers." (LWT website)
Pocket of Preschool
For our classroom management, dramatic play, math and literacy, science, and social-emotional learning, we use the Pocket of Preschool curriculum created by preschool professional, Jackie Kops. After many years of teaching preschool and creating beautiful teaching aids for her own classroom, Jackie started selling her curriculum on Teacher's Pay Teachers (a website where teachers can share their lesson plans and materials with each other).
2022-2023 Curriculum Map