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Becker School

Curriculum & Class Overview

Curriculum

The curriculum at Becker School is constantly evolving and uses many of today’s best practices in early childhood education, including but not limited to Reggio-inspired learning, differentiated instruction and play-based exploration. Daily lessons feature Jewish lessons throughout and encourage children to experience positive Jewish values. Our goal for our students is to be confident, curious and happy citizens with a lifelong love of learning.

Licensing & Accreditation

Becker is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The director, assistant directors and teachers meet all requirements and standards set by the child care licensing branch of Texas Human Services and by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Class Overview

Young Toddler (15 mos. by Sept. 1, 2021)
Monday-Friday, MWF, or T/TH
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Children must be walking independently upon entering the Young Toddler program. Parents may choose a two-day, three-day, or five-day program.

Toddlers receive nurturing and intellectual stimulation in a loving environment that they need to thrive during this stage of learning. The program helps foster all students’ self-worth, confidence and desire to explore their environment through hands-on activities. Since toddlers are especially committed to achieving independence, our teachers provide responsive individual attention as your child deals with positive experiences as well as frustration. Our small classes are held in an enriching environment with ample room to develop motor skills and spaces to provoke curiosity and engagement.

The Young Toddler program includes

Introduction of Jewish values and culture, guided play, story time, arts and sensory exploration, dramatic play opportunities, studio time, outdoor play, gardening, music, Art Alive, imagination and movement, library, snack and lunch.

Twos (age 2 by Sept. 1, 2021)
Monday-Friday or MWF
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Twos program emphasizes the continued development of the whole child through positive social opportunities. At this age, the children are making a bridge between playing alongside their peers to socially interacting with their peers. Through integrative, child-directed play, teachers foster positive social experiences while focusing on increasing expressive oral language and listening skills. This level encourages autonomy through all aspects of school life. We promote emerging self-reliant skills in hygiene and toileting, and safety in the learning environments. We feature small class sizes and an enriching environment, so the children gain confidence in exploring their world.

The Twos program includes

A deeper understanding of Jewish values and culture, guided play, story time, arts and sensory exploration, dramatic play opportunities, studio time, outdoor play, gardening, music, Art Alive, imagination and movement, library, snack and lunch.

Threes (age 3 by Sept. 1, 2021)
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Children build on the socialization skills from the Twos program and have abundant opportunities to stretch their thinking and continue to grow socially and emotionally. The classroom environment has more clearly defined learning areas — such as block play, dramatic play, art, manipulatives, and math, science and literacy — all of which support social interactions. Inquiry is child-led and co-constructed with peers and teachers. Teachers receive training from Rice University’s Center of Education in early literacy, writing and culture. We feature small class sizes and an enriching environment that work together to enhance relationships.

The Threes program includes

Application of Jewish values and culture; inquiry-based learning in literacy, math and science; story time, arts and sensory exploration, dramatic play, studio time, outdoor play, gardening, music, Art Alive, imagination and movement, library, snack and lunch.

Pre-K (age 4 by Sept. 1, 2021)
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Our Pre-K children continue to develop problem-solving skills through collaborative project work that helps build the foundations for reading, writing, math and science. The classroom environment supports the growth of children as they begin to develop a heightened sense of the world around them, desire to be independent, ability to think critically, and the need for social interaction. We encourage children to be thoughtful and reflective about their ideas and work. They receive essential tools that build the foundation for future learning and success. Teachers receive training from Rice University’s Center of Education in early literacy, writing and culture. We feature small class sizes and an enriching environment that honors the individual child while providing space for small-group and whole-group interactions.

The Pre-K program includes

Application of Jewish values and culture; inquiry-based learning in literacy, math, and science; story time, arts and sensory exploration, dramatic play, studio time, outdoor play, gardening, music, Art Alive, imagination and movement, library, snack and lunch.

Kindergarten (age 5 by Sept. 1)
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Becker’s Kindergarten program builds a strong foundation for life and learning, and integrates Jewish values in a curriculum that strengthens skills in reading, writing, math, and science. Teachers encourage children’s intellectual development through exploration of meaningful materials and in-depth child-driven projects. The classroom environment provides a safe space for children to take risks and test their theories about the world and their place in it. Large-group, small-group, and individual exploration are intentional in instilling a lifelong love of learning. We feature small class sizes and an enriching environment that ensures each child’s unique academic, social, and emotional needs are met.

The Kindergarten program includes

Integration of Jewish values and vulture, inquiry-based learning in areas of reading, writing, math and science, morning meetings, reading workshop, writing workshop, envision math, arts exploration, studio time, outdoor play, gardening, music, Arts Alive, imagination and movement, library, snack and lunch.

Extended & Early Care

Available to children enrolled M-F.