To create self-motivated, life-long learners, early childhood programs in Spring Branch provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that enhances the social/emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical development of each child while nurturing autonomy, self-esteem, and success.
Children receive individual and/or group instruction in reading and in writing. Children have large group instruction followed by literacy centers. During literacy centers, children practice the reading and writing skills individually or with their peers while the teacher works with small groups for more enrichment. In addition to small group instruction, Kindergarten students also have writing journals where they can express their thoughts or respond to stories that have been read.
The Math curriculum at Memorial Drive Elementary is a place where students engage in many different math experiences. We believe that children learn through hands on experiences using manipulatives. We provide a environment where the children are encouraged to take risks and take charge of their own learning. Math Their Way is our primary math curriculum. Children work at math stations in groups and independently. Areas of instruction include: patterning, sorting, classifying, graphing, counting, comparing, combining and separating sets, etc.
At MDE, the science curriculum is a hands-on discovery methods of learning. We believe that children are natural scientist that have an innate sense of wonder. By providing materials, (e.g. FOSS plant kits), for them to explore and manipulate, the children can experiment and discover with gentle guidance from adults. By urging children to question, explore, and experiment we are helping them make discoveries between everyday experiences and science concepts.
Kindergarten Social Studies Skills are built through oral communication and visual forms. Students are introduced to problem-solving and decision-making as well as working independently and with others. The study of our national and state heritage begins with exploring celebrations of patriotic holidays and the contribution of historical figures. Students develop cultural appreciation by examining family customs and traditions. Geographical concepts of places are examined by location and physical characteristics.