The district curriculum for prekindergarten is closely tied to the guidelines issued by the State of Texas for all students. Prekindergarten students receive instruction in all of the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, visual arts, music, and physical education to prepare them for success in kindergarten. Emphasis is placed on: language and concept development, development of problem solving skills, promotion of interest and joy in learning, provisions of ample opportunities for self-expression and divergent thinking, development of responsibilities and self-control, and promotion of feelings of security and success.
Scholastic Big Day for Pre-K is the district adopted curriculum.
Austin ISD considers kindergarten to be an integral part of the elementary school program with a curriculum that is aligned to the state’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Instead of being a version of first grade, kindergarten expands the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills typical of preschool classrooms. The program focuses on deeper, more rigorous academic content integrated within a developmentally appropriate framework that guides children in becoming more intentional, self-directed learners ready for first grade. Kindergarten teachers incorporate the district’s Literacy Framework, which includes a K-12 balanced literacy approach to the teaching of reading and writing using Reader's and Writer's Workshop. In science and mathematics, kindergarten teachers integrate inquiry and hands-on learning through the use of experiments, investigations, and manipulative materials and tools. Additionally, just like their first through sixth grade peers, all AISD kindergarteners participate in enrichment activities, rotating on a daily basis between art, music, and physical education classes.
Treasures/Tesoros, by McGraw-Hill, is the district adopted curriculum.