Curriculum & Sample Schedules

Pre-K Curriculum at AISD

Austin ISD follows the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and uses Scholastic's research-based Big Day for Pre-K curriculum for all our Pre-K students.

The Scholastic Big Day curriculum helps Pre-K students achieve positive outcomes through learning experiences that are engaging and relevant to their lives. It features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, and supports the district objective to teach the whole child with a focus on social and emotional learning.

Pre-K students receive instruction in core competencies including literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, visual arts, music and physical education. Emphasis is also placed on problem-solving, interest and joy in learning, self-expression and divergent thinking, personal responsibility, self-control and feelings of security and success.

Sample Pre-K3 Schedule

Schedules vary from campus to campus, so please be sure to check with your child's school for specifics.

  • 7:30–8 a.m., Arrival
    Breakfast in the classroom, Welcome Ritual and Arrival Procedures Children sign in and participate in table activities.
  • 8–8:15 a.m., Circle Time #1
    Read aloud, shared writing, math, science, and other content-based activities.
  • 8:15–9:30 a.m., Learning centers and small groups
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teacher works with small groups throughout the morning.
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m., Circle Time #2
  • Read aloud, shared writing, math, science, and other content-based activities.
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m., Outside play
    Children participate in unstructured and free-choice outdoor play. Sand, water, musical instruments, and other materials/activities are provided.
  • 10:15–10:30 a.m., Story time
    Children participate in active story time, including songs, chants and dance. Children prepare for lunch and dismissal.
  • 10:30–11 a.m., Lunch
    The teaching assistant and the Pre-K lunch monitor sit with children to assist with the meal and model appropriate behavior.
  • 11-11:12 End of the Day Review & Dismissal

Sample Pre-K4 Schedule

  • 7:30-8 a.m., Arrival and Oral language development
    Breakfast in the classroom, Welcome Ritual, Arrival Procedures
  • 8-8:15 a.m., Circle Time; Language Arts
  • Read aloud, shared reading, write aloud and shared writing

  • 8:15–9:15 a.m., Centers/Small Groups
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with children in small groups.
  • 9:15–9:30 a.m., Circle Time; Mathematics
    Children are introduced to math concepts in whole group with a more focused lesson conducted in small groups. Math skills are reinforced in centers and throughout the day.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m., Centers/Small Groups
    Children are introduced to math concepts in whole group with a more focused lesson conducted in small groups. Math skills are reinforced in centers and throughout the day.

  • 10:30–11 a.m., Lunch
  • 11–11:30 a.m., Outside P.E. or music movement
    Children participate in unstructured and free-choice outdoor play. Sand, water, musical instruments, and other materials/activities are provided
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Rest/Quiet Reading or Other Quiet Activity
  • 12:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Circle Time; Science
    Children participate in hands-on activities that are inquiry based.
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m., Center time
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with small groups.
  • 1:30–2 p.m., Recess
  • 2–2:15 p.m., Circle Time; Review the Day
  • 2:15–2:23 p.m., Dismissal