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.

Registration for tuition-based Pre-K begins Jan. 2, 2019. Registration for district-supported Pre-K for the 2019–20 school year begins April 2, 2019.

Sample Pre-K3 Schedule

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

  • 7:45–8 a.m., Arrival
    Greet children and families. Children sign in and participate in table activities.
  • 8–8:20 a.m., Morning circle
    Read aloud, shared writing, math, science, and other content-based activities.
  • 8:20–9:45 a.m., Learning centers and small groups
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teacher works with small groups throughout the morning.  
  • 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.
  • 10:45–11:15 a.m., Lunch
    The teaching assistant and the teaching assistant monitor sit with children to assist with the meal and model appropriate behavior.   
  • Dismissal

Sample Pre-K4 Schedule

  • 7:45 a.m., Arrival
    Greet children and families.
  • 7:45–8:05 a.m., Oral language development
    Music, sharing time, calendar and social studies.
  • 8:05–8:35 a.m., Language Arts
    Read aloud, shared reading, write aloud and shared writing.
  • 8:35–9:35 a.m., Center time
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with children in small groups.
  • 9:35–10 a.m., 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.
  • 10–10:20 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.
  • 10:20–10:40 a.m., Read aloud
    Teachers lead students through a preview of the reading selection and introduce children to new vocabulary and story elements.
  • 10:40–11:10 a.m., Lunch
  • 11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m., Rest
  • 12:10–1:10 p.m., Center time
    Children work in free-choice centers. Teachers work with small groups.
  • 1:10–1:30 p.m., Science
    Children participate in hands-on activities that are inquiry based.
  • 1:30–1:50 p.m., Outside play
    Children participate in unstructured and free-choice outdoor play.
  • 1:50–2 p.m., Review the day
  • 2 p.m., Dismissal