Taylor ISD cares about its “little ducks” and creates a learning environment that benefits students and teachers. We’ve included excerpts from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the various subjects students will learn listed below in our Kindergarten program:
English Language Arts and Reading
The seven strands of the essential knowledge and skills for English language arts and reading include the four domains of language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and their application in order to accelerate the acquisition of language skills so that students develop high levels of social and academic language proficiency. (TEKS 110.2)
The primary focal areas in Kindergarten are understanding counting and cardinality,
understanding addition as joining and subtraction as separating, and comparing objects by
measurable attributes. (TEKS 111.2)
In Kindergarten, students observe and describe the natural world using their senses. Students do science as inquiry in order to develop and enrich their abilities to understand scientific concepts and processes. Students develop vocabulary through their experiences investigating properties of common objects, earth materials, and organisms. (TEKS 112.11)
In Kindergarten, the study of the self, home, family, and classroom establishes the foundation for responsible citizenship in society. Students explore state and national heritage by examining the celebration of patriotic holidays and the contributions of individuals. The concept of chronology is introduced. Students apply geographic concepts of location and physical and human characteristics of place. Students identify basic human needs and ways people meet these needs. Students learn the purpose of rules and the role of authority figures in the home and school. (TEKS 113.11)
Kindergarten students are taught basic factors that contribute to health literacy. Students learn about their bodies and the behaviors necessary to protect them and keep them healthy. Students also understand how to seek help from parents and other trusted adults. (TEKS 115.2)
In Grades K-2, children learn fundamental movement skills and begin to understand how the muscles, bones, heart, and lungs function in relation to physical activity. Students begin to develop a vocabulary for movement and apply concepts dealing with space and body awareness. Students are engaged in activities that develop basic levels of strength, endurance, and flexibility. In addition, students learn to work safely in group and individual movement settings. (TEKS 116.2)
Creative expression - Students communicate ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills. (TEKS 117.102)
• Foundations: music literacy. The student describes and analyzes musical sound.
• Creative expression. The student performs a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate music in informal or formal settings
• Historical and cultural relevance. The student examines music in relation to history and cultures.
• Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performances.
The student develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. The student interprets characters using the voice and body expressively and creates dramatizations. The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills.
Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning.