Texas School Ready (TSR)

The Texas School Ready Project provides an effective early childhood classroom model in order to prepare at-risk children to enter kindergarten on or above grade level.  The Children’s Learning Institute from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston provides the curriculum and materials needed to start up the 3 and 4 year-old classrooms.  Teachers are provided a 2-day training at the start of the school year and then 4-6 hours of training each month of the school year.   These materials and trainings enhance children’s knowledge and skills in language, literacy, math, and social skills.  These are aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guildelines.  This is an initial investment of $8-10,000 per classroom.

Region VIII in Mt. Pleasant is the lead agency in implementing and training teachers in the TSR curriculum.    Our two teachers are mentored by a monitor provided by Region VIII.   She visits the classrooms monthly and observes progress, helps with assessments, and provides additional training assistance for the teachers.    The children are assessed at the beginning of the year, in the middle of the year, and at the end of the year.  These are computer generated assessments that the kids enjoy.

The TSR program suggest seven learning centers – pretend and learn, construction, writing, creativity, ABC, math/science, and library.  You will see these centers in the 3 & 4 year old rooms.  They are changes out often to introduce new skills and new learning.    The room must also have a word wall which is often used in circle time.    The word wall contains all the letters of the alphabet spaced out with words below each letter that children are learning.    Words may be added that go along with the theme for that particular month.    Themes include community helpers, water world, health and safety, friends, growing things, insects, etc.