5600 North Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096
The Early Childhood program is an integral part of The Shlenker Schoolâ€™s ten-year program and embraces the mission and philosophy as stated on pages one and two. Our program uses an environmentally based curriculum called The Creative CurriculumÂ® in which we create a classroom environment that is appropriate to the childrenâ€™s level of development. We believe that children learn best by doing. Through active involvement with their environment, children make sense of the world around them. The classroom is organized into interest areas, or learning centers, where children are encouraged to explore not only the learning materials, but also their relationships with peers and adults. The classroom teacher acts as a facilitator to the childâ€™s learning, responding to the individual needs of each child. Activities focus on hands-on learning through interactive play and individualized instruction so that children are challenged, but not frustrated.
During the early childhood, the primary developmental tasks children face are building trust, gaining autonomy and self-control, and developing competence and initiative. The Shlenker program supports these developmental milestones by providing opportunities for children to develop their own interests and pursue activities they select on their own. Children are encouraged to make decisions for themselves and thus experience a sense of control over their lives. The teachers listen to the children, seek out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves. At the same time, we set clear, age-appropriate expectations for behavior in an effort to engender success and minimize frustration. Children are encouraged to learn from their mistakes, to explore, and to take risks.