InfantsInfants at Oaks Trail Academy enjoy a warm, caring and loving environment. Our teachers work closely with the parents to understand family preferences for their infant care and incorporate key home routines into our classroom. We keep our infant class small, as we believe that in a small class infants will thrive better due to the less stressful environment, which can be experienced in larger classroom settings. Our infant teachers are well trained and experienced in infant care, health and safety. The Oaks Trail infant teachers have an understanding of infant emotional, physical and social development and consistently offer activities that are geared towards each infant’s developmental stage. Infants are provided a stimulating environment with lots of interaction time in teacher’s laps, on the floor, playing with caregivers and toys, or outside enjoying age appropriate activities. We respond as quickly as possible to cries for assistance as well as smiles and laughter. The goal is to establish the loving, supportive, responsive relationships that all babies need for their intellectual, social, and physical development. Oaks Trail Academy strives to:
- Provide a nurturing and secure environment.
- Set safety and sanitary procedures as high priorities.
- Provide an environment that foster and aid developmental growth during these crucial first years of life.
Preschool and Pre-KOaks Trail Academy is proud of the prestigious certification we have received from the Texas School Ready program! As a parent this gives you peace of mind that Oaks Trail Academy’s educational practices and environment are effectively preparing your child for Kindergarten. This program for pre K children was developed through research completed at the University of Texas. It is a comprehensive preschool program that combines a research-based curriculum with ongoing teacher professional development and progress monitoring tools. This certification is based on actual tracking the reading and social screener scores, as evaluated by Kindergarten teachers in the Garland ISD of children who previously attended our preschool program. Our classrooms are designed with centers that engage children and provide activities that promote imagination and creativity as we believe children learn through play. We provide a balance between those times of formal instruction and child exploration. In addition to your child’s increase of literacy, language, math and science skills, Bible studies using ABEKA curriculum are taught on a weekly basis. We believe Godly character development and values instilled at an early age are critical. All teachers at Oaks Trail strive to provide an environment where children can learn and play in an atmosphere of love and respect which model Godly character. Every child at Oaks Trail Academy is an individual, with different interests, skills, strengths, and needs. Our goal is to get to know as much as possible about each and every child so that we can guide learning and plan experiences that is tailored individually. To do this, Oaks Trail Academy uses an authentic ongoing, observation-based assessment system to gather information on each child’s development and learning. We employ a valid and reliable assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD. The starting point for the assessment is 38 research-based objectives. We use the documentation collected to determine your child’s progress related to these objectives. Oaks Trail Academy also strives to:
- Recognize the importance of the parents as the primary influence in every child’s development.
- Establish a loving and secure environment.
- Be supportive of families by promoting involvement and encouraging open communication which increases a child’s success.