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The Heart of Our Preschool Program

The Preschool Immersion program at our school offers diverse hands-on and interactive courses for Pre-K3-Pre-K5 students. With systematic and rigorous training in Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Math and Problem Solving, Science, Social Studies and Development, Physical Wellness, Foreign Languages (e.g., Spanish, Chinese, and French, etc.), Music, and Art, our GT program is designed to make our young learners well-rounded individuals and build a strong foundation for their academic success.

We offer two tracks for our Preschool GT Language Program

Track 1
Track 2
Full-Day in ONE selected target language
Full-Day in TWO selected targeted languages.

Director of Education

Dr. Lu Zheng

Director of Gifted and Talented Education

Dr. Zheng has two decades of teaching experience in an array of subjects, including advertising, public relations, mass communications, statistics, research methods, mandarin Chinese, and French, at three leading U.S. universities. She is a prolific writer, social scientist, and researcher. Her research on media psychology and narrative persuasion has won top national awards from the American Academy of Advertising. Her book chapters on mental transportation in narrative advertising were published in the prestigious Advertising Theory textbook by Routledge in 2017 and 2019. Before joining the Language Lab Academy, Dr. Zheng worked as a professor and a graduate faculty member at the University of Florida. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Dr. Zheng worked as a trilingual (English, French and Chinese) reporter and photographer covering Olympians from all over the world. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding journalistic work by the U.S. Olympic Committee and was featured on NBC and other TV networks. Dr. Zheng is a mom of two children, an eight-year-old daughter (a GT student in Allen ISD) and a four-year-old son. In her spare time, Dr. Zheng enjoys reading, playing piano and chess, swimming, hiking, as well as listening to classical music.

Our Curriculum

  • New vocabulary development in English and new target language(s) (i.e., Spanish/Chinese/French) through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Understand and follow oral directions to complete a certain task.
  • Match sounds to letters, Pinyin (拼音)as well as Chinese characters (汉字).
  • Listen to and discuss a variety of texts representing diverse cultures.
  • Emergent reading and reading comprehension in English and new target language(s).
  • Demonstrate understanding of the literal meaning of a story through questions and comments.
  • Understand the concepts of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
  • Distinguish reality vs. fiction.
  • Identify the main idea of a story.
  • Identify the purpose of the story (i.e., inform, persuade, and entertain).
  • Answer who, what, when, where, and why questions related to the story in discussion.
  • Make predictions and inferences by examining the title, cover, illustrations, and texts.
  • Recall sequence of story by sequencing main events.
  • Use critical thinking skills to predict outcomes and consequences.
  • Retell facts from text and sequences of events.
  • Identify rhythms and patterns of language, including rhyme and repetition.
  • Understand the concept of time: yesterday, today, and tomorrow; past, present, and future.
  • Use new target language(s) to construct one’s own speech and deliver a presentation in public.
  • Identify, count, and write numbers up to 50 and sometimes more.
  • Recognize and identify simple and repeating patterns.
  • Sort and order numbers by a given attribute.
  • Explore relationships by comparing groups.
  • Recognize, describe, and identify common 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Describe a given object according to its size, length, height, and weight.
  • Tell position by using descriptive words.
  • Introduction to addition and subtraction.
  • Introduction to Measurement of the objects (e.g., long and short, wide and narrow, light and heavy).
  • Read clocks and write times.
  • Compare quantities.
  • Apply a strategy to solve a problem (i.e., draw a picture, guess, check).
  • Create sets with more (less) and equal numbers by matching.
  • Organize mathematical thinking to use information, present ideas with words, visual, auditory, and displays.
  • Reason mathematically to evaluate critical thinking skills.
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  • Complete tasks and solve problems by following verbal and audio instructions.
  • Classify objects and concepts.
  • Build vocabulary through the process of elimination.
  • Develop deductive thinking skills.
  • Develop verbal reasoning.
  • Develop reasoning with analogies.
  • Develop arithmetic reasoning skills.
  • Solve puzzles to enhance one’s logical reasoning, math skills, and reading comprehension.
  • Recognize and predict patterns.
  • Develop number sense.
  • Daily practice of CogAT, ITBS, NNAT, ISEE, NYC gifted, and OLSAT test questions and games.
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  • Introduction to living things and nonliving things.
  • Recognize the basic needs of living things.
  • Explore plants, animals, and human life cycles.
  • Observe and describe characteristics of non-living things.
  • Introduction to the sun, moon, and stars.
  • Describe weather and four seasons.
  • Recognize the five senses and body parts that utilize the five senses.
  • Recognize properties such as color, size, shape.
  • Compare weight, texture, and temperature.
  • Introduction to three forms of matters (solid, liquid, and gas).
  • Become aware of and engage in investigative process.
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  • Develop motor skills (running, jumping, kicking, catching, and throwing).
  • Develop control of body and movement.
  • Improve hand-eye coordination.
  • Participate in age-appropriate athletic activities.
  • Play and cooperate with others.
  • Establish good health and nutrition.
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  • One-on-one online and in-person tutoring for all school subjects and test preps is available at our school. All instructors hold BA, MA, or Ph.D. degrees and enjoy working with students of all ages.  
  • Schedule a time to speak to one of our experts about our one-on-one tutoring
  • Generate and follow classroom rules, such as taking turns, walking inside, and listening to instructions.
  • Identify and discusses responsibilities and choices in the classroom and in a family.
  • Identify and demonstrate appropriate social skills, such as listening to others, setting disagreements, and taking turns.
  • Recognize that maps are models of places.
  • Recognize parts of the Earth, where we live.
  • Learn the importance of “Please” and “Thank you!”
  • Recognize and respects diversity in others and cultures.
  • Identify positive behaviors, characteristics, and traits.
  • Recognize respectful interactions with family members, teachers, and other people.
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  • Explore various art techniques.
  • Trace and copy patterns, shapes, forms, and Chinese characters.
  • Express their creativity, thoughts, and ideas.
  • Create pictures with representation.
  • Use various media such as paint, stamps, chalk, markers, crayons, and pencils to create art projects.
  • Experiment with diverse colors through various art forms.
  • Develop and increase fine motor skills.
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  • Sing songs in target language(s).
  • Introduction to different musical instruments.
  • Use simple instruments and body for music.
  • Learn how to mimic rhythm and beat.
  • Introduction to tempo, tone, rhythm, beat, and dynamics of music.
  • Listen to and respond to music from different cultures and genres.
  • Develop an appreciation for classical and modern music from various cultures.
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How We Teach:

5 Stages of Second Language Acquisition

Pre-production:

This is also called “the silent period,” when the student takes in the new language but does not speak it. This period often lasts six weeks or longer, depending on the individual.

Early production:

The student begins to speak using short words and sentences, but the emphasis is still on listening and absorbing the new language. There will be many errors in the early production stage.

Speech Emergent:

Speech becomes more frequent, words and sentences are longer, but the student still relies heavily on context clues and familiar topics. Vocabulary continues to increase and errors begin to decrease, especially in common or repeated interactions.

Intermediate Fluency:

Communicating in the second language is fluent, especially in social language situations. The student can speak almost fluently in new situations or in academic areas, but there will be gaps in vocabulary knowledge and some unknown expressions. There are very few errors, and the individual can demonstrate higher order thinking skills in the second language such as offering an opinion or analyzing a problem.

Advanced Fluency:

The student communicates fluently in all contexts and can manoeuvre successfully in new contexts and when exposed to new academic information.

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