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Happy Times Preschool

407 East Clinton Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 652-3537


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children learn best through "Play with a purpose". Children also need structure and appropriate limits.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Print Rich Environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • sorting, matching, catergorizing. sequencing. graph s and charts estimating
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • directional games
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • include some scientific activity with each weekly unit--such as making frost--cutting open pumpkin--collecting leaves etc
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Regularly sing together--use tapes--play quiet music during free play etc.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • planned art each day
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each class has three teachers. There are two "main teachers" the third teacher works with one or two children at a time when needed

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Good Beginnings Last Forever" A developmentall appropriate program for preschool age childre dedicated to providing a safe nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of young children.

A Typical Day

Free Play Room With Centers and Art

P.E on playground or gym

Circle Time


Discovery Time (ABC-123)

Special reinforcing games, Music etc

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The director greets each child (small school) and a parent when the child is brought to school--Newsletters concerning upcoming curriculum and special events are sent out the first of every month. Parents feel free to call the director at any time with questions. Conferences are scheduled when needed


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a small school with a wonderful ratio of teachers to children. Therefore, it is very easy for our teachers to bond right away with the children. There is no set policy for dealing with separation problems. Each child is different and we call upon our knowledge of the child, his family and our years of experience to find the best solution for each individual problem