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The Sunshine House

2460 N. Old Wire Rd.
Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 443-2000


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • daily music activities
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • easel
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

From the Director:

Our teaching philosophy is based on the Creative Curriculum. The children are encouraged to explore through play, but there are also group times when the caregivers teach specific concepts.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are treated as unique individuals. They are assessed 3 times per year according to the Arkansas Early Childhood Frameworks. This enables the caregivers to plan for the strengths and challenges for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

â??We view the child as an active learner who acts on his or her world to understand it. We believe that children need an opportunity to explore and experience a variety of activities; to discover the joy of â??I amâ?? and â??I canâ??. The environment will be designed by skilled and knowledgeable caregivers who will prepare activities and learning experiences that encourage discovery and exploration.â??

A Typical Day

Preschoolers are independent and creative. These children are given opportunities to enhance their creativity and curiosity through teacher and child-directed hands-on activities both indoors and outdoors. These activities will center around physical, cognitive, social and emotional development that will help them have a successful start in kindergarten

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every child will take home a daily report letting parents know about eating, sleeping and activity patterns the child experienced that day. We plan quarterly Family Days in which the families can come and have lunch and do an activity with their child. We also conduct quarterly parent conferences in which the parents and teachers can share information and make an action plan to address the needs of the child.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We recognize that this is normal for most children and that usually, once the child gets used to the new environment, the anxiety lessens. We offer lots of extra love and attention to the child until he is able to calm down on his own.