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Dinosaur Den Child Development Center

14299 South Darnell Street
Olathe, KS 66062

(913) 780-2626

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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
  • Patterns
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
  • Sensory Activities
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Circle time songs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught Language, pre-math, physical skills (fine & large), science, creative expression, music appreciation and social development.

From the Director:

Dinosaur Den offers a whole-theme curriculum based upon age appropriate skills which teaches and reviews a theme, set of letters, numbers, colors and shapes over a month. It is our goal to provide a positive, rich and stimulating environment that considers each child's development--physically, mentally, socially and emotionally--with a balance of structured and unstructured activities.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Dinosaur Den Child Development Center offers a morning preschool program: Cruise into Kindergarten to help prepare 3-5 year olds for kindergarten. This program runs 2-3 days per week from September through May.

Dinosaur Den also offers full-day childcare with a preschool curriculum for infants through Pre-Kindergarten for the entire calendar year. For Kindergarten through 4th Grades, we provide before/after school care with transportation to several Olathe schools and a full-day summer camp.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe parents are the most important adults in your child's life so we encourage parents to be involved in our programs. Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our responsibility.

Dinosaur Den will provide parents with a monthly newsletter and calendar to help you and your child prepare the month's planned curriculum or for any special activities and field trips. A daily note will be sent home with your child at the end of each class to let you know about your child's day. The director and teacher will be available before and after the class to address any concerns or ask any questions.

Progress reports will be provided in May to let you know how your child is progressing in the skills they need to begin kindergarten.

For the 2008-2009 program year, Dinosaur Den will hold a Family Open House on Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Bring your entire family to tour our center, meet the staff and enjoy children's activities and games in each classroom. Door prizes will be awarded, refreshments will be provided and we will even have a special visit from the balloon-man! We hope you will attend and check out our center and program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school