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Bent Tree Child Development Center

17275 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001

(972) 931-0868


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Degreed teachers are educated and skilled in understanding and stimulating growth and development in young children. To maximize learning, children are allowed to explore freely multi-sensory and open-ended exploration.

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
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught As part of the curriculum, we offer a computer program, Spanish, and Social Etiquette program for children 2 1/2 years and older.

From the Director:

An outdoor learning environment is provided to facilitate creativity and freedom for large muscle development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide for families a multi-sensory based, enriching and nurturing program for young children where pre-academic and social/emotional skills are balanced to develop the whole child in a safe, healthy, and fun classroom environment in a state-of-the-art private school atmosphere.

A Typical Day

Sample Level 1: Morning Circle (Greetings, songs, sharing). Learning Centers. Outdoor Gross Motor (Playground). Family style lunch. Quiet Activities (Books, puzzles). Prepare for nap/children's rest time. Afternoon circle activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Numerous events to strengthen the home-school connection: Holiday Open House, Thanksgiving Feast, Fourth of July, Bike Parade, Spring & Fall Art Exhibit. Daily parent/communication notebooks, Fall & Spring Parent Conference, monthly school and class newsletters, twice yearly developmental checklists and report card to demonstrate progress of growth and development, twice yearly parent education classes (topics selected by parents), speech and play/family therapist sessions at school and recommended if appropriate resource.Schools have many unique characteristics and so do children. The selection process is for the parent to choose the best match in school for their child and the family.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have transition weeks yearly as children move from one class level to the next. Some children will be moving from our school to elementary.