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Children's Courtyard (Harris Branch)

11012 Harris Branch Pkwy
Austin, TX 78754

(512) 272-8855


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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 Computers, Spanish

From the Director:

Our curriculum has been developed based on the latest research of how young children learn. We have partnered with Addison-Wesley Scholastic and McGraw Hill to enrich your child's educational experiences. All children have different learning styles and cultures, so our teaching approach takes into account each child's individuality. Our teaching materials include systems for assessment of educational skills so teachers can build concrete, purposeful, and relevant learning activities for each child. This flexible approach accommodates different rates at which children develop and helps each child develop his or her own unique qualities and character. Regardless of age, a child’s day is filled with fun and learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Children's Courtyard is dedicated to providing the highest quality early childhood development and care. Our innovative approach is exemplified in our beautiful home-like settings that are warm and inviting. Our classrooms are furnished with state-of-the-art, age appropriate equipment designed to meet children's developmental needs.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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