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Children's Courtyard (Wm. Cannon)

5914 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78749

(512) 891-6500


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our learning approach is very hands on. Curriculum meets all of Texas pre-k guidelines.

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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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

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.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In all classes we group the children based on abilities and teachers work with these groups individually. Even in the infant room the teachers develop individual curriculum for each infant to focus on what they need most.

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.

A Typical Day

Day starts with circle time then small group time. The teacher works with 2-3 children in small groups and the children go to outside play. They also have one on one time with teacher. Other time is spend in computer time, lunch, nap or journal time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers provide daily send-home sheets with info. Also teachers send home weekly updates to parents. We also have a parent involvement group.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Two week transition process for children moving from one class to another. Also parents are encouraged to spend a morning with a child in the begining. We also will have abbreivated days in the begining for children that need it.