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Elsass Academy (Twin Oaks)

2415 Twin Oaks Dr
Austin, TX 78757

Phone:
(512) 452-5437

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

As Early Childhood professionals we realize a child learns and retains knowledge he\she has initiated the desire to learn. We also know and believe a young child learns through play. Play is the child's work. As a child expresses ideas and feelings in dramatic play, runs, jumps and climbs on the playground, creates in the art room, and builds a tower with the blocks, he\she is working. The child is learning. Through DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) educators have learned the process is more important and valuable than the product. Through play the child interacts with his environment, relates new concepts to familiar, makes his/her own deductions, hypotheses' and experiments, and finally assimilates knowledge to his\her being. Thus, play is the process for the child. This understanding of how children learn provides the basic premise for the Elsass Academy Twin Oaks Developmentally Appropriate Emergent Curriculum

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 Swimming Gymnastics

From the Director:

As Early Childhood professionals we realize a child learns and retains knowledge he\she has initiated the desire to learn. We also know and believe a young child learns through play. Play is the child's work. As a child expresses ideas and feelings in dramatic play, runs, jumps and climbs on the playground, creates in the art room, and builds a tower with the blocks, he\she is working. The child is learning. Through DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) educators have learned the process is more important and valuable than the product. Through play the child interacts with his environment, relates new concepts to familiar, makes his/her own deductions, hypotheses' and experiments, and finally assimilates knowledge to his\her being. Thus, play is the process for the child. This understanding of how children learn provides the basic premise for the Elsass Academy Twin Oaks Developmentally Appropriate Emergent Curriculum

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Philosophy and Goals: Elsass Academy North Central is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive services to children and their families, contributing to the development of confident, well-rounded individuals. We endeavor:

* To promote the well-being of the whole child emotionally, physically, cognitively, socially and creatively by providing current, developmentally appropriate activities.

* To provide a foundation of love and genuine concern for the development of the child's self-esteem, social competence and intellectual growth.

* To promote interactions between children, staff and parents that are characterized by warmth, personal respect, individuality, positive support and responsiveness.

* To provide a staff who understands the development of the young child and recognizes the unique needs of each child.

* To provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of self and others.

As Early Childhood professionals we realize a child learns and retains knowledge he\she has initiated the desire to learn. We also know and believe a young child learns through play. Play is the child's work. As a child expresses ideas and feelings in dramatic play, runs, jumps and climbs on the playground, creates in the art room, and builds a tower with the blocks, he\she is working. The child is learning.

Through DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) educators have learned the process is more important and valuable than the product. Through play the child interacts with his environment, relates new concepts to familiar, makes his/her own deductions, hypotheses' and experiments, and finally assimilates knowledge to his\her being. Thus, play is the process for the child. This understanding of how children learn provides the basic premise for the Elsass Academy Twin Oaks Developmentally Appropriate Emergent Curriculum.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Throughout the year, there are numerous occasions for you to become involved with your child's activities. The Director and Staff are dedicated to the best school for your child. Comments and criticisms are welcomed. Parents who work with the program are the most valuable asset we have!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

First Days at School
The first days in preschool can be difficult for both parents and children. We like to handle it as carefully as possible to get the child off to a positive start. If you are not convinced that this will be a wonderful time for your child, then your child will not be either.
1) You are welcome to stay as long as possible. We encourage this.
2) When it is time for you to leave, say your goodbyes and leave without hesitation, as this will make it easier for the child.
3) Please feel free to call during the day and receive progress reports on your child's.