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Grace Garden Child Development Center

2140 Allandale Rd.
Austin, TX 78756

Phone:
(512) 371-5822

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Grace Garden Child Development Center seeks to offer a superior learning experience for preschool chidren while providing an invaluable service to our local community and beyond. Our school will provide a Chrisitian environment that encourages development of the whole child - physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and spirtually. We will continually strive for excellence, embrace diversity, and have respect for one another.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Grace Garden Child Development Center offers a superior learning experience for preschool children while providing an invaluable service to our local community and beyond. Our school will provide a Christian environment that encourages development of the whole child – physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We will continually strive for excellence, embrace diversity, and have respect for one another

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 Every week students attend Chapel where we focus on nurturing their spiritual life. Through music, prayer and a Bible lesson specially geared for young ones, our children learn that they are special gifts from God.

From the Director:

If children are rushed into academic subjects too soon, they may lose their enthusiasm for learning and lose their sense of themselves as learners. If children are told what to learn and memorize by their teacher, they may become more passive and dependant learners, and be less excited about learning something new. Children who are given plenty of time to play, however, learn to ask their own questions and figure out their own answers. They are responsible for their own learning. They see themselves as explorers, discoverers, problem solvers, and inventors.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child deserves to be met at their individual learning level and it is our goal that every child feel successful and challenged. We are blessed to have a low student to teacher ratio, which allows us to give individualized teaching to each student. For children who are behind in class, we are very patient, giving the child the extra time that s/he needs. That may involve taking a different approach to the lesson, for example, a child with sensory issues may not be able to mix yellow with red paint in shaving cream. She can, however if the paint and cream stays within the confines of a plastic baggie. For children who are excelling, we challenge them with more difficult work or increased responsibility. If she knows her basic colors, then we move on to more obscure colors. If she has mastered a 10 piece puzzle, then we make sure there are several 25 piece puzzles in the classroom for her. We design lesson plans so that each child is challenged and so that each child finds success.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The most unique feature of Grace Garden is our sense of community. Because of our small size, everybody knows everybody, including the parents, teachers and students. As a result, our school provides a very safe, loving environment for the children and is very welcoming for newcomers.

A Typical Day

Classroom schedules are designed and tailored to meet the developmental levels of each age group. There are designated times for group, art, center, story, snack/lunch and free play. There is daily outdoor play and weekly garden time. Chapel is held once a week for our students and led by the Director of Children's Ministries. Students participate in a weekly music class, as well, led by our music teacher. There are also after school enrichment opportunities for those opting for a longer day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Classrooms teachers send home daily reports with pertinent information about each child. There is also an email address specific to each classroom so that parents and teachers may communicate via email. A weekly electronic newsletter goes to all enrolled families, updating them on weekly events in each classroom. Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice a year in late Fall and Spring. Grace Garden has an "open door policy" and all parents are welcome to schedule one-on-one time with the director or teachers if they have questions, suggestions or concerns.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is very common for children and parents. We work hard to make this transition more smooth by scheduling individual home visits prior to the start of school. During this time, teachers become familiar with each child's home routine and stress the importance of a daily school routine held between the child and parent at drop off. It is important for students to feel comfortable in order to be excited to attend school. We've learned that a patient and loving approach is critical and has proven successful every year. During the first week of school children are not crying because they are being dropped off, but because they don't want to leave to go home!