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Lake Travis United Methodist Preschool

1502 RR 620 North
Austin, TX 78734

Phone:
(512) 266-2250

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our goal is to help children go to their first day of Kindergarten ready to learn. Academics are taught through the use of stories, songs, play, and hands-on experiences. Children use natural creativity and curiosity to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. We use the Wee-Learn curriculum that: • celebrates each child’s unique qualities and instills multi-cultural appreciation, • fosters individuality and creativity, • emphasizes a love of books and reading, and • teaches children to be respectful of nature and responsible in their use of the resources God provides. Staff of LTUMC Preschool direct and teach using Christian tenets and values. The National Association for the Education of Young Children cites one aspect of early-childhood programs as making the single greatest difference - the personal interaction between teacher and child. Through this relationship, children develop a sense of themselves as successful learners.

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

From the Director:

Our goal is to help children go to their first day of Kindergarten ready to learn. Academics are taught through the use of stories, songs, play, and hands-on experiences. Children use natural creativity and curiosity to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. We use the Wee-Learn curriculum that: • celebrates each child’s unique qualities and instills multi-cultural appreciation, • fosters individuality and creativity, • emphasizes a love of books and reading, and • teaches children to be respectful of nature and responsible in their use of the resources God provides. Staff of LTUMC Preschool direct and teach using Christian tenets and values. The National Association for the Education of Young Children cites one aspect of early-childhood programs as making the single greatest difference - the personal interaction between teacher and child. Through this relationship, children develop a sense of themselves as successful learners.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of the Lake Travis United Methodist Church Preschool is to provide the children of our community with quality care in a Christian setting: to offer nurturing and encouragement; to guide them in learning about themselves, the world, and God’s love; to build self-esteem; and to see them, not as they are now, but as they are capable of becoming.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Newsletter, Parent Committee, Emails, Letters being sent home and fund raisers, parent-teacher conferences & once a month extra activity (Fall Festival, Pancake & PJ Day, Winter Days, etc.)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school