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SonShine School

9300 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733

Phone:
(512) 263-1722

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Curriculum is unit-based and provides a wide variety of activities to enhance physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. Language development, number concepts, pre-reading, pre-math readiness, and exposure to good literature are integrated into all of the activities. These activities include dramatic play, blocks, home living, puppets, music, books, science, games, art, nature studies, and outdoor play.

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 The staff of SonShine School have a passion for impacting children's lives for eternity with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bible stories and simple verse memorization are incorporated into our daily activities. No child is forced to 'memorize' scripture, but we wish all children to understand the message of Christ's love, mercy, and grace.

From the Director:

Our curriculum and daily schedule allow ample opportunities for the children to explore the world around them and to reinforce concepts introduced by the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

SonShine school has a strength-based assessment for each child that focuses on what the child can do and then what is the next logical progression in teaching each child. Activities and one-on-one interaction are geared to meet the needs of each child at his/her developmental stage.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Ministry of SonShine School SonShine School is a ministry of Westlake Bible Church. It operates under the direction of the Preschool Board of Directors which is directly responsible to the Board of Elders of Westlake Bible Church. The school is located in the church building. The SonShine School is self-supporting through tuition payments, donations and fund-raising efforts. Rooms, furnishings, and utilities are provided by Westlake Bible Church. Mission Statement The mission of SonShine School is to:  provide for each child a complete learning environment that has God as the center,  integrate Biblical teachings in all that we do,  convey God's love daily to each child,  share and learn about the wonders of God's world,  minister to and aid parents in any way we can.  pray each school day for the parents and each child. Philosophy of Education The SonShine School program is based on the needs of preschool children. We recognize that play is children's work and we seek to provide activities that are age appropriate as well as individually appropriate for each child.

A Typical Day

The children are greeted at the door by their two teachers. The classroom as been set-up with an array of centers for the children to freely chose and navigate with guidance and reinforcement from the teacher and assistant teacher. This is followed with 'circle time' for instruction and interaction with the teacher as a group. Lunch is followed by outdoor play. The day is concluded with Bible circle time and snack. We have an outside music teacher that visits each class weekly.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an annual open house and various pre-planned engagements for teachers and parents to interact. We, also, have an open door policy where parents are welcome and encouraged to take part in our day-to-day activities. There are two individual formal assesments on each child each school year. This is followed by a parent-teacher conference.Each child entering kindergarten is assessed for kindergarten readiness, but the decision of where and when for a child to enter formal education is left to the parents.

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

This is done on an individual basis depending on the needs of the child. Separation problems are always handled with love and encouragement.