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St. Michael's Episcopal Day School

1500 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX 78746

Phone:
(512) 327-0591

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because our school is small and our ratios low and because we believe so strongly in the inherent richness of each and every child, we can individualize our curriculum to meet the needs of the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe strongly in child-led curriculum with the teacher acting as a mentor. The environment is the third teacher. Children, Teachers, Parents and the environment all create an active, inquiring, sensory-rich arena for learning. We are building a community of learners.

A Typical Day

2 Year Old Proposed Schedule


9:00-9:10 Meet and Greet
9:00-9:45 Free Play in Learning Centers
9:45-9:55 Transition to Gathering Time/Clean up centers
9:55-10:10 Gathering Time
10:10-10:20 Wash Hands/Diapering/Toileting/transition to snack
10:20-10:30 Snack/transition to outdoor play
10:30-11:30 Outdoor Play/Sensory Tables
11:30-11:40 Transition to lunch/Diapering/Toileting/wash hands
11:40-11:55 Music and Movement/Godly Play
11:55-12:00 Transition to Lunch
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:40 Quick Diaper Check
12:30-12:50 Puzzles, Fingerplays, Puppetry (Selected Centers)
12:50-12:55 Transition to Story Time
12:55-1:00 Finger Plays/Story Time/Dismissal

The goal is to provide needed times of stimulation, interaction, one on one time and quiet cuddling through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. Building long-term trusting relationships with the caregivers is an invaluable component of the 2 Year Old Program. Caring adults scaffold further learning as they interact with young children throughout the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a website, that will have class notes as a link. We have bulletin board notices and email notifications. We hold conferences twice yearly but will also schedule a conference if there is a concern either from the Teacher or the parent. We hold several Open Houses. Children are assessed using Creative Curriculum guidelines.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a program called "slow start" for children and parents who need a little extra time to separate. Since we Home Visit every child new to the school, our children have a relationship with their Teacher before school starts and that helps to eliminate severe Separation Anxiety. All parents are given a hand-out detailing ideas to help prevent Separation Anxiety and children and parents are encouraged to visit the school during the summer to familiarize themselves with the environment.