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Stepping Stone School (Bowling Green)

8419 Bowling Green
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 453-2951


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

State of the Art Learning Centers: Our Learning Centers provide opportunities for children to make decisions, follow direction, work independently, and learn the care and use of materials. They include areas for books, block play, art, puzzles, manipulatives, science, dramatic play and technology. Each classroom is structured with age-appropriate educational toys, teaching games and materials related to the current unit of study which the children may use individually, with a friend or in small groups. Guidance Methods: All Stepping Stone School Early Childhood Educators are trained in the use of positive guidance methods that help children learn self-control without loss of self- esteem. Stepping Stone's professionals have received extensive training in early childhood education and are available to consult and assist Stepping Stone families.

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:

The Stepping Stone School Calendar of Curriculum Themes™ is based on the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum® and follows the accreditation guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP). Our talented educators incorporate the Calendar of Curriculum™ into all classroom activities daily. This curriculum is tailored to each age group and encourages a love of and ability for reading at a pre-kindergarten age. Your children also will be exposed to other familiar subjects such as science, art, math, languages and writing. Stepping Stone School’s Early Achievers Program provides the ideal academic components needed to ensure a successful transition to elementary school, and is the benchmark of our Kindergarten Readiness Academy™.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Educators closely monitor the progress of each student and his or her individual needs and make curricular recommendations and adaptations based on the child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Stepping Stone School our philosophy and culture is based upon support for all children and their families during their early years. Our nurturing, developmental approach stems from the original belief of our founders, that successful teaching and learning is directly related to the quality of the teacher-child interaction and their environment. We provide a “second home” for children where parents can be comforted in knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment and where they trust that we will love their child. We believe that all children deserve every opportunity to be happy, to be challenged, and to be successful!

A Typical Day

Children at Stepping Stone School enjoy a mix of teacher-led activities, child-directed center time, outdoor activities, family-style meals and snacks, and naptime. Weekly, theme-based lesson plans address the different needs of each child through planned activities. This changing atmosphere supports your child's rapidly emerging abilities and interests and offers opportunities for early math, science, reading, construction and imaginative play learning experiences.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Stepping Stone School forges strong relationships with parents and communicates with them in a variety of ways. Monthly newsletters are sent out both electronically and in hard copy; these newsletters include school announcements, reminders about upcoming events, curriculum details and more. Parents of children up to 3 years old receive individualized daily charts regarding the lessons and events of each day; parents of children above the age of 3 receive weekly progress reports detailing the activities of the week.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled at least once per year, and are available upon request at any time. Furthermore, daily personal interaction takes place between parents and teachers at drop-off and pick-up times. Our Educators maintain portfolios on each child in our schools so that parents have a collection of their child’s work throughout their years at Stepping Stone School.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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