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Stepping Stone School (Brodie Lane)

9405 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX 78748

Phone:
(512) 233-4944

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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:

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.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A child’s first encounter with child care and school is extremely important. Throughout every stage of learning, Stepping Stone’s philosophy is, that every child be respected, valued, and provided with the opportunity to be happy, by fostering a warm and caring atmosphere that encourages creativity and success; along with:

The opportunity to feel secure by taking time to let your child know that he or she is listened to, cared for, and important.
The opportunity to be challenged by promoting activities that will lead to problem solving in all areas (social, emotional, physical, & cognitive).
The opportunity to be creative by providing materials, activities, and guidance so that your child might develop his or her individual talents to their fullest potential.
The opportunity to experience success and to be accepted by planning activities that are appropriate to your child’s developmental level, and by encouraging individual efforts.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Stepping Stone School takes a forward thinking position on parent involvement. We support, encourage, and respect our partnership with parents. Customer service with parents is a highly valued component of our program.

Parent Involvement: Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate frequently. Parent Workshops offer opportunities to help parents understand the various stages of early childhood development and behavior.

Positive Parenting Newsletters are quarterly publications and available free to all parents and provide an insider's look at current events in our centers, trends in professional research, and curriculum information. This newsletter is focused on what's happening with your child, based on parent's suggestions and printed in a concise easy format, with regular columns such as “Curriculum Corner” by Emogene Tracy, Positive Parenting Corner, and the Parent Lending Library!

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