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Tarrytown Children's Center

2600 Exposition Rd
Austin, TX 78703

(512) 478-8500


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our classes are open to all children regardless of race, nationality, or religious beliefs with the understanding that this is a Christian school where Christian beliefs are taught and reinforced. The curriculum is appropriately designed to the age group and stage of development of the children. Since children learn best through hands-on activities, lessons are built around play and experiential learning. We believe that children absorb their concept of God from people, things and experiences that are a part of their environment. Thus, a love and appreciation for God, Christ and all of God's creation are stressed through appropriate activities. We agree with ideas expressed by Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori that children in early years learn primarily through their senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell) and the coordination of these abilities. Activities are designed to help the child perceive differences and likenesses in shape, size, color, pitch, volume, age, etc., and to learn to distinguish differences in letters and numerals. Children are encouraged to express understanding and empathy for those around them. They are also encouraged to use their own words to solve their problems. We take it as our responsibility to teach the children about God and God's presence in today's world. The early years are a time of rapid physical growth and we provide opportunity to engage in both large and small motor development. Classes are arranged with learning centers, including art, blocks, creative movement, dramatic play, manipulatives, math, music and science. Children learn to play alone or enter confidently into a group already at play. Teachers work individually with each child during the day, and with groups at various times. They evaluate each child's progress daily. All learning activities are presented in the form of play, and children enter in enthusiastically by their own choice and never through pressure. Our curriculum is based on the WEE LEARN series published by the Lifeway Christian Ministry, Nashville, TN. Many supplementary texts will be used to enrich this material.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Christianity

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of Tarrytown Children's Center is to extend the ministry and help accomplish the purpose of our church by providing quality care, education and development for each child to his/her greatest potential; spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. This is accomplished by providing developmentally-appropriate activities and guidance, and by providing a program of ministry and outreach to the families of the children enrolled.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school