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The Greenwood School

8319 Haskel Drive
Austin, TX 78736

Phone:
(512) 394-9171

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

The Greenwood School is a home-based day care & preschool in southwest Austin, Texas. Loving childcare is our mission and our passion. We know that some parents are searching for a comfortable, safe, home-like environment for their preschooler. Large institutions and corporations seldom provide this type of care. If you are looking for a Waldorf or Montessori preschool environment, we invite you to come see The Greenwood School. Our children enjoy two acres of Texas hill country located at 8319 Haskel Dr. just off Highway 290 West in Oak Hill, a short drive from downtown Austin. We provide year-round child care for children ages 2-5. Our graduates continue to be successful as they move to elementary and beyond, whether that move is to a public school or a Waldorf or Montessori program. The Greenwood School's preschool program has been lovingly designed to preserve the innocence of early childhood. Each day, children are treated to hours of outdoor play in a rustic farm-like setting. We provide children with a variety of fun indoor activities and many opportunities to be creative.Greenwood children benefit from having the same teachers year after year. Our home and family atmosphere gives toddlers and preschool children a feeling of comfort, security and acceptance while providing parents with peace of mind. We cover all the important skills that children need to be successful in kindergarten and grade school. We are also attentive to the Law of Attraction and other more spiritual thought. We enjoy helping children learn about the attractive power of creative thought. We teach them how to use positive statements or affirmations to get through tough times. We teach them to be grateful and to focus on what they like or enjoy. We are committed to teaching children how to be happy and share that happiness with others. Happy children love school. Happy children love teachers. Happy children love learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

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  • 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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  • 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 Sculpting, yoga, painting, music, creative movement and spanish are all taught with teacher-led instruction, but often followed by playful, unstructured practice.

From the Director:

It is our view that our students need to be in nature as much as possible. Their toys are whatever nature provides along with metal buckets and sand scoops. We have dogs, guinea pigs, fish, chickens, wild birds, squirrels, toads, snakes, insects, all playing a part of the children's interaction with their environment. As a school community, we strive to lesson our environmental footprint and teach children to have a reverence for nature and her inhabitants. We teach conflict resolution through peaceful dialogue starting at age two.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We believe that the key to serving all the children at their developmental level is simply to have enough teachers. We limit enrollment so that the teachers always have a lap or hug for children in need. Teachers are also able to provide more complex art and movement instruction in small groups.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Greenwood School is a licensed childcare center and preschool in southwest Austin, Texas. Loving childcare is our mission and our passion. We know that some parents are searching for a comfortable, safe, home-like environment for their preschooler. We offer hours of outdoor play in a natureal environment every day. Large institutions and corporations do not and cannot provide this type of care.

The Greenwood School's preschool program has been lovingly designed to preserve the innocence of early childhood. Each day, children are treated to hours of outdoor play in a rustic farm-like setting. We provide children with a variety of fun indoor activities and many opportunities to be creative. Greenwood children benefit from having the same teachers year after year. Our home and family atmosphere gives toddlers and preschool children a feeling of comfort and acceptance while providing parents with peace of mind.

A Typical Day

7:30 Breakfast (from student’s box) and self select play
8:15 Outdoor play (weather permitting)
9:15 Welcome circle, return to play
9:45 Potty and wash hands.
10:00 Morning Snack
10:15 Return to play
10:40 Potty and wash hands.
Monday Rhythm and Spanish
Tuesday Gymnastics
Wednesday Creative Movement
Thursday Music singing and games
Friday Art
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Potty and wash hands
(12:30 pick-up)
12:40 Rest time
2:30 Potty and wash hands, coloring
(3:00 pick-up time)
3:15 Snack
3:30 Outdoor play
4:30 Water break, potty and wash hands.
4:45 Snack (from student's box)
5:00 Wash hands. Creative Play indoors.
5:30 Table activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate daily with parents by phone, notes and email. There is usually a teacher available at drop-off and pick-up time to speak with parents about concerns. We have volunteer opportunities for parents that provide ample "chat" time for maintaining good connections and rapport.

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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We often design the separation plan according to what the child needs. Through dialogue with parents and observation, we learn what would best serve the parent and child relationship. We have some idea of what will work, but every child is different and we are ready to accomodate the needs as they come up. Most of the drop-offs occur during playground time, which offers lots of distractions for children. It generally goes very smoothly.