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Westlake United Methodist Church Preschool

1460 Redbud Tr
Austin, TX 78746

Phone:
(512) 327-1335

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Listening centers, literacy rich environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counters, sorters and scales for weighing and measuring
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Visual Aid Clock
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 We have chapel services in which sometimes bible stories are read. We do not have bible based curriculum but model and teach basic christian vlaues to the children.

From the Director:

There is structure during the day in terms of daily routines and schedules. Our curriculum is a developmental based approach in which teachers are cognizant of the developmental levels of the children in their class and work to 'meet' the child where he/she is developmentally. Our goal is to offer to each individual child activities that meet his/her needs.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

work with each ind stud to meet this/her nees

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool serves children 3 months to 5 years of age. The goal of the preschool is to meet the needs of the 'whole child' through 'hands on' developmental learning experiences.

A Typical Day

Arrimal and greetg, exp aobut what is avail in learning center, free choic in learing centers (arts, blocks, etc) clean up, snack, outdoor time, group time (story, group discusston), center activity, go to gym for creative movement, lunch in classroom, end day with story. Once a week we have a music and a chapel time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have Parent/Teacher conferences twice year. We send out an all school newsletter monthly and teachers communicate with parents on a daily basis.

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

In home visits before school starts and work to comfort and reassure children and get them involved in activities.