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Pecan Ridge School

1140 S Buffalo Street
Canton, TX 75103

(903) 567-0515


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We, as educators, and you, as parents, all want to give our children the best possible start in life. We want them to grow into happy, productive human beings, to realize their full potential, and to be capable of love, of work, and of responsibility.
We Help Children Discover Their World...
At Pecan Ridge School, we realize that we are in charge of the environments and settings in which our children discover and develop. We know that the child's experience IS the learning process. Jean Piaget stated unequivocally, "Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. That which we allow him to discover by himself...will remain with him."
"Discover" is the key word used by Piaget. As children explore and discover their world and how it works, they learn. Children have a natural thirst for knowledge and growth. It is our responsibility to share information with them, to help them explore and discover what this world and its relationships are all about.
We are Child-Centered...
Pecan Ridge School is child-centered. Child-centeredness means being completely in tune with each child, knowing him from the inside-out. It is focusing on the child and attending to his or her needs. It is recognizing that no one child is like another. It is being a careful observer of the child, knowing where he or she is in his or her development at any given time and helping the child progress, explore, and discover.
We are Process-Oriented, not Product-Oriented...
We are not concerned with the end product - of an art project or activity. We know that it is the process that teaches the child, not the end product. In learning to read, we know children must go through many complex developmental stages before they will be physically ready to master and retain the skills that literacy demands.
We Believe Childhood is a Journey, Not a Race...
We know that earliest and fastest is not always best. We must take the time and honor the responsibility to encourage all sides of a child's development. It is through this patience, encouragement, and discovery that we will foster a lifetime of excellence in our children.
Pecan Ridge School is a school of discovery...
From our infants to our schoolers, our philosophy is the same - children learn how to live and how to be by the experiences they have and by the discoveries they make.
"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."
- ancient Chinese proverb
Excerpted from the preschool's website