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Stringfellow School

420 S. Heartz Road
Coppell, TX 75019

Phone:
(972) 393-0698

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

All of our 3-5 year old teachers are certified teachers, therefore, we teach through the most current and developmentally appropriate practices. We want to establish a love for learning and being at school. The learning will then naturally happen.

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
  • Literacy skills are taught throughout the day in all areas of learning.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math skills are taught based on "Math Their Way."
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
  • We have a Science Discovery teacher on staff who has over 20 years teaching experience. She teaches the children through hands on lessons and experiments.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Our preschool students perform in 3 programs throughout the year. Holiday Worship, Spring Program and Stringfellow Sunday.
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
  • Working Garden and teacher who leads and guides.
Other subjects taught Science Discovery, Outdoor learning and Chapel are also play-based with some structure.

From the Director:

In all classrooms, we structure learning around Circle time, Centers, Free Play, Art, and music. The length of each activity is determined by the age of the child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are paired with Coppell ISD Special Education Department for training and support. Again, our preschool teachers are certified and have worked with many children with different learning styles. We value and recognize each child's strengths and strive to teach them strategies to overcome their weaknesses all through God's love.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Stringfellow School is a developmental preschool; where we plan and teach through developmentally appropriate practices for each age level. We strongly believe that a child learns through play.

Mission Statement:
To provide excellence in early childhood education in a Christian environment, enabling the child to love himself/herself and others and to experience God's love.

A Typical Day

Children's Day Out Day:
The day starts with a transition activity. Then they read a story, have snack, interactive stories/songs/fingerplays, go to the playground, go to Music class, create a theme related craft, eat lunch and rest. We end the day with a story and learning to put away their own things. Each month a new Bible Verse in introduced.

Preschool Day:
They start their day with a transition activity or journal writing depending on the class age level. Circle Time: Theme related Letter recognition; sounds; numbers; graphing; assigned job responsibility for the day; interactive stories and songs.
Enrichment Classes:Movement (preschool PE); Music (2 preschool programs per year performed); Chapel (weekly Bible Verse introduced); Science Discovery (Hands on Experiments) and Outdoor Learning (working garden)
Playground Time
Center Time
Lunch
Rest
More Playground Time
End of the Day Activity

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are paired with Coppell ISD Special Education Department for training and support. Again, our preschool teachers are certified and have worked with many children with different learning styles. We value and recognize each child's strengths and strive to teach them strategies to overcome their weaknesses all through God's love.

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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have "Meet the Teacher" before the first day of school. This is where the parents and children come and visit with the teachers and familiarize themselves with the classroom. We also have aides available the first week of school to assist with preschool separation. Our 4 and 5 year old teachers also schedule home visits before school starts.