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Baby Steps Early Learning Center

1140 Peavy Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218

Phone:
(214) 328-4242

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We always keep in mind each child's individual development.

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
  • Letter Writing Center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sand and Water Table both indoors and out. A lot of measuring and pouring utentils.
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • We having a Gardening Center on our playground and a Science Center inside the school.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Weekly music classes.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • The children have access to a large variety of art materials.
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
  • 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 Our enrichment classes include cooking and gardening.Both of these are my favorites! I love watching children learn through all of our hands on activities. Whether it's using a rolling pin to make biscuits, or digging in the dirt, this sensory approach to learning is the best! We now offer computer center and art classes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The staff at Baby Steps understand the stages of development and work with each child on their own level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our objective is to provide quality care in a loving environment where children are growing and learning through diverse, age-appropriate activities. Our sensory approach to learning has proven to be fun, stimulating, and effective.

A Typical Day

Baby Steps offers extended care in the mornings and afternooons. Our preschool classes begin at 9a.m. Each classroom uses a CIRCLE TIME puppet that the children really love! It helps motivate the children to sing, dance, and interact with their friends. After CIRCLE TIME the children choose the learning center that they would like to participate in. The lead teacher usually works one-on-one with each child and their special activity for the day. The assistant teacher assists the children in the learning centers. The children cook at least once a week. The cooking activity is centered around the week's curriculum. We have a nutritious morning snack followed by outdoor playtime. Before lunch the children choose activities in the book center or science center. Lunch begins at 11a.m. and naptime is from 11:45 to 1:15. Music classes are on Wednesday afternoons at 1:45p.m.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication occurs daily and monthly. One of the benefits of having a small school is that the staff has time daily to speak to parents. I send home a letter at the beginning of each month informing parents of our curriculum for the month, special activities, birthdays, etc. I also subscribe to the Parent/Child magazine which I send home with each child several times a year.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We consider each child's individual needs.