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Bethany Lutheran Child Development Center

10101 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 348-9691


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn best when learning is fun. We keep our school small so that every teacher knows every child and so that children receive lots of individual attention. Although we follow a curriculum, we do not believe that one-size-fits-all, and tailor activities to the abilities of each child. We want our children's first learning experience to be positive and focus on helping develop a positive self-image, self confidence, and an awareness and concern for others. We help children learn to focus and develop critical thinking skills so that when they enter public school they are ready to learn.

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

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  • Puzzles
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
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 Beginning signing, Spanish and French phrases, music and movement, library

From the Director:

We believe in learning through discovery and try to serve as guides for children so that their successes are truly their own.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work with parents to provide the best possible outcomes for all students. Activities and crafts are modified to each child's level of ability to help children who are behind experience success and develop a willingness to take on greater challenges, as well as to provide challenges for students who are excelling so they do not become bored.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our child development center is a ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church dedicated to providing a caring, Christian environment in which children can learn and grow to their fullest potential.

A Typical Day

Free play, chapel, centers/snack, music and movement, outside, group time, lunch, rest/quiet games, outside, story time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We meet with parents at the beginning of the year to go through the parent handbook, which explains our philosophy, policies and procedures. This is also a good time to discuss goals, go over events that take place during the year and answer questions. Parents are welcome to visit the school anytime. We provide a monthly newsletter and calendar to make parents aware of upcoming events. In between newsletters, the director communicates with parents through e-mail. Parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the teacher or director anytime they have a concern.
Teachers post lesson plans for the week and send home weekly progress reports. If we have a concern about a child, we will meet with the parents and provide resource information if needed. We evaluate children at the beginning of the year and again in April. Evaluations are given to parents, and they can schedule meetings with the teacher if they have concerns. We also provide vision and hearing screening for preschool and pre-K children.

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
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Younger children always require and adjustment period when beginning school. They need time to learn that the parent will be back and that they are being left in a safe environment. The director or teaching assistant will hold the child and reassure them that everthing is okay and that the parent will be right back. If a child is having a particularly difficult time, we encourage the parent to talk about how exciting it is to learn new things and meet new people and to reassure the child that they will only be in school for a little while before the parent returns, explaining that the child will have so much fun, it will seem like they just got there when the parent returns to pick them up. We have found that the children who have the biggest separation problems are reflecting the feelings of the parents, so we spend a lot of time reassuring parents that they are doing the right thing and that we will take good care of their children. We will call them during the day to let them know how their children are doing, and take pictures and send them to the parents so they can see their child at school. We may also suggest that parents pick their children up before nap time for a few weeks to help ease the transition. When a child continues crying for an extended period of time, we will call the parent to pick up the child. Once the child learns that they have not been abandoned, they begin to discover a whole new world.