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Bethel Early Learning Center

11211 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238

Phone:
(214) 348-8375

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn best through free play, but that some structure is helpful. We provide structure through targeted teacher encouragement, play stations, etc. There is a formal structure to our curriculum, but children move through it at their own pace, receiving guidance when needed.

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
  • Music CD's, Environmental print objects, labeled items, variety of bulletin boards and wall charts,posters, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives for counting, sorting, weighing, matching, games for number recognition, charts, etc.
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
  • Sensory tubs magnets, color paddles, magnifying glasses, bug boxes,telescopes
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Variety of music CD's playing all the time, songs being taught to sing and songs to move to
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Huge variety of creative art supplies and playdough
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
  • Big blocks in the gym, scooters, parachutes
Other subjects taught Because we are church-based preschool, we do have a Bible curriculum that is integrated with our age-appropriate thematic units. We have daily Bible times teaching the weekly story in a variety of ways using a variety of props such as puppets, story boards and books. We reinforce our Christian values through Bible-based songs and prayers.

From the Director:

We believe in children learning through play first and foremost. However, the teacher plays an important and intregal role in every classroom. The teacher sets the 'stage' for learning through play by introducing the theme, related props and learning materials. Most activities are introduced/taught by the lead teacher then overseen by the teacher and assistants.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We believe each child is a special and, as early childhood educators, know that each child develops at his or her own pace. We have found that our approach and curriculum works well with children at all developmental levels. We have the flexibility to simplify activities if needed or make them a bit more challenging for the advanced students.We desire strong parent/ teacher communication with any out-of-the-ordinary situations so that each child's needs can be met in the classroom. We believe in fostering a strong, positve self-concept for all.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Center's purpose is to provide a high quality early childhood program and extended childcare services within a warm loving Christian environment. We strive to promote the overall development by providing them with a happy and healthful schedule of activities. One of our goals is to create an environment in which your child will thrive and give you, the parent, peace of mind. Most of all, we endeavor to be partners with you in the care of your child

A Typical Day

Infants, of course, are on their own schedule and are dropped off and picked up in their classroom. Toddlers are also dropped off and picked up in their classroom. Toddlers have play time, art, stories and music at various times. Toddlers eat morning snack at 9:00, gym or outside time 9-9:30, lunch at 11:30 and nap from 12-2:30 approximately and afternoon snack following nap.

Our basic preschool schedule is as follows:
7-9 am Greeting and gathering in the gym as parents drop off
9:00 Classroom time begins/circle time/Bible time
9-10 Centers/learning activities/chapel on Wednesdays
10:15 Prayer and snack
10:30-11:00 Gym/playground (large motor), optional dance classes on Wednesdays, Kinder Fit Program on Thursdays
11-11:45 More classroom/centers/story time/music
11:45 Restroom
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Short recess
1-3 Nap time
3:00 Restroom
3:10 Snack
3:30 Classroom time/ manipulatives/games/ reading/free play
4:00 Cont. classroom time/optional dance class
4:30-6 Gym or playground as parents pick up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have daily and/or weekly communication between the parents and teacher and/or director on basic progress and information. We have an annual open house and schedule parent/teacher meetings as needed. We provide information about schools and assist parents if requested. We try to notify the parents of local 'Kindergarten Roundups' when possible.

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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We request that new students come for one or more visits/playtimes with a parent to help everyone get adjusted and become more familiar and comfortable with their new environment. We prefer the teachers and child to get acquainted and bond a little in advance. We offer for the child to have a short visit without the parent, as well, to help with separation.