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Community School of Park Cities

3412 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Phone:
(214) 521-5514

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

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
  • 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
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 We offer a sports program as well as dance and fitness classes.

From the Director:

The Community School offers a play based curriculum and encourages learning through play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We offer a mix of teacher led and child initiated activities. Teachers assess children two times per year and plan activities to meet the needs of individual children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children learn most through exploration of their environment. A multi-sensory environment rich in sights, sounds and textures, both soothing and stimulating, nurtures a child�s creativity and sense of self worth." -- Excerpted from school website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each parent receives a report card, filled out by the teachers, explaining your child's day. Our teachers are taught to communicate with the parents during drop off and pick up times. We believe it is very important for the parents, teachers and directors to be on the same page to maintain consistency for the child. Parent teacher meetings are offered periodically to discuss the child's learning progress.

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:

  • 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

Before a child starts, we encourage the parent to come and visit a few times with their child. This helps to ease the separation process and allows the child to see that their parent is comfortable in this environment.