Dallas Day School believes in the philosophy and recommended practices of both general and special early childhood education. Learning activities should facilitate optimum development: physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. An inclusive school environment is one in which all children, regardless of culture, socioeconomic status or disability can laugh and play together, grow together and learn together. An inclusive school fosters understanding, compassion and achievement of all children. Children learn best when the family and school work together to build self-confidence, skills and enjoyment. Dallas Day School seeks to develop partnerships with families so that all learning and growth is supported throughout the child's life. The mission of Dallas Day School is to utilize a written curriculum, imaginative as well as structured activities to help each child Achieve the Potential.
The day varies per classroom. Upon arrival, each child is warmly welcomed by the faculty. Children typically enjoy free play until the majority of their classmates arrive. Prior to structured activities, children receive breakfast or morning snack. Faculty follow posted lesson plans that might include free-expression activities such as finger-paining or drawing, letter-recognition activities or pre-reading skills. Physical activity is an integral part of our program. When weather permits, all children (even infants) go outside. Toddlers and older children enjoy a secured and developmentally appropriate playground. When weather does not permit outdoor activiites, children engage in physical activity inside in a multi-purpose room. Children need rest so a rest period is planned into each day's activity. A multitude of free-play and structured activities are scheduled each day but faculty has the ability to adjust the schedule so that changes can be made to accommodate the 'classroom personality'. Communication skills, gross and fine motor skills and self-help skills are woven in the lessons throughout the day.