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Fair Oaks Day School

7825 Fair Oaks Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231

(214) 340-1121


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

We have a Montessori preschool program and a separate traditional preschool program.

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
  • 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
Other subjects taught Musikgarten, Spanish, and computers are also taught. We are very hands-on. Our Montessori work stations provide an individualized education for each child.

From the Director:

Our program is very hands-on.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our preschool rooms spend a lot of time in work centers, where teachers can work one-on-one with children who are behind or excelling.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Respect for children as individuals is the basis of our philosophy. We believe in nurturing each child's individual spirit and assisting them in building within themselves an excellence in all areas of their lives. In this caring, supportive community, we remain committed to forming a partnership between parents and teachers to offer a loving, exciting, and productive early childhood learning environment. We try to provide every opportunity for each child to find their individual strengths and to build an internal sense of self-confidence. In caring and educational environments, we foster the child's natural curiosity and love of learning. A sincere desire to provide quality education in the community is our greatest desire.

A Typical Day

Our traditional program is center based, with strong language and math centers. In the centers children work on fine motor skills through tracing activities, art projects, and curriculum worksheets that assist with following directions and furthering work done in centers. Our traditional program follows detailed weekly lesson plans that are posted for parents each week.

Our Montessori program uses specially designed learning materials that the children manipulate in the learning process. These materials help the child develop hand and eye coordination, concentration, and early reading, writing, and math skills. The teachers work with the children independently rather than in groups, so children are able to work at their own pace. The child is introduced to new concepts as they are ready.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a newsletter, Parent's Group, yearly calendar which is published in advance, and a Parent's Board.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school