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First Steps Academy & Day Care

2842 Storey Lane
Dallas, TX 75220

Phone:
(214) 350-8145

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our children are taught using the 'Preschool Curriculum Year Round Activities' by Coletta and Coletta. We also use the Addison- Wesley 'Activity Learning Series' by Cryer, Harms, and Bourland. Children learn in circle time and in center activities.

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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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • CD player
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 computer time for the children.

From the Director:

Our children are taught using the 'Preschool Curriculum Year Round Activities' by Coletta and Coletta. We also use the Addison- Wesley 'Activity Learning Series' by Cryer, Harms, and Bourland. Children learn in circle time and in center activities. We strive to provide the appropriate stimulating environment where the children are happy to learn.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

With a small teacher to student ratio, we are able to work in small groups with these children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to provide a quality childcare at very affordable prices. We are committed to providing the children the place and time to learn and express themselves through play. We provide children an environment to promote positive self-growth and development regardless of race, color, or religion.

A Typical Day

Students can arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. Children play in the playroom, until 8:00 a.m., to give all children a chance to arrive. Children have breakfast in their classroom at 8:30 a.m. Group circle time is at 9:00 a.m. Free time is at 10:00 a.m., and center activities are at 10:30 a.m. Outside play time is at 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. is circle time. 12:00 p.m. is lunch, and 12:30 p.m. is quiet rest time. 2:45 p.m. is snack, which is followed by outside play time and free play in the classroom. Parents should pick up by 6:30 p.m., unless special arrangements have been made.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Notes between teachers and parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Special Meetings
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a small teacher to student ratio, which helps children adjust.