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Greenland Hills Preschool

5835 Penrose Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

Phone:
(214) 826-2060

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Small school with diverse curriculum.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We have a prepared environment for each age level based on weekly theme units. The children have free play within the centered-based areas such as dramatic play, blocks, science, art, language arts, etc. Teachers also do special small group art and science projects throughout the day and students 3 years and up work on handwriting and sight words.

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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Spanish, Kindermusik & Stretch-N-Grow are offered weekly. Students participate in Chapel twice a month. Optional enrichment classes such as Dance, Karate & Basketball are also offered each week.

From the Director:

It is our philosophy that young children learn best through play-based activities. Learning centers are a vital part of our curriculum and allow our young students to explore and experience the joy of learning new skills and build self-esteem. It is not the end product that is key, rather the process of learning itself. We value the uniqueness of your child. Teachers design their classroom curriculum based not only on common school wide themes but more importantly on the developmental stages of the students in their classroom.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Small student teacher ratios allow teachers to spend one on one time with students or work with smaller groups to meet every child's learning needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide a safe, nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment where children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and spiritually while exploring our diverse world through learning centers, fine arts, and creative learning opportunities.

A Typical Day

Children begin the morning with Circle Time together. They participate in learning centers throughout the day where they begin to build math, creative play, science, fine motor, spatial and literacy skills. Handwriting is also part of the PreK I & PreK II curriculum. In addition, students participate in art, outdoor learning, story time, and weekly "specials" like music and fitness are offered.

Parents are asked to pack healthy lunches for their child each day. Lunch and quiet times are built into the daily schedule as well.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Music materials are sent monthly with activities to do with your student. E-news updates to families are sent out regularly as well as tips and updates sent home in students' take home files. Teachers regularly email parents from their classes with specific classroom based updates and progress reports.

Teachers are available for scheduled conferences at any time as well as having parent/teacher conferences each semester.

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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teaching assistants are available to help students adjust to their new space and schedule and assure them that parents will be back to get them at the end of the day.