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Kidding Around

11307 Jupiter Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218

Phone:
(214) 484-8705

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Because children develop at different paces we do not move them from one class to the next according to their birthday or a certain time of year, but rather when they are developmentally ready.

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
  • Language-based manipulatives and games.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math-based manipulatives and games.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Dance
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Kid-sized treadmill and exercise bike
Other subjects taught Dance, yoga, music and computer. We are in the process of developing a gymnastics class.

From the Director:

Teachers work with children both in a group setting and one-on-one to provide guidance through a curriculum that focuses on the abstract as well as the concrete.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because teachers work with children in both a group setting and one-on-one, they are able to assess each child's needs, what the child's strengths are and what lessons the child could most benefit from. This ensures that each child who graduates from Kidding Around will be ready for Kindergarten.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide an enriching environment where children can develop at their own pace with inspiration and guidance from loving and nurturing teachers. Opportunities for growth in creativity, socialization and cognitive skills are encouraged through a variety of activities.

A Typical Day

Classes begin with an interactive circle time where children work on calendars, weather, alphabet, rhyming words, shapes, colors, numbers, stories, Spanish and sign language. Then we enjoy outside time on our large and privately enclosed playgrounds. Each day we have a "special" which is one of the following; arts & crafts, cooking, gardening, recycling projects and show & share. Before lunch, which is catered by Jason's Deli, we play group games. After lunch it is back to the playground and then naps from 12:30-2:30. After nap the children have snack and more outside time and then they have their choice of classroom centers until they are picked up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Reports are sent home daily and a newsletter goes out at the beginning of each month. Both directors are always available and communication between parents and teachers is highly encouraged.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child is having seperation anxiety the staff offers that child extra time to adjust by either sitting with the child alone and rocking , engaging the child in play, allowing the child to cuddle with a "lovie" or all of the above!