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Park Cities Baptist Church Preschool

3933 Northwest Parkway
Dallas, TX 75225

(214) 860-1564


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Although children are given choices, Teachers plan an individualized curriculum to engage each child to learn at his/her potential. Activities planned in the classrooms reflect this indivudualized apporach.

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
  • Journals, puppets, chilren's names laminated, variety of paper, letter shapes, stamps
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Measuring and pouring, sorting and counting 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Graphing, documenting experiments
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CDs, tapes, song cards, scarves
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Playdough, materials for colleges and sculptures
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 also teach basic Christian concepts at level that is appropriate for 3 & 4 year olds and that they can understand.

From the Director:

The teacher-led instruction is through games and a playful environment that the child enjoys. Children are not forced to participate in any specific activity, but teachers work to engage children in productive play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teacher keeps a portfolio on each of the children assigned to her. This portfolio documents and tracks the child's developmental progress and assists the teacher in planning an individualized program for all the children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is our goal in preschool to provide a safe, happy, Christian learning environment for preschool-age children when they are at our church. We also strive to promote each child's spiritual, emotional, cognitive, physical and social development. Children will be learning foundational language and math concepts that will help prepare them for school.

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:10 Arrival and greeting
9:10 - 9:20 Circle time
9:20 - 10:20 Learning centers
10:20 - 10:35 Snack
10:35 - 11:00 Outside
11:00 - 11:45 Learning centers
11:45 - 12:00 Clean up and departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers keep portfolios on each child that parents are encouraged to review and give input. Communication also occures through phone calls, letters, newsletters, and face to face meetings. Parents are encourage to visit and/or volunteer at the school as well. Most of our children go into the Highland Park school district. Parents interested in other options can discuss these with the Director as well as the child's teachers.

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

A home visit is conducted by the child's teacher. We then have an open house for the child and parent to come and visit the classroom and the teacher. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about what will be happening. Parents are also encourage to keep the routine calm and unrushed when beginning school. Adjustments can be made in a child's schedule if he/she is having a difficult time separating.