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Ridgewood Park Preschool & Mother's Day Out

6445 E. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75214

(214) 369-9250


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teachers set up their rooms to encourage learning through play, but also watch for areas in which they can help facilitate the learning. There are also opportunities for big group time, small group time, and sometimes individual time to learn.

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
  • 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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Drama is part of the 4 year old curriculum. The drama teacher comes in to the class and does play acting, puppet shows, etc. Creative Movement is part of the 2-4 year-olds curriculum.

From the Director:

Even though most of the above areas are marked 'Free play with some structure', there are times in different areas that the teacher does direct instruction. It depends on what goal or concept is being introduced or taught. However, we feel that children do learn best by taking this instruction and applying it in their own way -- through play in the centers that are set up for their success. Regaring 'Physical activity and movement', teachers occasionally set up courses for the kids to do, i.e. an obstacle course using a variety of activities/items.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our developmental approach means that each child is challenged at their own level. If a child is determined to be "behind", we meet with the parents to discuss our recommnedations, to make sure that we are approaching this as a team. If a child is excelling, we will give them more challenging opportunities, and make sure they aren't behind in other areas, which are sometimes masked by being "advanced" in other areas. If a child is "different", we insist that they are treated with respect by the other children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We realize that preschool sets the tone and attitude for your child's school career. Therefore, we provide developmentally appropriate opportunities that will lead to a successful learning experience. We feel if a child is exposed to concepts and encouraged to assimilate these concepts into their day through play and activities then they will be equipped with the skills they will need for kindergarten.

A Typical Day

Your child will be welcomed to school everyday by the Director and a helper at carpool (or your teacher if the child is walked in). Each teacher sets up their daily schedule which includes: circle time, center time, individual project time, restroom break, music, snack and clean up, and outside/gym time. The children are very engaged all day in learning through play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In addition to a home visit before school starts, there is an opportunity in February for parents and teachers to talk about the child. If a parent needs to talk with a teacher regarding their child, the teachers are always accessible through a conference or a phone call. Our teachers are here to help you in any way they can. In October, parents are invited to an open house. At that time, parents can tour the school and classrooms and see what their child has been learning.Ridgewood will be glad to help parents if they ask for our input on kidergartens.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every child in preschool will receive a home visit from their teacher. This gives the child an opportunity to meet their teacher in an environment that is familiar to them. The child also sees their parent talking with the teacher, which helps them accept a new person. Then, after the teacher leaves, the parent can talk about what will happen when they go to school and see the teacher again.