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Skillman Child Development Center

3014 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 823-8745


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Curriculum includes all academic readiness activities necessary to encourage children to continue to expand his knowledge of the world, explore safely, and delight in the beauty and wonder of God's creation. We also encourage self-expression and tolerance. Skillman CDC annually requests from private and public teachers specific Kindergarten readiness skills needed from Pre-K children as well as feedback from our parents, to ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of our graduates. Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice a year.

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
  • Older classes have science centers and science demonstrations
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music movement, musicals
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 Skillman CDC offers Spanish with instruction, games and music. Chapel - overview of Bible stories with songs, puppets, games, visual aids and monthly memory verse. Technology lab (keyboarding skills) is offered to Pre-K classes weekly.

From the Director:

Seasonal curriculum created and revised yearly by our staff. The Varsity (5-day Pre-K) and Junior Varsity (3-day Pre-K) programs include seasonal and readiness activities to prepare our students for their Kinder year. Drama - special presentations by Pre-K classes as well. Handwriting w/o Tears offered to 4's and 5's.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Classes average 10-12 children, and teachers make time for one-on-one activities. They will adapt some activities for gifted or delayed children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Skillman Child Development Center strives to provide young children opportunities to grow and develop physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually and to develop their senses of self-worth and identity.

We believe that the Lord is the center of our lives, and include Christian nurture and prayer in our curriculum. Because we believe that God created all people, we enjoy units on different cultures and welcome children of any race, color, religion, or national origin.

A Typical Day

Arrival at 9:00 a.m.
Free play in centers.
Specials (chapel, music, Spanish) as scheduled.
Handwriting w/o Tears for 4's and Pre-K.
Technology lab for Pre-K
Themed-circle time.
Age-appropriate art activity.
Outside play time (approximately 30-45 minutes).
Snack mid-morning; lunch around noon.
Afternoon activities.
Carpool pick-up at 2:00 p.m.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly and weekly newsletters from director and teachers.

4's and 5's have fall and spring parent/teacher conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Open house prior to start of school wit parents and teachers. Once school begins, we advise parents to drop off and leave. We call with updates to parents, and ask that parents allow 2-3 weeks for adjustments.