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Socorro Gonzales Head Start

2525 Lucas Drive
Dallas, TX 75219

Phone:
(214) 443-4230

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Classrooms are organized to alow both free choice and teacher guided learning opportunities.

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 for free writing, computer, puppets
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • multiple choices of munipulatives, plant growth and other observation skills addressed, tools like rulers
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Planning boards for center choices aloow for review of what children did during the play time
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
  • Collections, tools for observations, charts, experiments
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • tape/CD players; large selection of music for children to choose from; ribbons, scarfs, and other props for music interaction
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • playdough and clay; areas outdoors for art; books; art examples; wood pieces and stryofoam & wood pieces for building 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
  • Indoor spaces are a challenge for rainiy days but centers often have creative uses for the halls
Other subjects taught Each classroom has a computer for the children use as technology is improtant for the children to explore

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

HEAD START provides individualization of skill development in the classrooms based on a developmentally appropriate on-going assessment. Weekly skill development for each child is indicated on the class lesson plan.
IEP's are developed with the Special Service Specialist assigned to the center for children with special needs.
Teachers look for opportunities to work with individual children or small groups rather than large groups.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Children follow a predicatble schedule each day which includes free play; breackfast, lunch and afternoon snack; planned activities which focus on developmental skills; group activites including reading of books, singing, following directions, and dictation by children; free choice activites which include science discovery and interaction, math manipulation, block building, easle paiongting & creative use of art materials, Library, computer, and writing centers; outdoor play twice each day with organized games and free play included; in house visitors and filed trips planned frequently.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers are available to parents at any time requested. Home Visits and Parent Conferences are conducted twice each school year with the children. Folders are sent to the elementary school the child attends after HEAD START providing continuity for the next year.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

All children have a three day transition into the classroom.
Day 1 the parent remains in the classroom for a 4 hour visit including breakfast and lunch.
Day 2 the parent attends a meeting with family advocates and education then returns to the classroom
Day 3 the child is dropped off for a full day, if needed the parent will pick up early to assist in a smooth transition
Parents are welcome in the classroom at any time on any day!