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The Children's Center

1423 San Saba Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 823-2119


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

While these young children are in this environment they are learning all the time. Each moment is a teaching opportunity. We believe the child learns best through play. The youngest are learning mostly social skills and developing a love of learning and school. As they get older readiness skills are more developed although social learning is ongoing. Art is a special concentration in our program and is incorporated on a daily basis.

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
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
  • 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 Our Body Rhythmics program is a movement program, incorporating gross motor, sensory integration, and visual and auditory perception skills.

From the Director:

While the child is playing in centers, many developmental aspects are occurring. The teacher notices development of social skills as well as readiness skills in blocks, home living, art and manipulatives. In turn, she can redirect as needed making sure the child experiences many activities and a variety of play partners. Body Rhythmics is a unique movement program incorporating gross motor, sensory integration and perceptual skills. Creativity is also a part of this program. The skills developed in Body Rhythmics directly relate to the skills needed for reading and computation. Music incorporates children's songs, rhythm instruments and Orff instruments. The music teacher conducts weekly Sing Song where the entire school comes to sing together .

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child comes to the teacher with unique strengths and personalities. Our classrooms are small which allow for individualized attention. Each child's development occurs at its own pace and the teachers allow for this by teaching to strengths and developing other skills. Positive reinforcement of any accomplishment allows the child to develop a sense of confidence and success.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to create a happy, loving environment for children, where they can experience our world and be motivated by the joy of learning. We are concerned with the "total child", developing emotional, physical, social, creative and intellectual growth. We stress creative art and believe the joy of being creative, not the end product, is what matters most.

A Typical Day

The child is greeted by staff and taken to the room where the teacher is waiting. They will play in centers, have a circle time and a story. The child "works" in centers of blocks, housekeeping, small manipulatives and art. They are in Body Rhythmics and/or Music for 20 minutes. They have snacks and 30 minutes of playground time. The 5-day children go to Computer class 20 minutes per week. Carpool begins at 11:45.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Children's Center Open House is in November. We have a monthly newsletter informing on school news as well as class news and activities. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents to become involved with other parents and children as well as staff members. Our parent sponsors participate in orientation and create a link between school and parents. We have school-wide e-mails throughout the year. Each class has a parent information meeting within the first two months of school. Progress phone calls are made shortly after this meeting. Many teachers communicate through e-mail, child carried notes and phone calls. Formal conferences are in February. Parents may log on to our website and find information at any time. Parents may call for a conference any time they wish.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We communicate often with parents and advise parents on techniques to use at home. Before school starts, the teacher makes a "home visit" to help the child feel comfortable with her. The first few days of school the parent may walk the child to the classroom. Eventually the use of the carpool line is helpful. One of our staff members or a parent volunteer is at the car door to accompany the child into the building where other staff members direct the child to the room. The child gains a sense of independence and an ease of transition. Teachers and staff are available with helpful ideas the parent can use at home to help with separation.