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The Learning Tree School

9100 Diceman Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 320-9690

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Games
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Games
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
  • A butterfly garden is in progress
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Young Audiences performers, instruments from different cultures
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art show
Physical activity more

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  • 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
  • A new playground is in progress
Other subjects taught Spanish once per week, music twice per week, Stretch and Grow once per week.

From the Director:

The main focus of our program is studying other cultures through art, music, and folktales. Approximately 7 different cultures are studied throughout the year. In addition, the children act out folktales and perform a dramatic play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Students receive very individualized instruction.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of The Learning Tree is simple: Learning is effective when each child works on his success level in an atmosphere which encourages learning without the pressures that can lead to frustration.

"With the great individual differences in children two to six years of age, provisions for diversity are imperative and can be achieved most effectively by utilizing an open classrom environment. This means that many levels of learning are happening at the same time, the teachers' plans can be flexible to capitalize on the children's interests and questions, and the atmosphere is informal, with activity occurring in all or most of the Learning Centers. These centers are supplied with equipment and materials which have inherent learning possibilities. There is a minimum of appropriate rules if necessary to set boundaries for the activities and behavior of the children.

"The important factors in The Learning Tree's concept of informal learning are individualization, independent learning, and the arrangement of the environment into Learning Centers. To be effective, this concept must be supported by the parents' and teachers' understanding of the developmental processes of young children."

-- Excerpted from school literature

A Typical Day

The daily schedule is determined by the teacher and the age of the class. A typical day includes the following:
-Together time
-Art project
-Story time
-Outside play
-Enrichment activities
-Snack time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

-There is an orientation before school starts including meeting the teacher
-Monthly parent meetings
-School newsletter
-November & February parent-teacher conferences
-Teachers are very accessible via phone and e-mail

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers have in-home visits with new students prior to the school year. There is extra help in the classrooms at the beginning of the year. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom to help a child get settled.