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The Open Door Preschool

4105 Junius Street
Dallas, TX 75246

(214) 824-2534


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught ESL (English as a Second Language) TEEM (Texas Early Education Model) LEAP (Language Enrichment Activities Program)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of the Open Door Preschool is to provide a nurturing developmentally appropriate preschool for children in East Dallas for whom English is not the primary language.

The vision of Open Door Preschool is to be a vital inner-city resource that creates a community of inspired learners.

A Typical Day

Circle time/Story Time
Free Play
Group Activities (math, writing, art)
Free Play with some teacher-based activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Twice a year we have a open house, as well as a parents' meeting once a month. Parents are encouraged to speak with the director or the teachers at any time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents and children are encouraged to visit the school. Children are eased into the schedule at the beginning of the year.