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The Shelton School

15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248

(972) 774-1772


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

We use a combination of traditional and Montessori practices.

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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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.
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
Other subjects taught Computer, drama, and library

From the Director:

Teachers use a multi-sensory approach to teaching, which incorporates the best of traditional and Montessori educational strategies. We use The Oral Language Curriculum as a formal way of teaching oral language.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our program is an individualized developmental program, which allows for the perfect match of educational setting for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We offer a highly individualized program emphasizing the development of the whole child. We look at each child developmentally. We place emphasis on what the child can do rather than upon when the child was born. This philosophy allows the student to progress at their own rate of development.

A Typical Day

Students can arrive as early as 7:40 a.m. They use the time from 8:00 until 8:30 to get organized for the day. We begin with the calendar and the pledge, and at 8:30 begin a work cycle of Montessori learning activities. Activities are individually chosen by the students, and incorporate all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers are available to assist and offer direct teaching as needed. Students are pulled out for individual therapy during this time.

10:30 is outside play time.
11:30 is either drama, music, or library.
12:15 is lunch, followed by rest time.
1:30 is another work cycle of learning activities.
2:30-2:50 is a closing time to get organized for going home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

All teachers respond to phone messages and e-mails within 24 hours of receiving them. We hold regular conferences about each child's progress every trimester (12 weeks). We also conduct parent informational meetings. Parent visitation is welcome in classrooms. Our newsletter, Horizons, comes out three times a year. Our parent support group meets 8 times a year to give knowledge of curriculum and methods and is required for all new parents.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to begin talking to their child several weeks before school, to emphasize new friends and learning new things. Parents should always be positive and smile when talking about school. We encourage parents to leave the classroom quickly, if the child is upset.