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The Weekday School of Lovers Lane UMC

9200 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75220

Phone:
(214) 706-9568

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Teachers model love and respect for all children in a nurturing environment, believing each child to be gifted in his/her own way. Teachers and curriculum invite a 'whole child' approach to education by implementing various instructional strategies to stimulate intellectual, emotional, physical, social and religious growth." -- Excerpted from www.theweekdayschool.org

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
  • 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our classes are a combination of teacher instruction and learning on their own through centers. Teachers are constantly engaging children in conversations and redirecting and encouraging new ways to do thigs and approach activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classes have very manageable teacher/student ratios to allow teachers to individualize for each student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"It shall be the mission of The Weekday School of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church to provide an educational environment in which the Christian Faith will be reflected; intellectual growth of students will be nurtured in order for them to reach their academic potential; creative thinking processes will be developed; good character and citizenship will be taught. The school will strive to be inclusive, to embody a diverse population and to be affordable." -- Excerpted from www.theweekdayschool.org

A Typical Day

"Classrooms are set up in centers offering science, art, family living, blocks, music, books and readiness activities. The children have large muscle activities on our playground or in our playroom and weekly they have music and motor skills with special teachers." -- Excerpted from www.theweekdayschool.org

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We do all of the above.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year