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First Presbyterian Church Day School

1000 Penn Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 335-1231


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Because children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach, our children are offered a variety of activities to help them explore, discover, and experiment. Our program is process oriented rather than product oriented, and therefore, is an active, noisy environment.

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
  • journaling, letter names and sounds
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • learning center activities involving predicting, graphing, sequencing, patterning, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • science learning centers for weighing, measuring, observing
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • movement, rhythm, music style recognition
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
  • gross motor activities throughout year culminating in spring field days
Other subjects taught Social skills Emotional skills

From the Director:

Our teachers plan for daily experiences using their knowledge of child development to identify the range of appropriate activities, behaviors and materials for each specific class. We work to broaden experiences, foster curiosity and creativity, develop abilities to cope with new situations, solve problems, and cultivate a desire to learn.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Developmental assessments and ongoing observations allow teachers to tailor their lesson plans to their childrens' needs. Learning centers allow for different abilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of the First Presbyterian Church Day School is to offer a developmentally appropriate educational experience for toddlers and early childhood aged children in a weekday church school setting. Learning activities will be provided in a nurturing Christian atmosphere that encourages the spiritual, physical, mental, social and emotional development of the child.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are invited to share their goals for their children when school starts. Parent/teachers conferences share assessments info and observations. Monthly newsletters from teachers includes developmental activities for home. Periodic information sheets sent home with parenting info or ideas for parents. Open house at the beginning of the school.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

In the enrollment packet, we include a sheet with suggestions for preparing your child for school. We encourage new families to begin the process by leaving their children in our drop-in childcare service during the summer for very short periods of time. Before school starts, we have a Get Acquainted Day, where the children come for only 45 minutes to meet their new friends and teachers and get used to their room.