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Yorkshire Academy

14120 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Phone:
(281) 531-6088

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our preschool program will provide multi-sensory learning experiences through a loving, fun, and secure atmosphere to develop each child's self-esteem and social skills.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • sorting and many other math based manipulatives
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
  • listening stations
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:

The program for three-year-olds uses a multi-sensory approach to education in conjunction with Saxon's Early Learning Curriculum. Developmental experiences stimulate auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning. Units of study are theme-based and encourage both the child's natural curiosity and ability. The Brigance Diagnostic Inventory of Early Development is the framework in which social skills, speech and language, readiness skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-help, and creative skills are taught. Skills developed include:

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Preschool is a time for young children to make discoveries in their own way, when they are ready. We offer the opportunites for them to make these discoveries.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Yorkshire Academy is a welcoming, joyful school built and supported by students, teachers, and parents working together in a spirit of mutual trust and respect. We believe that responsibility, collaboration, and intellectual curiosity develop when students are known by their teachers and classmates and feel appreciated for what they do best.

A Typical Day

Students are greeted, and encouraged to hang their bag up, and put their lunches/snacks away. Centers are available for students to begin their discovery immediately. When all students have arrived, the teacher leads the main activity of the day, and the students begin their exploration. An extracurrilucar class offered by specialized instructors is offered each day, such as Music and Movement, Library, or Art. The students play on the playground daily. Special days may include a visitor from the zoo or Mother Goose, or entertaining their parents with a musical performance.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are offered 3 parent/teacher conferences each year (and can request additional), two Open Houses, Orientation, Parent Education Seminars quarterly, school newsletter, and emails.We suggest our students move on to our Pre-K program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Initially, parents are encouraged to stay to make the child feel secure, but needs to shorten that time each day, until the seperation is merely a quick kiss goodbye.