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The Good Earth Farm School

10820 East Crystal Falls Parkway
Leander, TX 78641

Phone:
(512) 259-3922

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The mission of The Good Earth Day School is to provide a high-quality early childhood education to children ages three months to 5 years of age in a home-like setting. Activities now absent from most urban children’s lives will be a key part of the curriculum, including: cooking, gardening, outdoor exploration, sewing, woodworking, caring for animals, and housekeeping. Woven into these experiences will be lessons that will well-prepare children to enter public or private school as kindergarteners. The Good Earth Day School attempts to educate the whole child, touching the child’s heart and will besides his/her intellect.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Waldorf

From the Director:

Having worked with children as both a teacher and administrator in early childhood education at a Montessori-inspired school, two non-profit schools, a corporate-owned school, and finally a large family-owned preschool, I came away with a strong belief that what children (including my own) really need is a place to experience nature and to participate in school "family" life. The environment must be one where the school rhythm and people are familiar and predictable to the young children it serves. This recognition was supported by what I witnessed during my eldest daughter's year spent at the Richmond Waldorf School.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on