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Teddy Bear Junction

5333 Independence Parkway
Plano, TX 75023

(972) 867-7216


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"Teddy Bear Junction is a ministry of the Reformed Church in Plano which provides children with developmentally appropriate opportunities for physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth.

We are a peanut free school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We provide children with a balance of center time and teacher instruction as children learn best through play and through guidance, instruction, and interaction from teachers.

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 Music and Kidokinetics Enrichment Classes. Computer education and spanish within classroom curriculum.

From the Director:

Teddy Bear Junction provides a safe, happy, and nurturing setting in which children can form a positive self image, develop social skills, and experience independence while creating and learning in a center based environment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our team teaching approach, as well as a low child to teacher ratio, provides TBJ preschool children with an optimum learning environment. Our teachers work with each child to meet their individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Teddy Bear Junction is a ministry of the Reformed Church in Plano which provides children with developmentally appropriate opportunities for physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. Our mission is to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment in which preschool children can develop social skills, experience independence in a safe setting, and form a positive self-image by experimenting, creating, communicating and learning in a peanut free environment.

A Typical Day

Arrival Activities
Circle Time
Centers and Small Group Activities
Music, Kidokinetics, Spanish, Computer Education
Centers and Small Group Activities
Dismissal Circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school embraces the fact that children learn best when parents and teachers are partners in the educational process. We communicate with parents in a variety of ways. Teachers provide daily notes and weekly letters to parents of children in the toddler/2year old program. Parents of children in the 3's - PreK class receive weekly letters. Monthly activity calendars and newsletters are provided to parents of all children. Student progress reports are completed for all children. Conference Days are scheduled for parents of 4's and Pre K children. A picnic in September, Donut Days, Christmas Program and Receptions and a Spring Art Show and Open House are hosted to foster family involvement. Parents are also welcome as Computer Helpers, Book Buddies and to assist with Cultural enrichment activities.

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child experiences separation anxiety, teachers will work with the child to help him/her feel more comfortable by comforting him/her and then placing the child nearby and remaining attentive. This allows the child to interact on his/her own terms.