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Arapaho United Methodist Day School

1400 W. Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 231-1005


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children learn through play, but the activities and materials are chosen by the teacher based on age-appropriateness and relevance to the unit of study.

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
  • Sorting, classifying 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Parachutes, hoops, balls
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 All of the above categories are integrated into the overall curriculum and are presented to the children both through teacher-led instruction and child-led, hands-on center activities.

From the Director:

The teachers plan their year with great detail so they have a lesson plan for each unit covered. Within the structure of their plans, the main focus is hands-on learning for the children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are grouped by age, but our classes are small enough that the teachers are able to allow the children to progress at their own rate and to offer additional assistance or enrichment when needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of Arapaho Methodist Church Day School is to provide an oppportunity for children to work and play in a Christian atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on age-appropriate creative and pre-academic activities which will enable each child to develop physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.

A Typical Day

A typical morning (8:45 - 11:45) includes learning centers with individual and small group activities, circle time, art activities, snack, music class, large muscle play and playground time. We offer an optional extended day for which the children bring their own lunch and enjoy a less structured "stay and play" until 2:00. The afternoon includes lunch, outside and inside play, a short video or movie and an occasional special program.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are invited to a Parent Orientation prior to the beginning of each school year. In addition, they may bring their children for a school visit the week before classes begin. During the year, parents or teachers may initiate conferences as needed, but we have regularly scheduled conferences in November and April. We issue a monthly newsletter and include a special parent page with tips and activity suggestions. We also have a parents' library from which parents may borrow books on parenting issues, development, discipline, etc.

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
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

The August school visits are very beneficial in helping the children have a smooth beginning to their school year. Parents are encouraged to be very positive about the experience and to deliver their children to their classrooms and make a loving departure. The director will help as needed if a child is having a difficult time separating. Parents may stay in the building as along as they feel the need, but are encouraged to let the teacher bond with the child and to help them with the transition into the class.