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Armadillos to Zebras

1200 W. Spring Valley Road
Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 231-6998

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
  • 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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  • 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 Spanish and English are both taught

From the Director:

SMU developed a new cirriculum called " Leaps and Bounds". We have been using this meathod of teaching. This has accelrated the learning and increased test scores of the children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Students are in a structured enviornment.
The " Leaps and Bounds" program creates a learning excitement by letting the children have hands on experiences and relating them to the curriculum.

A Typical Day

Each classroom is different based upon the age appropriate learning requirements.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Weekly reports are given to the parents from the teachers to enable the parents to enhance learning experiences in the school. Parent envolvment is encouraged.


Separation is Handled through:

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