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Graham Cracker Express Preschool

400 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 235-2325


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Children learn best through play. So our students play throughout most of the day. We have a wonderful curriculum which enable us to guide the teachers in offering stimulating opportunities for learning.

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
  • math 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
  • students attend music class once a week.
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:

Our curriculum utilizes a multi-sensory approach. So our students are touching, smelling, tasting, looking, and listening throughout the day as they explore and learn. Our pre-K program places a higher level of importance on skills to prepare the children for kindgergarden.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our student-teacher ratio is very low. This gives our staff the time and opportunity to work on a more individualized basis. We have two teachers in each full classroom. Therefore, one teacher can often work one-on-one with those students who needs extra help. The are able to give that child additional activities to stimulate further growth and learning. On the flip side, for that student who has already mastered the skill that the rest of the class is working on, one teacher can work with the excelled student and challenge them with high level activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Graham Cracker Express is an outreach ministry of Trinity Bible Church. Our goal is to bring the message of Christ into the lives of the families in and around us through the loving care of their young children.

A Typical Day

We work hard to make Graham Cracker Express a fun place for children, so that their first school experience will be a positive one and will create a love of learning. Knowing that children learn best through play, we have developed a theme-based curriculum that helps guide teachers as they choose developmentally appropriate activities for their students. We strive to provide a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment that will result in the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development of young children.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At the beginning of each school year we offer and Open House. Here the parents are welcome to come and stay with their child. The children can play and meet their new friends, and the parents can meet and get to know the staff as well as their children's new friend's parents.
Each month I publish a school newsletter that goes out to each of the student's families. It keeps everyone informed of upcoming events and is full of fun reports from the office and the classrooms.
We hold parent-teacher conferences in the spring. We inform the parents on how their child is progressing through the learning process. Parents will receive a completed child evaluation form, and see examples of their child's work. The teacher will share her view of the child's development. The parents of pre-K students will recieve an extense evaluation form on their child's kindergarten readiness.
We host two programs a year. One in the fall and one in the spring. Our fall program consists of the children singing and then all the preschool families enjoy a feast of food and fellowship together. Our spring program takes place at the end of the year. The children sing, we have slide show remembering fun times together from the past year, and then we conclude with a graduation for those students who will be moving up to kindergarten.

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Having two teachers in the classroom is a real asset at the beginning of the school year when some students have difficulty seperating from their parents. One staff member can hold them and give them additional attention to comfort them and encourage them to join in and participate in the activities going on in the room. We encourage the parents not to linger in the doorway after drop off. The children usually adjust and enjoy their day quicker that way than if the student knows that mom or dad are in the hall. We assure the parents that we will not allow your child to remain unhappy for an extended period of time. If your child remains sad, we will call you and have you come and get them. Some students do need an abbreviated schedule at the start of the year to work up to staying all day. Fortunately, there are few who need that. Most students adjust quickly, look forward to coming to school, and enjoy their day in our program.