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The Octopus Garden Preschool

1075 Executive Drive
Richardson, TX 75081

(972) 234-6286


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our program organizes curriculum around each child's developmental needs, interests, and learning styles. We emphasize the process of learning rather than focusing on finished products.

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
  • Print-rich environment / Language Experience Charts
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Teacher made games, blocks, visyal aids, scales
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
  • Age appropriate CDs, scarves, parachutes, songs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Open ended and crafts, easels, homemade playdough
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 Cooking / Social skills / Community involvement (fire truck, police, mail)Field trips Extra Curriculum offered: Gymnastics / Drama / Spanish

From the Director:

All these subjects are approached through child directed and teacher directed group activities. Teachers guide child directed activities by what is setup in the classroom environment.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that the most important aspect of our early childhood program is the child. We wish to enrich the families of the community by providing a home away from home, family away from family, and a friend to young children. We embrace each child's unique qualities, experiences, values, behaviors, hopes, dreams, and ideas and wish to create an environment, which facilitates their discovery of themselves and the world around them. Our primary purpose is to promote each child's human potential by developing creativity, autonomy, problem-solving abilities, openness, and integrity. We are committed to staffing our program with caring teachers who have faith in every child's potential to succeed, who are knowledgeable in child development, committed to children and are able to create an environment that promotes the full development of each individual.

A Typical Day

Since most parents get to see drop-offs and pick-ups, we make an effort to take an abundance of photos of children involved in daily activities. We create posters, art, etc... the 2nd photo duplicate, we give to the parents. Consistent schedules are posted in each room and in classroom guides.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome to visit or call at any time and we encourage your participation in all school activities. Each spring parents will recieve an evaluation of their children called Developmental Milestones. Parent-Teacher conferences to discuss your child's development will be held upon request. Parent meetings and workshops will also be held periodically to provide support and educational opportunities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year