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Stepping Stone School (Teravista)

651 Teravista Parkway
Round Rock, TX 78664

Phone:
(512) 341-8080

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

State of the Art Learning Centers: Our Learning Centers provide opportunities for children to make decisions, follow direction, work independently, and learn the care and use of materials. They include areas for books, block play, art, puzzles, manipulatives, science, dramatic play and technology. Each classroom is structured with age-appropriate educational toys, teaching games and materials related to the current unit of study which the children may use individually, with a friend or in small groups. Guidance Methods: All Stepping Stone School Early Childhood Educators are trained in the use of positive guidance methods that help children learn self-control without loss of self-esteem. Stepping Stone's professionals have received extensive training in early childhood education and are available to consult and assist Stepping Stone families.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

State of the Art Learning Centers: Our learning centers provide opportunities for children to make decisions, follow direction, work independently, and learn the care and use of materials. They include areas for books, block play, art, puzzles, manipulatives, science, dramatic play and technology. Each classroom is structured with age-appropriate educational toys, teaching games and materials related to the current unit of study which the children may use individually, with a friend or in small groups. Guidance Methods: All Stepping Stone School Early Childhood Educators are trained in the use of positive guidance methods that help children learn self-control without loss of self-esteem. Stepping Stone School's professionals have received extensive training in early childhood education and are available to consult and assist Stepping Stone School families.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Stepping Stone School our philosophy and culture is based upon support for all children and their families during their early years. Our nurturing, developmental approach stems from the original belief of our founders, that successful teaching and learning is directly related to the quality of the teacher-child interaction and their environment. We provide a “second home” for children where parents can be comforted in knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment and where they trust that we will love their child. We believe that all children deserve every opportunity to be happy, to be challenged, and to be successful!

A Typical Day

Children at Stepping Stone School enjoy a mix of teacher-led activities, child-directed center time, outdoor activities, family-style meals and snacks, and naptime. Weekly, theme-based lesson plans address the different needs of each child through planned activities. This changing atmosphere supports your child's rapidly emerging abilities and interests and offers opportunities for early math, science, reading, construction and imaginative play learning experiences.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Stepping Stone School forges strong relationships with parents and communicates with them in a variety of ways. Monthly newsletters are sent out both electronically and in hard copy; these newsletters include school announcements, reminders about upcoming events, curriculum details and more. Parents of children up to 3 years old receive individualized daily charts regarding the lessons and events of each day; parents of children above the age of 3 receive weekly progress reports detailing the activities of the week.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled at least once per year, and are available upon request at any time. Furthermore, daily personal interaction takes place between parents and teachers at drop-off and pick-up times. Our educators maintain portfolios on each child in our schools so that parents have a collection of their child’s work throughout their years at Stepping Stone School.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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