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Colonial Hills United Methodist School

5247 Vance Jackson Road
San Antonio, TX 78230

(210) 349-1092


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Phonemic awareness
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • 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
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
  • Wonderful playground
Other subjects taught Computer Spanish

From the Director:

Our curriculum is a blend of teacher directed activites as well as hands on discovery methods.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We help children as they develop at their own rate. Our small class sizes allow us the opportunity to meet each child's needs, whether they are advanced or need some extra time to "open their gifts."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is to foster your child's development through a developmentally appropriate curriculum which stresses physical, cognitive, social/emotional, language, creative, and spiritual growth. CHUMS stresses hands-on activities and discovery methods of learning. Our child-centered environment makes learning fun! We build self esteem, enhance socialization, and instill skills for life.

A Typical Day

Every child attends chapel, music, computer, spanish, and motor skills during their week here at CHUMS. These classes are presented by specialized teachers as part of our developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

CHUMS embraces the whole family. We are partners with parents in the education of their children.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The beginning of our school year starts with a "get aquainted" party. This time eases the beginning of school with parents coming with their children to meet their teacher and the other families in the room. We have extra staff on hand at the beginning of school to assist with seperation anxiety. We encourage parents to call as often as they would like to check on their children, especially at the beginning of the school year.