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Country Kids Academy

21002 Encino Commons
San Antonio, TX 78259-2716

Phone:
(210) 403-2458

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We have several approaches to how we teach the children. The teachers build a foundation for learning, give guidance and lead activities and also allow the children to discover on their own. Children also teach each other and show one another new ideas and information.

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
  • examples of proper handwriting, ABC centers in each Preschool classroom. Journal writing, Letter Walls etc
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting and sorting items, books and games with numbers, graphing and creating charts etc
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • interactive daily schedule, books and games etc
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
  • Gardens, nature exploration on our large playground, using all senses in activities etc
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • variety of styles of music played in the classroom, dancing and exercise to music, songs for transitions and circle times.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Take art materials outside, books etc
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
  • Spacious classrooms for rainy day activities such as parachute and dancing.
Other subjects taught Computers Spanish Yoga Physical Education & Nutrition Sign Language

From the Director:

Please refer to the Pinnacle Curriculum for our Infants and Toddlers and DLM Early Childhood Express for our Preschool classrooms.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The staff members at Country Kids Academy are absolutely amazing! The teachers are always striving to out-do themselves in the style and content of their lessons. They show true dedication and love for what they do. And their job is one of the toughest around. I give them all the credit for making CKA a wonderful school!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goals are to provide a clean, safe, loving and attentive environment, which allows young children to thrive and learn, socially and academically, while having fun."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children are greeted by our warm staff and invited to join their friends for fun and educational activities. We offer alternating busy and quiet times, group activities and self-selected choices, indoor and outdoor play, all with a thematic approach. One of our main goals is to have fun and build lasting friendships. Children learn independance as well as how to work as a team. Topics and concepts are introduced through age-appropriate, hands-on lesson plans developed by our highly trained and dedicated teachers. Because we are a small school, the staff know all the children and families making this a warm and happy place to be!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is key to the strength and success of our program. We are open to any and all avenues; email, phone call, drop-in or scheduled meetings and conferences and quick notes and chats. Teachers write a monthly newsletter as well as daily reports/notes. We send informative emails and memos, have annual parent/teacher conferences, create portfolios for each child etc. Our staff also participate in community events that benefit young children

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

I encourage parents to stop by prior to their child's start date for short visits. This gives the child a chance to meet their new teacher, new classmates, and explore the classroom a little with their parents. Then they can have discussions at home about specific things they saw and did so the 1st official day is a little less mysterious and overwhelming. On their 1st day our staff will comfort them and engage them in interesting activities to help ease them into their new school. It does take time, and there may be some tears, but our staff have years of experience in helping children feel loved and an important part of the classroom family.