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Giant Steps Early Learning School

7900 Old Tezel
San Antonio, TX 78254

(210) 521-6677


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Giant Steps is a preschool program for children 3-5 years. The curriculum offers a fun approach to phonics, literature, math, art, music, computers, science, and outdoor play. Children receive a school readiness by working and socializing through individual, small group, and large group activities that encourages creativity and self-expression. Our program is guided and taught through Texas certified/degreed teachers and experienced teaching assistants.

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/colorful
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • variety of 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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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • natural outdoor wooded play area
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • several music/movement CDs quiet and dance music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • individual creativity is encouraged
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • large covered porches/picnic tables for snack/lunch or for rainy day play
Other subjects taught Free play centers include Home/dramatic play, science, blocks and construction, library, art/creative crafts, computer, puzzles, and manipulatives. Our 1.5 wooded acre outdoor play area offers many outdoor opportunities for children to explore with insects, sand, water,riding toys, and climbing equipment that encourages children to socialize and interact in a natural environment.

From the Director:

Giant Steps offers a balanced combination of teacher instructed activities and opportunities for children to choose freely from a wide range of play and learning experiences, and in doing so, helping them to recognize, understand, and express their emotions as well as to sympathize with the emotions of others. Giant Steps also believes in the importance of family involvement in their child's education through special family events, volunteering in the classrooms, parent conferences, monthly home projects, and semester progress reports.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Giant Steps takes pride in providing a quality preschool program and creating an atmosphere to guide children socially and academically. Offering challenging learning activities and exciting opportunities designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. OUR MISSION: The leading accelerated pre-school program in Northwest San Antonio for enthusiastic and curious children developing a love to learn through teachers who love to teach.

A Typical Day

7:00-8:30 Arrival/Free Centers 8:30-8:45 Calendar/Circle Time, Music/Movement 8:45-9:15 Language and Literature (Morning graphing, whole group lesson, story time, Letter friend song and story, etc.) 9:15-9:30 Snack 9:30-10:30 Table Lessons w/teacher assistant (free center play) 10:30-11:30 Outdoor play 11:30-12:00 Lunch (provided by parents) 12:00-12:30 Phonics group instruction 12:30-12:45 Storytime 12:45-2:00 Rest/Quiet Time w/ music 2:00-2:30 Math (Whole group) 2:30-2:45 Review day/ Good-bye songs 2:45- Snack 3:00-3:30 Outdoor play/Dismissal 3:30-5:30 Extended care (Option)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Before school starts, we host an OPEN HOUSE to meet and greet teachers. Daily folder w/monthly calendar of activities Monthly newsletters Parent/Teacher conferences Monthly Home Projects Mid Term Behavioral Progress Reports Semester Academic/Behavioral Progress reports Monthly Special events for families Parent Volunteers in classrooms

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Email
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer an OPEN HOUSE for children and their parents to visit the school and meet teachers. We encourage parents to say 'good-bye' and reassure children they will be returning at the end of the day. We also welcome parent phone calls throughout the day to check on their child. Quick separation from parent to child has effectively worked in our program with the child immediately getting engaged in an activity.