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The Goddard School

21785 Hardy Oak
San Antonio, TX 78258

(210) 494-2779


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Why do children at The Goddard School® look like they�??re having so much fun? Because play is the foundation for learning and Goddard Schools take play very seriously. Goddard School teachers promote play by creating theme-based lesson plans to meet the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. They introduce developmentally appropriate materials and activities in Learning Centers. These Centers are hands-on areas and include music, science, math, creative art, writing, computers and dramatic play. Learning Centers: - Provide time for children to explore their feelings and use their imaginations. - Encourage children to investigate their surroundings, solve problems and think independently. - Support each child's freedom to move from center to center and learn at their own pace. - Allow teachers to observe activities, assess children's development and create portfolios. Children are encouraged to: - Explore a variety of materials through play. - Make choices among several options according to their interests. - Socialize with their friends. - Use objects to represent something else (a toy banana becomes a phone) which sets the stage for abstract thinking - the type of thinking that is essential to learning to read and write.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Sorting materials, patterning blocks, graph paper
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Globe
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Magnifying glasses, sensory boxes
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
  • Recycled materials station
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
  • 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
  • Covered awning, pour in place safety ground cover
Other subjects taught Spanish, Yoga, American Sign Language, Art Appreciation

From the Director:

We are a Piaget-based school. All teachers write their own developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on the children in current child's development. We are focused on the development of the whole child here at The Goddard School and believe that creating and well-rounded individual can only be done through play and a nurturing environment that the child truly enjoys.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All teachers at The Goddard School have a degree from an accredited University in Early Childhood Education or a related field. In addition, many of our teachers are also Certified Teachers (EC-4). We maintain only the highest quality staff to ensure the highest quality instrustion for your child.

In addition, Goddard Schools provide a unique advantage to their teachers - professional development through Goddard Systems University (GSU).

GSU supports the on-going training of Goddard teachers by providing regional classes on a quarterly basis as well as on-site training by Corporate Representatives. GSU training has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
â?¢GSU includes an exclusive training series developed specifically for Goddard School teachers. This unique program coaches teachers in the areas of health and safety, curriculum, developmental guidelines and enrichment programs.

â?¢GSU awards Training Hours which may be applied to a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. CDA is a nationally recognized credential and is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition.

â?¢GSU encourages teachers to share their ideas, express their viewpoints and develop relationships with their peers throughout the Goddard organization.

â?¢GSU trains teachers to develop nurturing learning environments.

â?¢GSU informs teachers about child development trends and current research.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Goddard School® is dedicated to providing the foundation to encourage each child�??s lifelong love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment by:

- offering a wide range of enriching activities to meet the needs of each child

- focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills

- offering multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment

- complying with Quality Assurance Reviews and parent surveys conducted by GSI

- supporting the professional development of teachers through GSU

- offering open communication with families in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect

Whether gently holding an infant, encouraging toddlers to share, or providing preschoolers with a variety of enriching activities, caring teachers support the healthy development of children from six weeks to six years.

Choosing The Goddard School® means your child will make friends, discover that learning is fun and feel safe every day.

A Typical Day

Our Infant Program:

Our nursery has been specially designed to create a warm and secure environment for infants. From the peaceful sleeping alcove to the big rocking chairs where babies are held and fed their bottles, babies at The Goddard School® have a very special place.

Each family develops their child�??s daily schedule. They set naptimes, playtimes and bottle times to ensure consistency between home and Goddard. Our teachers also welcome visits from families at any time.

- Our Infant Room includes a play area full of stimulating toys and books where babies are encouraged to develop at their own pace.

- Teachers sing songs and read stories to encourage language acquisition, and they pass balls and play games to develop motor skills.

- Teachers spend lots of time cuddling and talking to babies to instill trust and to provide a healthy learning environment.

- In many Goddard Schools, American Sign Language is introduced in the Infant and First Steps rooms. Infants learn to express their thoughts or needs without regard to their language ability.

- Infants love to move and explore and Goddard teachers appreciate this curiosity. Swings and play seats, therefore, are limited in our Infant Rooms.

- The First Steps classroom transitions children from infant to toddler �?? children attempt new vocabulary and practice self-help skills.
Our Pre-Toddler & Toddler Program:

Toddlers make great developmental strides - from first steps to potty-training; our teachers are right there to provide support in a fun and active environment. Energetic teachers plan activities in a bright and cheery learning environment to encourage toddlers�?? eager investigation of the world.

In order to provide toddlers with the consistency and routine they crave, teachers plan days filled with a balance of quiet activities, spirited music and movement and plenty of outdoor climbing, running and jumping.

- Learning Centers for imaginary play, blocks and puzzles, creative art and lots of books are always open for discovery.

- Teachers emphasize social growth through circle time with stories and songs incorporated into each day to encourage language skills.

- Toddlers practice self-help skills including hand washing, putting on their coats, picking up their toys and sharing with their friends.

- Teachers encourage developmentally appropriate behavior through gross motor activity, such as balance beams and tip-toes; and fine motor skills through crayon and marker use.

- Although children potty-train at their own pace, parents and Goddard teachers work together to provide the best environment for success in the Get Set program.

- Teachers instill confidence as children learn the answers to their favorite questions: Why? and Where?

Our Pre-School Program:

Bright classrooms and large playgrounds create the backdrop for a learning environment where preschoolers engage in age-appropriate activities related to a monthly theme.

Learning Centers for math, science, imaginary play, music, creative art and computers provide both shared and independent learning opportunities. Teachers fill these centers with theme-related materials to engage children at each stage of their development.

- Preschoolers are introduced to cognitive skills like sequencing and matching, social skills in similarities and diversity and language art skills such as storytelling and process-writing.

- Learning Centers encourage self-reliance and provide opportunities for children to develop their self confidence. Children also practice their decision making as they navigate from center to center.

- Children are encouraged to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities.

- Visits from local museums and libraries, community helpers, doctors and theatrical productions are incorporated into the classroom to provide a real-world learning experience.

- Computers are an everyday component of the preschool classroom and allow children to practice their new skills.

- Enrichment programs, such as fitness, art history and manners, are incorporated into each preschooler's daily schedule.

Our Pre-K & Kinder-Enrichment Program:

Pre-kindergartners gain skills to guide them toward their future academic success. The learning tenets of this private program include kindergarten preparedness, social finesse and mastery of gross motor skills.

Each school day is balanced with opportunities for independent discovery, cooperative learning and generous outdoor playtime.

- Kindergarten preparation includes becoming comfortable with computers, developing complex logical patterns and handwriting practice.

- Pre-kindergarteners become aware of themselves as learners and begin to develop strategies for expressing their ideas in both spoken and written forms.

- Teachers promote cooperative play and collaborative problem-solving through lesson plans individually written for the children in their classrooms.

- Children develop multi-tasking skills, hand-eye coordination and rhythm and tempo through lots of singing, dancing and rhyming.

- Enrichment programs, such as music appreciation, foreign language and world cultures, are incorporated into pre-kindergarten lesson plans.*

- Access to computers helps to provide children with the necessary familiarity to move to their next technological level.

*For specific scheduling info, please call and set up a tour.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Commitment to family and community is characteristic of Goddard School Owners and their teachers. They participate in local sponsorship and charitable â??Good Deeds.â?? 'Good Deeds' support charities, both local and beyond. Children learn about the significance of giving and being a part of their community. â?¢The on-site Owner and Education Director are always available to families through our Open Door Policy.

â?¢Daily Activity Reports go home with each child every day. Teachers provide curriculum highlights as well as care-taking information and â??Memorable Moments.'

â?¢Family/Teacher Conferences are generally conducted twice a year and include a review of each childâ??s Portfolio.

â?¢Portfolios are assembled for each child. Teachers include art projects and writing samples, anecdotal notes, pictures and Progress Reports.
â?¢Home-School Associations are a great way for families to support the teachers in their childrenâ??s School. Become a member or volunteer at a special event.

â?¢Open Houses provide a special opportunity for families to get together and participate in games and activities together.

â?¢School Newsletters are distributed regularly by each Schoolâ??s management team. The Newsletter offers insight into each classroom and provides information regarding Home-School Associations and a calendar of events.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation