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A New Day Child Development Center

5014 Bee Creek Rd Ste A
Spicewood, TX 78669

Phone:
(512) 264-7373

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

A New Day CDC offers The Funshine Express Fireflies Curriculum. It is a high quality, professionally designed early learning program that creates enthusiasm for learning and builds school readiness skills. The monthly activity kits provide educators and parents with strategies for children with various developmental needs, experiences, and culture. Activities and assessment materials are aligned with early learning standards.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
Other subjects taught We utilize the Funshine Express Fireflies Curriculum. It is a high quality, professionally designed early learning program that creates enthusiasm for learning and builds school readiness skills. The monthly activity kits provide educators and parents with strategies for children with various developmental needs, experiences, and culture. Activities and assessment materials are aligned with early learning standards taught in both English & Spanish.

From the Director:

A New Day CDC maintains the tradition of excellence in preschool education. We offer a full-time preschool and child development program, nurturing, professional caregivers; field trips and enrichment activities. A New Day CDC provides learning centers that provide practice in making decisions, following directions, working independently, and learning the care and use of materials. Children will have the opportunity to work and play in a variety of activities. The classroom contains 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. A New Day CDC plans group activities that will give your child a chance to learn in a small group setting. These group activities include stories, music and movement, language experiences and discussion of the current unit of study. A New Day CDC offers field trips and first hand learning experiences. These experiences are usually related to the current unit of study, but they are also planned for variety and fun.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At A New Day CDC all caregivers use positive guidance methods that help children learn self-control without the loss of self-esteem. A balanced schedule of activities suited to the child’s development promotes cooperation and reduces stress. The children are encouraged to use words in order to solve problems with others. Limits are always set in positive terms. Additionally, a variety of other methods for gaining the child’s cooperation are used, including redirection, choices between acceptable behaviors and removal from activities when necessary. At A New Day CDC staff works closely with you to understand your child, and to determine which methods work best for him or her.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A New Day Child Development Center's philosophy is to provide young children with many vital opportunities by providing them:

• The opportunity to be happy by fostering a warm and caring atmosphere which encourages creativity and success.


• The opportunity to feel secure by taking time to let them know that they are important and cared for.


• The opportunity to be challenged by activities that lead to problem solving in all areas (social, physical, & academic).

• The opportunity to be creative by providing materials, activities and guidance so that your child might develop individual talents to their fullest potential.


• The opportunity to experience success and be accepted by planning activities that are appropriate to your child’s developmental level, by encouraging individual efforts.

A Typical Day

A New Day CDC provides learning centers that provide practice in making decisions, following directions, working independently, and learning the care and use of materials. Children will have the opportunity to work and play in a variety of activities. The classroom contains 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.


A New Day CDC also plans group activities that will give your child a chance to learn in a small group setting. These group activities include stories, music and movement, language experiences and discussion of the current unit of study.


A New Day CDC offers field trips and first hand learning experiences. These experiences are usually related to the current unit of study, but they are also planned for variety and fun.


A New Day CDC offers The Funshine Express Fireflies Curriculum. It is a high quality, professionally designed early learning program that creates enthusiasm for learning and builds school readiness skills. The monthly activity kits provide educators and parents with strategies for children with various developmental needs, experiences, and culture. Activities and assessment materials are aligned with early learning standards.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open House at the beginning of each year
Holiday Celebrations
Parent/Teacher conference
Daily conversation
Newsletters
Memos

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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

At A New Day CDC all caregivers use positive guidance methods that help children learn self-control without the loss of self-esteem. We plan a balanced schedule of activities suited to the child’s development to promotes cooperation and reduce stress. The children are encouraged to use words in order to solve problems with others. Limits are always set in positive terms. Additionally, a variety of other methods for gaining the child’s cooperation are used, including redirection, choices between acceptable behaviors and removal from activities when necessary. At A New Day CDC staff works closely with the parents to understand their child, and to determine which methods work best for him or her.