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Timber Ridge Presbyterian Children's School

7575 E. Alden Bridge Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77382

(936) 273-6330


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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
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Class made books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Graphing, comparisons, sorting, counting, number recognition
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
  • Art displayed on bulletin boards in hallways
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
  • Outdoor sensory tables are set up with activities
Other subjects taught Spanish instruction for 4 year olds who stay for the afternoon session.

From the Director:

Children are given activities at their developmental level.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teaching is individualized for each child. Skill levels vary for each child and teachers strive to challenge each child at their level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"TRPCS is an extension of the church's ministry to, and for, children. The school will strive to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment based on the belief that God is love, which will foster social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth of its children. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

The children come into class and work on manipulatives at the table until all children arrive. Calendar, weather, and circle time are next with a discussion of the day's activities.
Motor skills class is followed by music class. Chapel is first thing on Thursday or Friday. Center time is used for child selected activities in the centers. Also during center time teachers will work with small groups or individual children. Outside play for 30 minutes is followed by snack. Science activities such as cooking or experiements are included at center time. Math acitivities may be included first thing or at center time. Story time and language acctivities end the morning. Children who stay in the afternoon will have lunch, outside play, more individual work and Spanish class for the prek classes. Naptime is the full afternoon for 2's and 3's. Dismissal is at 2:45pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The year starts with a home visit by the classroom teachers and aides. Open House is held in Sept. Dad's night is held in October with children and dads going through a mini-day at school. Fall and spring parent conferences focus on the child's development and abilities. Parents are referred to community services if children need remedial work in speech, ocupational therapy, or special needs.

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
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children are nutured with warm teacher acceptance when there is anxiety. The teacher or aide will hold and comfort the child, distract them with an activity, reassure them that mom will be back to pick them up soon, and photograph them when the anxiety passes to show mom and dad that they did recover. Parents are encouraged to call and check on children. Peep holes are provided for parents to observe the child. Parents are encouraged to use the carline, so that the child leaves them, not the other way around. When the anxiety is strong, we may suggest a shorten day for awhile until the child adapts.