Resources

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School Philosophies/Approach

St Michaels Approach to Challenging Behavior
Handling challenging behaviors as a parent can be, well, challenging. It’s those boundary testing, limit-pushing, mischievous looks before an action to see what kind of cause and effect relationship a particular behavior might bring about. The approach outlined below is an excellent way to neutralize challenging behaviors whilst avoiding the dreaded power struggle.

Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning – Wikipedia Article
The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. Early childhood programs that have successfully adapted to this educational philosophy share that they are attracted to Reggio because of the way it views and respects the child.

Reggio Emilia Approach – from Participating European Preschools 
Information about the Reggio Emilia Approach from the website of European Networking Pre-Schools, including a list of additional resources. Includes sections on community support and parental involvement, administrative policies and organizational features, teachers as learners, the role of the environment, long-term projects as vehicles for learning, and the hundred languages of children.

Emergent Curriculum
Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest and passions as well as the teacher’s.

Student-Centered Learning
Student-centered learning, that is, putting students first, is in stark contrast to existing establishment/teacher-centred lecturing and careerism. Student-centered learning is focused on the student’s needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles with the teacher as a facilitator of learning.

Play

The Wisdom of Play
This 28-page booklet is a wonderful introduction to the wisdom of play and how children learn to make sense of the world. This booklet has short essays by several experts and gives a wide variety of viewpoints on why play is essential to child development.

Home Visit

Home Visit 
For parents and children, a home visit gives them the opportunity to meet the teacher/s in a safe environment, where they feel confident and at ease. Children can find a new school frightening. A home visit enables a first meeting between child and teacher in an environment that is safe, and where the child feels in control.

 

Child Development

Twos Development
Two year olds enjoy using their senses and motor skills to explore the world and are highly curious about unfamiliar objects, events and phenomena. They can solve simple problems with the “trial and error” method and will practice an activity many times to master it. Children this age also pretend more during play, using familiar objects and situations to process their daily experiences.

CDC Child Development Information
The early years of a child’s life are crucial for cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore, it is important that we take every step necessary to ensure that children grow up in environments where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.

Developmental Milestones – Preschoolers
As your child grows into early childhood, his world will begin to open up. She will become more independent and begin to focus more on adults and children outside of the family. He will want to explore and ask about his surroundings even more.

Child Development: Preschool Milestones
Child development tends to follow a fairly predictable path. Check out these general child development milestones for ages 2 to 5.

Brain Development in Childhood
The following resources include a sample of national and State organizations that share information about brain development and research to promote healthy growth among young children; additional publications that describe the research about brain development and the implications for parenting and programming; and publications that describe how information about brain development can be used to create early care and education policies.

The Benefits of Reading to Your Preschooler
Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school. The percentage of young children read aloud to daily by a family member is one indicator of how well young children are prepared for school.

Health and Wellness

USDA Healthy Guidelines for Eating; AKA: Food Pyramid
Information about diet and nutrition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Recommendations for healthy living, includes a personalized “food pyramid” based on gender, age, height, weight, and physical activity.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Healthy Preschool children and their milestones

Healthy Children
HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Activities for Preschoolers

Education.com Preschool Activities and Projects
Education.com provides parents of school-aged children with free access to information and resources to give them the answers they need — plus activities and articles that make learning together more fun for everyone.

FamilyEducation.com Preschool Activities and Learning Opportunities
Games and activities are more than just fun for a preschooler — they also help with physical development and learning. Find creative activities for your preschooler in areas such as arts and crafts, cooking, music and dance, and basic academic skills.

Preschool Excellence

Ten Signs of a Great Preschool
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a childcare center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.

NAEYC.org – Help Young Children Start School
Early years are learning years. Even before kindergarten, parents should be aware of ways to make the most of learning opportunities for their young children. One important choice for many families in their child’s early years involves preschool or child care.

Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools
Newly formed schools having completed three years of operation may apply to begin the process leading to accreditation during the fourth year of operation.

State of Texas

State of Texas Standards for Childcare Centers
Contains all State licensing requirements for Preschools in Texas

Spiritual Life

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas
The official website of the Diocese of Texas. The site contains information about the church, the faith, schools, and the community. There are resources for both members and visitors of the Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Relief and Development
Working in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations, Episcopal Relief & Development saves lives and strengthens communities around the world.