Our Approach 

Welcome to Our Playful Learning Community! 

We have brought together some of the best and most powerful parts of many different philosophies and approaches to early childhood education, creating our own vision of what we want our licensed-home preschool program to look like…

  • WaldorfImaginative play-time and storytelling. Having the same teacher for multiple years, fosters  deeper learning, stability, and sense of security. 

  • Maria Montessori - Open-ended materials to support children’s creativity and critical thinking. Freedom to explore, discover, and create within reasonable limits and healthy boundaries.
     

  • Reggio Emilia - Observing and Documenting play: photos, writings, scribbles, and drawings. These documentations and observations help teachers and parents “see” the learning, progress, and performance taking place in a child’s growth and development.

  • Bev Bos - Connecting with children through observation, play, and meaningful conversations.
     

  • Traditional Education - Structured learning and teacher-led group lessons, where children can move away from an egocentric mindset to an allocentric, community-mindset.
     

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices-  Meeting children where they are as individuals and as a group; and helping children reach challenging and achievable goals that contribute to their ongoing development and learning. 
     

  • Love and Logic - Dr. Foster Cline and Jim Fay’s empathetic approach to discipline and guidance. Holding children accountable through logical and natural consequences.
     

  • Conscience Discipline - Dr. Becky Bailey’s approach to loving guidance through social/emotional learning. Teaching compassion, kindness, and self-regulation.

 

Over all, our program is grounded in Lev Vygotsky's theory of community play, social interactions and hands-on experiences. We share Vygotsky's strong belief that  teaching mixed ages together in one classroom gives older children a natural opportunity to take on leadership roles by mentoring and nurturing younger children. Older children experience a deeper learning by teaching. Subsequently, younger children will stretch their capabilities and play in the zones of proximal development (meaning, what a learner can do with and without help.)  Eventually, younger children grow up to become mentors to new students and the cycle naturally begins again.

Pint-Size Playhouse is a play-based and relationship-building preschool program with a touch of traditional learning spread throughout the day. We like to think of ourselves as a "Playful Learning Community!"


Here’s what you’ll find...

 

  • Social/Emotional - We provide an environment where children can explore values and experience differences while bringing them together with similar interest. We teach empathy, patience, compassion, self regulation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and kindness.
     

  • Gross motor - Balancing, running, jumping, digging, dumping.
     

  • Fine motor - Drawing, writing, woodworking, scissors, bead work, lacing.
     

  • Literacy - Reading and writing. Picture and story comprehension, or  re-telling stories, predicting outcomes, story sequencing.
     

  • Art - Play-dough, clay, paint, markers, crayons, finger painting.
     

  • Math - Counting objects, sorting, matching, sequencing, measuring.
     

  • Science - Investigating, predicting, measuring, cooking.
     

  • Self-help - Putting on shoes, clearing the table, cleaning up, dressing, washing hands.
     

  • Dramatic Play - Pretend, role playing, dress up.
     

  • Sensory - Sand, water, finger paint, dried beans, rice, play-dough.
     

  • Nature - Gardening, bird feeding, investigating bugs, finding worms for the garden, outdoor circle-time. 

© by Pint-Size Playhouse 

South Austin 78748

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