Shady Oak Christian School is a child-centered program established in 1987, with Preschool, Bridge and Kindergarten classes. Shady Oak accepts children who turn 3 before December 31 through kindergarten age. We have a school year program that starts the Tuesday after Labor Day and concludes before Memorial Day. There are also a variety of summer programs that are described in detail elsewhere on this site.
Shady Oak Christian School exists to preserve childhood in the lives of boys and girls through developmentally appropriate education designed to meet their social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs. We provide an environment that fosters cooperation, creativity, independence, faith and a love of learning. Caring and highly trained teachers implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that encourages children to explore, take risks, create, and discover.
At Shady Oak Christian School, we believe that the development of children is a continuous, predictable process that is influenced by all of the events they experience, at school, at home, and in their neighborhoods, and that learning of all kinds results from an interaction between the child and his/her environment. In all age groups, children have daily opportunities for learning with hands-on materials. Children are given many opportunities to choose their own activities and to explore their own interests. We value “wonder” and the continual development of curiosity. Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, and Lev Vygotsky are educational theorists who have greatly influenced our program planning.
Participating in the outdoors, on our natural-habitat playgrounds, is a key part of our program. Although the school has primary responsibility for the children’s academic training, the support and cooperation of parents and others outside the school are necessary in creating an environment in which children can reach their full potential.
We believe that we are preparing children for life. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on making good choices, not for rewards, but for the intrinsic value of “doing the right thing.” Working toward self-regulation is foundational to success in our program.
Shady Oak is known locally, throughout Texas, and the U.S. for it’s natural “playscape” playground. In 2003, Rusty Keeler, nationally-known playground consultant, worked with us to create a wonder-ful outdoor space that attracts adults as well as children. Visitors from all over the Houston area, including local college students, have come to tour and study the components of a “play environment for the soul”. Our Preschool playground is the only Texas playground featured in Rusty’s beautiful book, Natural Playscapes (Exchange Press, 2008). Our Primary School playground is also designed and built with features that inspire wonder, creativity, and deep appreciation of God’s world.
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Richmond, TX 77469