Bluebonnet School is proud to be NAEYC accredited. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) ensures through its annual accreditation review that we are providing your child with a developmentally-appropriate, high-quality education that meets the “best practices in the field.” To learn more about the prestigious NAEYC accreditation we maintain, please visit the NAEYC website.

Joy of Learning. At Bluebonnet School, we recognize that most of our students will advance to traditional private and public elementary schools, and we prepare them for success in that environment. In kindergarten, children need to be able to work individually and cooperatively, and to be able to meet the academic standards set forth by the Texas Education Agency. With this in mind, we have created a preschool experience that blends the joy of learning with the necessary structure of the classroom. Children graduate from our programs academically and socially ready to flourish in the traditional kindergarten classroom.

Individualizing Each Child’s Instruction. Bluebonnet School prepares your young child for success in kindergarten and in the years beyond using the very best of today’s educational approaches. We accomplish this by blending learning through joyful play, and modeling and encouraging respectful and collaborative team work. We provide a fun, developmentally-appropriate environment in which each individual child is challenged to learn at his or her own pace. We know each child well and provide parents with frequent individual development and growth assessments.

Bluebonnet vs. Montessori Parents often ask us how Bluebonnet differs from the Montessori method of teaching. Bluebonnet is not classified as a Montessori school, although we incorporate many of the Montessori techniques into our program.

Teaching methods in Montessori schools differ from school to school. In general Bluebonnet and the Montessori methods place an emphasis on developing self-help skills and problem-solving as an individual and as a group. Both approaches view all aspects of the child and address their social, cognitive, and creative development and needs with great respect. Courtesy and manners are a part of the daily classroom in both programs, and the multi-disciplinary and interwoven curriculums foster a life-long love of learning using hands-on activities.

There are several differences between Montessori and the Bluebonnet way:

Montessori Method in Primary Classroom (3-5 yrs.)

   Children are in multi-age groups
   Twenty-five or more children, 2 teachers in a group
   Schools may or may not be accredited with AMS/AMI
   Serious, work-oriented environment
   Learning is individual with fewer social experiences allowed
   Silence is encouraged

Bluebonnet School (Cedar Park and Canyon Creek) (3-5 yrs.)

   Children are grouped by school year
   8-20 children, 2 teachers in a group
   Head teachers have college degrees; assistants have or are actively working on degrees in education or early childhood education
   NAEYC Accredited
   Playful academic environment
   Use of language is encouraged
   A variety of learning materials are used, including some from the Montessori method