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Long Hill United Methodist Children's Center

6358 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

(203) 268-8434


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Philosophy
We offer children a preschool experience in which they will grow emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Our classroom environment encourages individuality and inquisitiveness while providing boundaries within which this growth will take place.
Our program offers your child the opportunity to interact with other children in an environment that is scaled to and planned for him. He is stimulated, not pressured, to ask questions, to think for himself, and to try out new ideas. The program is a flexible child centered one designed to satisfy the needs of the individual children within the group. Each session follows a routine or schedule that becomes familiar to the children.
Each day the children have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of planned and spontaneous activities. Activities such as open ended art experiences, science and cooking projects, blocks, dramatic play, pre-school readiness games, songs and finger plays and creative play are a part of each day.
Many of our activities will be classified as "play". Though we, as adults, look upon it as "play", the child's "play" is his "work". The children in our program are always learning and developing as they work with the materials provided. Therefore the play is "guided play" because the teachers have learning goals in mind as they plan the daily activities.
As children draw, paint, and work with play dough, they develop the small muscles (arm and hand) which are used in handwriting. Through these and other activities the children also develop eye-hand coordination and develop creative expression. While building in the block area, children need to consider size, proportion, and number - concepts that carry over into arithmetic. While "playing" with sand, water and rice children develop early science concepts that will be presented in a more formal way in the elementary school. As children participate in dramatic play they are developing social skills and are learning about different roles as they "become" firemen, mommies, or construction workers.
All of these preschool activities lay the foundation for future learning. It is important to remember that a child pursues his play as seriously as parents undertake their work. We encourage you to question and comment on the child's activities and to attempt at home to reinforce in as many ways as possible the interests that your child develops.
Excerpted from the preschool's website