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Childrens Place

12034 County Seat Highway
Laurel, DE 19956

(302) 875-7733

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

There is a balance of teacher- led instruction and time for free play. In addition to teaching preschool skills, A very important role of any teacher has who works with young children is to help them learn how to deal with all their emotions in peaceful acceptable manner. Praise is given to reward acts of kindness and demonstrating good sportmanship

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • A variety of materials is used to teach number concepts
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Because the director/teacher is also an artist, children are always encouraged to express themselves with art
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Children are introduced to other languages and cultures. The Director/teacher is fluent in French and Spanish in addition to English.

From the Director:

A teacher led activity sets the stage for children being able to utilize what is learned in free play. For example: A story can be introduced by a teacher and then opportunity given to the children to act it out .

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In the course of 21 years of operation, a variety of curriculums has been tried and used. Some children are auditory learners and some are visual. Not all children can succeed with one approach. We strive to meet the needs of each individual child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Life can be beautiful but also stressful in our rapidly changing complex world. We do not follow a rigid curriculum but rather one that is flexible enough to meet the needs of each precious individual child. In addition to teaching basic preschool skills and concepts, we focus on teaching children how to understand and deal with their emotions in an appropriate socially accepted manner so that they may grow into peaceful, kind, productive individuals who believe in the power within their hearts and minds.

A Typical Day

9:00 music, songs, dances
9:30 exercise in the multipurpose room .
9:45 A short computer time to reinforce the theme in the classroom for that day or week.
10:00 Bathroom cleanup
10:15 Snace
10:25 classwork ( lesson plans available in each classroom )
11:00 the children can choose a free play activity.
11:30 outdoor games and play , weather permitting.
11:50 bathroom , handwashing , prepare for lunch
12:00 lunch
note: children in diapers are checked before and after naptime and are checked frequently and changed when needed and other children are taken to bathroom on a regular basis.
12:30 - 1:30 - resttime
2:00 afternoon snack - puzzles
2:30 structures games such as musical mats, duck duck goose, relay races, etc.
3:15- story time ( children are given opportunity to act out stories )
3:15 chalkboard activities
3:30 coloring ,
4:00 reading , library time
4:30 free play activity of choice
5:00 balls in gym and prepare to go home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I make every effort to greet parents at the beginning and end of each day to discuss their child's progress and things they can do at home to help . Parents are encouraged to express any ideas or concerns with me. The classwork and memos to parents go home every Friday. Each child has a folder by the signin/out form.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child has separation anxiety, I make that child a 'helper' or assign a 'special' friend to that child.
Children can give wonderful support to each other.
I do my best to assure that each child is comfortable and happy.