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Due West UMC Preschool

3956 Due West Road
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone:
(770) 590-0982
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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We use our monthly themes to present the skills so most activities are fun, art based, age appropriate, and hands on to engage the children in a love of learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our class sizes are small with two adults for each class so there is opportunity to meet each child's emotional, social, and educational needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of the Due West UMC Preschool is to provide a safe early learning experience in a Christian environment. We believe:
1. The foundation blocks for this ministry are Christian values.
2. Each child is a child of God and should have every opportunity to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually to the fullest potential.
3. Each child will be accepted and nurtured at their level of development with flexible age-appropriate opportunities.
4. The church is called to ministry, caring for children, living out the message of God's love expressed through Jesus Christ.
5. This weekday ministry is a means to live out the gospel in the community.

A Typical Day

Each class' schedule includes individual activities, as well as small and large group activities that introduce and reinforce the skills that they need at thier age level. The skills are presented using our theme of the month. They have a snack time during the mourning as well as playground time if the weather permits or indoor large muscle activities if they have to stay inside There are also restroom times throughout the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We start with parent and child orientations, provide a handbook with information, calendars, etc, the teachers communicate often with the parents about their children as well as send home a monthly calendar. The preschool office produces a monthly newsletter that tells the parents what we have done that month and what is coming up the next month. We also send out emails to inform and remind the parents of important information.
The three, four and five year old teachers do a fall and spring progress report as well as parent teacher conferences in March.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We give them lots of attention and TLC and try to get them involved in an activity. If they are still crying at the end of an hour we call the parent to pick them up and try again the next day. If the crying continues for several days we ask the parent to plan to pick up early and gradually extend the time as the child can handle it.