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Mt. Carmel Preschool

5100 S. Old Peachtree Rd.
Norcross, GA 30092

Phone:
(770) 449-4498

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Mt. Carmel Preschool is a small, warm, intimate school full of energy, love, and learning. By combining outstanding curriculum from Finland, the leader in education, and that from the United States, Mt. Carmel has been named "The Best Preschool in Peachtree Corners." It is a real step back in time with a hands-on curriculum, interesting guests, and after school activities. Mt. Carmel Preschool is open 5 days a week.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Mt. Carmel Preschool is a small, warm, and developmental preschool based on the model set in Finland, the world leader in education. I taught in the Jarvanpaan Englantilainen Leikkikoulu and have combined the best from Finland and the best in the United States to produce a child-centered program that supports education through play. Our low student-teacher ratios allow every child to succeed at his own rate, never being rushed from one level to the next. We are a United Nations in the heart of Norcross.

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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
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 After school ballet After school art and games

From the Director:

Mt. Carmel employs a hands-on curriculum with teacher direction when necessary. Students are encouraged to complete work at their own rate without pressure.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is taught and encouraged at whatever level he is able to achieve. This first experience in school should teach a child that learning is fun, is experimental, and mistakes are learning tools.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We learn by doing. Our teaching philosophy is if the gross motor skills are not honed, the fine motor skills will be lagging. We are a developmental school in that all levels of development must be met at a child's own pace. We cannot expect that every child can learn at the same rate. Learning is fun and not stressful. Learning is an experiment in putting all the pieces together to come up with the right answer. And finally, wrong answers are not the end of the world. We all have to learn how to accept failure without losing face.

A Typical Day

9:30 - Gathering in the classroom
9:50-10:15 - Sanctuary
10:15-10:25 - Bathroom
10:25-10:50 - Circle time
10:50-11:15 - Learning time
11:15-11:45 - Lunch
11:45-12:45 - Outside
12:45-1:15 - Closing time and story

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We begin each year with Orientation Day at which time students are in class for a short time with their new teachers and classmates and parents have a question and answer time with the director. There are daily emails for the first month to put new parents at ease and weekly folders that are sent home after the first two weeks of school. Parenting classes are offered, prayer groups, and sewing activities are available for parents who would like to be more active at the school. Parents are invited to be a part of the church activities each week.

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children who have difficulty separating from their parents are given special attention and love, but the parents are asked to leave after saying good bye. If a child continues to cry for more than 15 minutes without being comforted by the teacher will be sent to the director for more TLC. If that does not do the trick, the parent will be called to speak to the child and may be sent home to try again the next day. This goes on all of September or until the child feels comfortable at school.