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North Springs UMC Preschool

7770 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Phone:
(770) 396-8615

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our small class sizes make NSUMC Preschool ideal for students who are struggling and/or excelling because the teachers have the resources to work with these students in very small groups or one-on-one. In cases where evaulation needs to occur, NSUMC works with Babies Can't Wait and the Fulton County School System to address concerns and issues.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

NSUMC Preschool is a ministry of North Springs United Methodist Church. We provide a quality, yet affordable preschool program for the children of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. We believed that all children should be loved, encouraged, supported and guided in such a way that they will develop into happy and responsible children who know and love God. We provide a safe and caring environment where children can explore thier world, try new things and find success in physical, social and academic pursuits.

A Typical Day

Children at NSUMC Preschool begin the day with free play in learning centers. Free play is followed by circle time where the calendar, the weather and pledge of allegiance are covered. Then the classes are taken outside for 30-45 minutes. After outside time the children's favorite time of day, snack time, occurs. Next the teachers have the option of whole group instruction or small group instruction depending on the day's lesson. There will be another circle time and wrap up before the parents pick the children up for the day.

Students in the Parent's Morning Out and the 2 year old class will go outside twice each day.

Students in the 2's, 3's, 4's and 5's classes will participate in foreign language classes, music classes, art classes and physical education classes each week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe that communication is a major key to a successful school experience. Teacher-parent communication is done through Daily Progress Sheets each day as well as at pick-up each day. School-parent communication is handled through a monthly newsletter as well as through timely emails regarding reminders, events, etc. The website is updated weekly to reflect upcoming events.
Parents will also have the opportunity to participate in parent-teacher conferences twice each year, as well as open house events, parent advisory council meetings, etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is a natural part of growing up as children learn that their parents will not leave them somewhere safe and that they do come back. We encourage parents to be ready for a 'pick-up' phone call the first few days in the event that we cannot distract the child from his/her distress. We ask that the parents continue to try again each day and to be consistent each time. We will not allow a child to cry for extended lengths of time.

We also strongly encourage the use of the carpool lane in the mornings as we have found that carpool greatly decreases the length of separation anxiety and allows for a clean break and a strong good-bye from both mom and child.