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The Community Preschool of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

330 North Hubbards Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone:
(502) 895-3485

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our goal at The Community Preschool is to teach children the essentials needed in an environment that encourages curiosity and discovery while building their confidence and love of learning. We incorporate an ecumenical approach to developing childrenâ??s spiritual development. Children and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed and respected. The community at our preschool wouldnâ??t be complete without our childrenâ??s families. We encourage family participation and provide several opportunities throughout the year for parents to engage in their childâ??s educational journey. Prior to the beginning of school, we will open our doors and classrooms so parents and students may meet their teachers and familiarize themselves with their rooms, which we hope will be like their second home during the year. We plan two parent-teacher conferences during the year, and parents will have continual access to the classrooms and activities through our website. There will be regular parent educational opportunities as well as numerous opportunities for families to participate in school activities during and outside of school hours. Above all, feel free to stop by any time. You are always welcome and are part of our community.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because our teacher:child ratios are so low, teachers will have the opportunity to address each child's needs at an individual level. The curriculum will be designed so that different learning styles are addressed, and activities will be adaptable to a variety of temperaments.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At The Community Preschool of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, childhood is sacred. We celebrate the joy, spirit and wonder of childhood through outdoor experiences and open-ended exploration. Our children will develop a sense of belonging and respect that will last a lifetime.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There will be an opportunity to meet with teachers before school begins, and at least twice throughout the school year. There will also be a family open house in the summer (June 24th, 2009) and family orientation the week before school. Parents will have access to activities and information about each classroom on the school's web site. There will be regular educational opportunities for parents, as well as numerous opportunities for families to participate in school activities during and outside of school hours.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

There will be various opportunities prior to the beginning of the school year for children to meet their teachers and become familiar with their classrooms. In addition, their classrooms will be comforting, inviting environments that will become their second home, as they begin their transition to "big-kid" school. Photographs of children's families are part of the classroom displays and the preschool's regular routine will make children feel more in control of their day and surroundings.