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Centenary Preschool and Parent's Day Out

300 North Ellis street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

(573) 334-2869


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Objectives To achieve our mission Centenary Preschool and Parentâ??s Day Out has adopted the following objectives: 1. To encourage students to model their behavior using a set of values referred to as Christ Skills. These are taught to students integrated into the curriculum as well as modeled by teachers and staff. 2. To value development and responsibility. The children are encouraged always to do their personal best and accept responsibility for their actions. 3. To develop a positive attitude and enthusiasm toward learning. 4. To maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment. 5. To recognize that students present multiple learning styles and maintain a whole brain learning environment. 6. To establish learning that is timely, relevant, and inspiring to the students. 7. To take learning beyond the classroom.

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
  • Journals/Class stories and books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • assorted manipulatives
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • sensory tables
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • instruction on muscial attributes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • variety of art mediums
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 Social Skills

From the Director:

Children are placed in a loving environment where they can grow and learn, discovering the world from a Christian perspective. Our goal is to create a safe sanctuary of education, with teachers and aides challenging each childâ??s desire to learn, inspiring them to reach their full potential. Our commitment to excellence extends to every family member placed in our care, recognizing their individual needs and unique abilities. Our curriculum will uphold Biblical principles, developing each young personâ??s emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual growth through a wide variety of experiences and activities. We strive to develop ethical values, promote academic competency, and foster lifelong enthusiasm for learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We teach the individual child. We help each child reach their own goals and develop a love of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Centenary United Methodist Church desires to offer both a Preschool and Parentâ??s Day Out program that reach out to the parents of our community. Our program is committed to helping each child reach his/her fullest potential and to gain an understanding of Godâ??s presence in the world around them. We strive to provide a loving and nurturing atmosphere in which each child will grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We will create a Whole Brain learning environment in which each childâ??s individual learning style is embraced. To this end, we will model Christian principals in every aspect of our curriculum and our daily activities.

A Typical Day

Pre-K Class
8:30-9:15 Centers
9:20-9:40 Circle time
9:40-10:10 Small Group
10:10-10:40 gym activities/music
10:45-11:05 snack
11:05- 11:35 Large Group
11:40- 12:00 outside time
12:05-12:35 lunch
12:40-1: 00 story time
1:00-1:35 rest time
1:40-2:10 skill reinforcement
2:10-2:30 free play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open program. Parents are encouraged to help in the classrooms, participate in field trips, and add their expertise to the topics being taught.

We have a parent information night, open house, parent conferences, as well as special family activities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


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

A child with separation anixety is handled with love and compasion. We use pictures from home, redirection, and special buddies to help a child overcome his anxiety.