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Union Preschool

3543 Watson Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63139

(314) 647-0898


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

It is the goal of each teacher to provide a balance of free-play and teacher directed expereinces that will stimulate the child's curosity, interest, imagination and creativity.

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
  • A Children's Library, Book cases and book buckets in every classroom, Book borrowing bags, Handwriting Without Tears Materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Pre-math hands on materials and games
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Hands-on materials in our indoor and outdoor science explore areas
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • A wide variety of children's musical instruments and key boards, a children's piano and organ.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • We have three art rooms with a wide variety of materials
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
  • We have an indoor gym an playroom for all of the above equipment and an outdoor area for more exploration and large motor activities
Other subjects taught Handwriting Without Tears Language development with "Word Time"

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each teacher works to gear the program to the needs of her homeroom group while also addressing the interests, needs and abilites of individuals. Every age group uses each classroom and all materials are available to each group. That allows access to wide range of materials and activities for every child. In turn each child is encouraged to stretch their interests and capabilities to the next level.
The children are assessed through a check list format and any concerns are addressed and related to the parents.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Union Preschool is a learning environment designed to enable each child to grow in a warm accepting, Christian atmosphere. The faculty strives to show love, concern and understanding for each individual child and support each unique family.
The faculty uses a developmental curriculum and age-appropriate experiences to guide the children's emotional, social, mental and physical growth.

A Typical Day

The facility is set up with learning centers located in 10 classrooms and a gym.
The centers include:
*three art rooms
*a children's library
*a full size gym and playroom
*a language arts area
*a music room
*a hands on math and science area
*several role-playing areas
All of the areas are well equipped with a wide variety of materials and age appropriate play equipment. The children work and play with a group of 8 - 10 children and their teacher. They begin the session in their homeroom. The teacher plans and facilities four sessions of activities for the class each day. It is the goal of each teacher to provide a balance of free-play and teacher directed expereinces that will stimulate the child's curiosity, interest, imagination and creativity.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

*We work in partnership with parents to plan appropriate ways to nurture each child's development. We record specific information about each child's skills and growth and share our observations both informally and formally at Parent-Teacher Conferences in November and March.
*To promote the school/home partnership, newsletters are frequent and informative. We have adopted both an e-mail and paper copy of these newsletters.
*Parents are encouraged to participate in events and activities throughout the year:
Parent/Child outings
Father's Night
Mother's Day
Parent/Faculty evenings
Speakers and Presentations
*We distribute resource information on services available in the community
*The Scholastic Parent Child Magazine is distributed
*We colloborate with several area schools and preschools in the "Community Partnership in Education" to unite in educating the children of the St Louis Hills area.

We believe that each family is an important part of our community and strive to provide them with resources to make their child's experiences successful.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children's anxieties have unique sources and must be treated individually. Overall, we provide a warm and comforting atmosphere where each child is greeted and welcomed daily. Children are comforted if they are upset about separation. We help both the child and the parent to work through the anxiety. Parents are encouraged to adopt a transition routine that demonstrates confidence in the child's ability to handle the new situation. The September tears do not last long.