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Time to Shine Preschool and Tutoring

1867 Lake Pine Drive, Suite A
Cary, NC 27511

(919) 291-3802


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We offer an academic half-day preschool, afternoon art classes for preschoolers, monthly parent night out for ages 2-10, and private tutoring for pre-k through algebra II. Please call Brooke for more information on art class, tutoring, and parent night out at (919) 291-3802.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Time to Shine Preschool is a very academic program in a fun and exciting learning environment! It is a structured, classical approach to education involving multiple styles of learning from worksheets to hands-on learning activities.

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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Our language arts curriculum is phonics-based. We begin the year focusing on writing the letters of the alphabet and learning their phonetic sounds. We then begin to blend the sounds together to make words. Many of our pre-kindergarten students are sounding out words on their own.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

A typical school day lasts 3.25 hours, and includes morning work, circle time, music and dancing, art, math, snack, about 20 minutes of free play time, language arts, show and tell, and science, counting or alphabet puzzles, educational games, or another activity relating to our weekly theme.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have shows for the parents at the end of each month. The parents receive a weekly report teach Friday before the upcoming week that explains what the children will be learning and doing that week. The majority of communication between the teachers and parents is done during carpool or through email.

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
  • 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


Handling Separation: From the Director

By keeping the children active and engaged in multiple activities each day, separation anxiety has not been an issue. Interested parents are encouraged to bring their child along with them for the initial tour so the child knows what to expect when he/she comes to school for the first time. There may be a few tears in the morning for the first few days, but the sadness is short-lived as we begin a fun-filled day with many activities.