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Sharon United Methodist Weekday School

4411 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

(704) 366-9166


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We embrace the idea that children develop academic and social skills through play and interaction with peers. We encourage children to learn about their world through exploration rather than memorization of data.

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
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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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  • 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 Handwriting without Tears for the 4's and TK classes. PlaySpanish for the 3's and 4's classes. Extra enrichment provided through the activity fees: stoyteller, music, science programs, community helpers.

From the Director:

We feel that children are more secure and socialize better in small groups. Our classes are small and our children to teacher ratios are within the guidelines recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our small class sizes provide a safe and nurtuing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development of young children.

A Typical Day

A very general picture of a day: Upon arrival, the children move into learning centers/free play. Later there are small group activities such as storytime and music for all ages, and Handwriting without Tears for the fours. After eating lunch in the room, all ages go outside to play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school uses a variety of ways to communicate with parents: daily contact at the beginning and end of the school day, regular newsletters and notes home, formal conferences. We strongly encourage parents to volunteer, and provide lots of opportunities to connect through social interaction and committees.

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
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our toddler class has an abbreviated schedule at the start of the year. Others are eased in on a case-by-case basis. We encourage parents to have a brief goodbye routine. The teachers reassure the children, then help them become involved in an activity.