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Carolina Friends School

4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705

(919) 383-6602


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Carolina Friends Early Schools' philosophy of education blends the Quaker emphasis on the uniqueness and worth of each individual with the work of development psychologists and the legacy of traditional nursery schools. The Schools' curriculum is child-centered and play-oriented. Children learn best through play. Indeed the foundation for reading, mathematics, and other advanced cognitive skills is actually laid before age six through concrete, manipulative, sensorimotor modes of activity.
The Early Schools' role is to provide a challenging and nurturing environment in which children may acquire this foundation through play. In such an environment children practice and learn social skills with their peers. They learn fine and large motor skills. They learn the joy of creating with art and other resource materials. They encounter the worlds of numbers, shapes, signs, letters, and words as such tools are needed to complete a project or activity. Through these experiences children reach new levels of independence and responsibility.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"The Early School program recognizes the need of young children to participate in active and quiet play as well as in larger and smaller groups. The School's conviction that young children need to make choices for themselves is reflected throughout the daily program. Supplies, equipment, and other materials are available to the children for exploring the worlds of art, puppets, puzzles, manipulatives, sand and water, blocks, music, drama, games, science and nature, books, numbers, writing, etc. Also, each day children gather in small groups for settling in, reading, singing, storytelling, and other activities planned by the teachers.
The daily schedule includes ample time for snacks and for outside play. Music, movement, short plays, and field trips are included in the overall program too.
Excerpted from the preschool's website