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Matthews Presbyterian CDC

207 West John Street
Matthews, NC 28105

(704) 847-5564


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We are a small preschool where a daily schedule is followed and children experience active learning at its best.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are a small preschool where parents have the opportunity to communicate with teachers daily. We use a theme based curriculum to keep our lesson plans interesting for the children so learning is fun. We also utilize the Handwriting Without Tears, Weekly Reader and Alpha Tales curriculums to ensure Kindergarten readiness.

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
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
  • 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 Three and Four Year Old Classes have weekly chapel. Toddlers, Twos,Threes and Fours have weekly music class which is included in their tuition.

From the Director:

The Four Year old Classroom utilizes the AlphaTales, Handwriting Without Tears and Weekly Readers to introduce letter and sound recognition. All our classrooms follow a daily schedule which consists: of snack, circle time, centers, outdoor play and creative art. Self help

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The experience of our teachers shines through when students need extra help. Whether it's the addition of specific manipulatives for fine motor skills or a flannel board in the library center to help the children retell stories to encourage language. Our teachers are awesome at achieving goals in a fun way.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Matthews Presbyterian Church Child Development Center is founded on the conviction that every child is created uniquely and loved by God. Our mission is to provide opportunities for the young child to grow spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.

A Typical Day

4s Usual Daily Schedule

9:00-9:15 Short Table activity (mazes, tracing, cutting, alphabet puppet and pictures, journals)

9:15-9:45 Morning Circle (Chapel at 9:15 on Wednesdays) calendar, weather, patterning, Pledge of Allegiance, alphabet, nursery rhyme, Bible verse, fingerplays & songs, movement

9:45-10:05 Snack

10:05-11:15 Centers
As children play in different areas, individuals or small groups will work on various art/learning activites.

11:15 Story Circle
Theme-related book (Music on Tuesdays, Show and Share on Thursdays)

11:30-12:00 Playground

12:00-12:40 Lunch

12:40-12:50 Closing Circle
Pack bags, reminders, songs

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Calendar of events, monthly newsletter and a songs/finger plays sheet are sent home monthly. This allows parents to anticipate any spirit days, parties or birthdays in their child's class as well as clarify the words from the cute songs sung in the classroom.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first week of school the days are abbreviated by one hour. The daily schedule is followed; this allows the children to adjust to the preschool routine, get acquainted with one another and be picked up their loved one with less anxiety as their day was lots of fun.