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Benson Memorial UMC Preschool

4706 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612

(919) 781-3310


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

We believe in activity based learning. Children are engaged in learning through age appropriate activities led by the teachers. They are also offered time to freely explore the classroom environment. This blended approach allows us to meet the needs of a wide variety of students.

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 Spanish offered for 5 day students 3 years and older. Movement, Science/Discovery class for students 3 years and older. Music is offered to all students. Movment is offered to students 3 years and older. Literacy programing is offered to all ages.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are well educated and some have been with our program for over 20 years. Our literacy program is amazing. It is an activity based program that turns out more readers that we ever expected.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Benson Memorial United Methodist Church Weekday Programs are committed to providing an effective program which takes into account and provides for the emotional and educational needs of young children. We provide a safe and secure environment where children are encouraged to be social, independent and creative. We hope to enhance each child’s self-knowledge, self-esteem and inner discipline.

A Typical Day

A lead teacher and an assistant teacher are assigned to each classroom. Classes follow a daily schedule, providing a predictable routine. The curriculum strongly focuses on social and emotional development, encouraging independence, confidence, communication and kindergarten preparedness. The children enjoy theme-related activities which are meaningful and reflect children’s interests. Classes offer guided play, free play, arts & craft time, circle time and story time. Newsletters and activity calendars are sent home monthly.

Preschool enrichment activities include Chapel each month, music class weekly, movement class every other week and a science/discovery class every other week. Five-day-fours and Transition Classes also participate in Spanish each week. All of the classes will also attend monthly literacy programs. On occasion, on-campus visitors will also be scheduled to enrich programming. Parents of children enrolled in the four-year- old program and transition class should expect monthly field trips.

The Transition Program curriculum primarily focuses on kindergarten preparedness with an emphasis on strong social skills, emotional competence, independence, confidence and effective communication skills. This program is designed to meet the academic and social needs of a child who meets the Wake County Public School System’s requirements to enter Kindergarten.

Home-School Connection

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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage transitional objects such as blankets, photos, stuffed animals. Our experienced staff will help you and your child successfully start the school year.