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Method Child Development Ctr

900 Trailwood Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606-3707

(919) 852-4568


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Developmentally appropriate practice is a method of teaching based on the way children learn and grow. Each child is taught at his/her own developmental level, regardless of chronological age. All children have the following areas in which to work: art, blocks, dramatic play, small manipulatives, nature/science, water and sand play, and a reading/language area. Music and gross motor activities are scheduled daily. The Center also strives to offer enrichments such as Spanish to our three - five year old classrooms and offers special programs such as Rags to Riches theatre and music for all classrooms.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • nature area
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

From the Director:

Goals and Objectives Each week the teachers set group goals. These goals may incorporate ideas from the weekly theme, basic concepts, or may be general developmental goals. Also, there are individual objectives incorporated each week. Again, these may apply to the weekly themes, concepts, or to that child’s general development. For each age group, some general guidelines are listed. Lambs (Infants) · Set their own schedules, with naps and feedings on demand. · Stimulate the senses (tactile, visual, and auditory). · Encourage the child to imitate desired behaviors. Pandas (Toddlers) · Work within a loosely structured daily schedule. · Provide situations where child can actively experiment to find a solution to problems. · Encourage child to imitate desired behaviors. · Help the child become more self-sufficient (cleaning up, caring for self). · Encourage the development of the child’s language abilities. Cheetahs (Twos) · Set a structured daily schedule, with planned activities in both the morning and afternoon. · Work on toilet training. This is a joint task for parents and teachers. Due to Wake County Health regulations, children must be toilet trained before they can move out of the Twos room. · Emphasize problem solving and encourage the use of forward thinking. · Encourage developing language abilities. · Focus on large muscle coordination. Lions, Bears, Tigers (Threes, Fours & Five) · Set a structured daily schedule, with planned activities in the morning and afternoon. · Emphasize reasoning abilities and problem solving skills. · Help child with classification/categorization skills. · Develop each child’s special interests and encourage creativity. · Work with large and small motor coordination. · Increase concentration, listening and sharing skills through group experiences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Method Day Care Center, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 by five churches, which formed the Raleigh Inter-Church Housing Corporation (RICH). It began operations in the Method community with seventeen children, two staff members, and many talented volunteers. Method was organized to serve children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

In 2003, Method changed it's name to Method Child Development Center and moved to its current facility at 900 Trailwood Drive in Raleigh NC. Today, Method serves children six weeks through five years and the facility is able to serve 85 children. The Center operates six classrooms (infant, toddler, two, three, four/five, and More at Four).

The center is licensed by the state of North Carolina as a 4-star center.

An active Board of Directors composed of twelve members, including parents, governs it.

Method Child Development Center supports a diverse community of families by wrapping its arms around each child’s social, educational, and emotional needs within a safe, nurturing and affordable environment.

Prospective families wishing to enroll their children at the center are welcome to make an appointment to tour the center. Please call 919-852-4568.