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Millbrook Methodist Preschool

1712 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

(919) 876-8023


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • class developed books written by the students
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • games, legos, blocks, scales, measurement
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • science concepts such as wildlife, simple machines, wood working, electricity
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music class that also utilizes movement and physical fitness
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • offer a wide variety of creative materials every day
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
  • music and movement class
Other subjects taught Discovery - a small group science exploration class which empasizes the natural world.

From the Director:

Grouped by age, the curriculum for each age level is designed to meet the needs of the individual child and abilities at his/her particular age and developmental level. Our program includes the areas of gross and fine motor development, visual perception, reasoning, expressive and receptive language, and social and emotional development. We believe preschoolers learn best through play and offer an enjoyable program that encourages creativity and a lifelong love of learning. The program includes art, music, movement, drama, construction, stories, and social coaching. Our Christianity is taught through the love shown by our staff for each other and the children. Our teachers are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of child development and love and understand the young child. Each staff member continues her academic training by attending workshops and courses related to early childhood education and development. At MUMPS, we believe both learning and teaching involve a continuously changing environment and we continually strive to keep growing and learning for ourselves and for the children who have been entrusted to our care.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff works to differentiate instruction so that each child progresses at his/her unique pace in order to progress from one developmental stage to the next. We utilize community agencies and reference materials to ensure that we use the best possible developmentally appropriate practice.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Millbrook United Methodist Preschool
(MUMPS) operates as an outreach of Millbrook
United Methodist Church. We are a non-profit organization
offering a child-oriented, Christian centered
preschool program. Our program seeks for each
child to grow academically, socially, spiritually and
emotionally at his/her own pace. We feel that in a
Christian setting with a Christian teacher modeling,
the stimulating and enjoyable environment will not
only encourage a positive self-image and love for
learning but also foster a positive relationship
between the Christian environment and learning
itself. At MUMPS we feel that we are an extension
of the world of each child and through
continued communication with the families we
can better meet the needs of the individual.
Parents are encouraged to participate in the
education of their children through field trips,
conferences, school visits and volunteer

A Typical Day

9:15- 9:35 free play/ check in
9:35-9:55 morning meeting
10:00-10:20 snack
10:20 - 10:50 outside play
10:50 - 11:20 music class
11:20 -12:25 centers/ discovery
12:30 - 1:00 lunch
1:05-1:15 carpool

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send home school wide newsletters and classroom newsletters on a regular basis. Community and church activities are forwarded to the parents. Conferences are offered throughout the school year and the e-mail and phon e lines is always open.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children (and parents) are coached and comforted. Children are given a soft spot, stuffed animal or blanket, and tissues and allowed to begin learning to comfort themselves with some coddling from the staff.