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The Childrens Corner

651 Country Club Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 526-9596


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Church has always placed high value on the development of a strong, personal character, in which religious values predominate; a vibrant, caring family life; and a strong sense that the community is an extension of one's family life. The Church has also placed high value on the belief in the basic integrity and worth of every human being. To this end, the teaching and care of children in their early formative years, the nurturing of family relationships, and the enhancement of parents' personal and professional development all fall within the scope of the teaching and pastoral ministry of the church.
The mission of The Children's Corner of Bridgewater United Methodist Church (BUMC) is part of the mission of BUMC itself. In The Children's Corner, BUMC extends its pastoral care and teaching ministry in a special way to the parents and children of the BUMC community. The Children's Corner of BUMC seeks specifically to provide a Christian community in which to nurture and care for children on a daily basis. The Children's Corner of BUMC hopes to provide a fertile context in which each child (and the community of children) and parent (and the community of parents) may develop the foundation for a distinctively Christian way of life.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Time Block I Self-Selected Activities/Play

7:15 - 9:00 Children Arrive. Heterogeneous (mixed) age groups.
Greet children & parents (health check),
Self-Selected Activities/Play,
Indoor and/or outdoor play (games, books, toys)
Toileting and Hand washing.

Time Block II Nursery School: Learn Through Play, First Hand

9:00-11:30 Experience and planned Activities

Homogeneous (same) age groups.
Group Activity: Prayer, Circle, Sharing Calendar, Stories,
Learning Games, Play (table games)

Gross Motor Activity (Room 1/3 & outside)
Gym (Gross Motor)-Non Competitive Activity, Exercise with
CD's, Walks/Jog around building. Play (Large Muscle

Music and Movement: Sing, creative movement, dramatization,
musical stories

Bathroom/Hands/Snack: Stories/Books/Puzzles (Individual)

Play and Projects: Self Selected Activities, exploration of activities
& equipment in classroom; dramatic play, blocks, easel paiting, games,
manipulatives, books, sand/water tables, cooking. Planned activities/
projects, individual and group creative art and crafts, science, concrete
mathematics language (listening/specking/reading/writing preparation
activities ), special occasion projects.
1 staff supervise play & free choice of activities
1 staff supervise small group or individuals

Time Block III Lunch/Play/Prepare for Rest
11:30 - 1:30: Playground and/or Walk
Bathroom/Wash hands
Set up cots-Settle down time (CD's, books, stories, tapes)

Time Block IV Rest
1:30 - 3:00 Rest/Sleep on cots
2:00 children who do not sleep, provide quiet activities under staff supervision.

Time Block V Self-Selected Activity
3:00 - 6:00 Heterogeneous age groups, Bathroom/Hands/Snack,
Self-Selected Activity in classrooms, Outdoor Large Motor
Activities on Playground, Stories/Books, Dismissal

Excerpted from the preschool's website