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Penfield United Methodist Pre-School

1795 Baird Road
Penfield, NY 14526

(585) 381-3190


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PUMP provides a developmentally appropriate program where a child can grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, academically and physically.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The selection of a good preschool program for your child is one of the many important decisions you will make as a parent. Our Christian centered atmosphere and staff provides love and tender care to each individual child.

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 Spiritual: To help children develop an understanding of the presence of Christ in their lives and to expose them to Christian qualities of kindness, loving, sharing, courtesy, and faithfulness. Emotional: To develop a positive self-image as a unique and precious child of God. To help them express emotions in a safe and constructive manner. Social: To develop cooperation in a group setting. To help children learn to share and encourage them to be patient.

From the Director:

Academically: We encourage discovery of the world around them through their natural curiosity. We help them express themselves in a variety of ways, develop language skills, as well as develop creative thinking and decision-making skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

PUMP follows NYS regulations and all our Lead Teachers all hold teaching certificates. Our Christian centered atmosphere and staff provides love and tender care to each individual child.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Classrooms offer free play, individual & small group crafts and activities that focus on basic skills, large group circle times with child helper jobs and independence skills. Scheduled music classes and large motor fun either outside on our large enclosed playground or inside in our large motor focused gym.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is very important to us. We publish a monthly newsletter throughout the school year that shares our activities and keeps our families informed of the latest news. It includes important dates for field trips, holiday pageants & parties, graduation ceremonies and special school activities such as school pictures!

We have an open door policy and strongly encourage parents to visit and become active participants by helping with special activities and field trips.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Email
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year