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Brainerd United Methodist Preschool and Parent's Day Out

4315 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

(423) 698-2030


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Part time - year around program

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

We are child led but teacher directed.

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
  • Maps
  • 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
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 The Tumblebus visits us weekly and we have time with sign language, yoga, planets, fine art, classical music and writing journals.

From the Director:

HighReach curriculum is used for ages 1 and older.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The 3 year olds and 4 year olds have assessments twice each year followed by a parent/teacher conference

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our purpose is to provide your child with a nurturing, safe and loving Christian environment where concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged and individuality repected. Our goal, to teach children to love learning.

A Typical Day

We are fully inclusive serving children with all types of needs. We have male teachers, 9 sets of twins currently and every kind of ethnicity here in our school.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Many children come to our 1 or 2 days a week and home school the other days.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year