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122 E. 12th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

(931) 526-9909

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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
  • Stencils, texture letters, hands-on literacy learning
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
  • charts for recording class statistics such as height, eye color, etc
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • magnets, magnifying glass for observing natural materials, sensory table
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • variety of multicultural CDs spanning genres
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • 3D materials such as styrofoam balls, popscicle sticks, and play-doh
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/movement time
Other subjects taught creative arts,

From the Director:

Our center follows the TN-ELDS (Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards) in our lesson planning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children with special needs are given one-on-one attention. Developmental assessments are performed quarterly and lesson planning is conducted to cater to each child's needs.
If a child has mastered all the skills one room has to offer, the child can be moved up to the next room if the parent so desires.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that play is a child's best tool for learning. Our teachers provide a variety of planned activities and learning materials to enhance your child's development through play and exploration. A strong support system supplying many resources is also available to our children and parents.
Because children learn best through hands-on activities, we make a variety of materials available to your child. This encourages their development by challenging their old skills and encouraging them to build new ones.
Our teachers are dedicated to continued learning to better meet your child's developmental needs. We strive to create a learning atmosphere, identifying each child as a unique individual. We also provide a warm, nurturing environment that focuses on one-on-one learning.

A Typical Day

Toddler Room Schedule

600-745 Arrival/Children’s Choice of Centers
745-800 Potty/Wash Hands for Breakfast
800-830 Breakfast
830-845 Clean Up From Breakfast/Free Play
845-900 Art/Free Play
900-915 Circle Time/Songs/Fingerplays
915-930 Potty/Wash Hands/Get Jackets On
930-1000 Outside/Movement Time
1000-1015 Wash Hands/Put Jackets Away/Story Time
1015-1030 Table Toys/Puzzles
1030-1045 Clean Up/Wash Hands for Lunch
1045-1115 Lunch
1115-1130 Wash Hands/Clean Up From Lunch/Potty
1130-1145 Lay Out Mats/Get Ready for Nap
1145-145 Rest Time
145- 200 Potty/Wash Hands
200-215 Put Away Mats/Wash Hands for Snack
215-230 Snack
230-245 Clean Up From Snack/Children’s Choice of Centers
245-300 Clean Up/Put Jackets On
300-315 Potty/Wash Hands
315-415 Outside/Movement Time
415-430 Wash Hands/Put Jackets Away
430-445 Songs/Fingerplays/Stories
445-500 Potty/Wash Hands
500-600 Get Ready to Go Home/Free Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Frequent communication is essential to building a successful relationship between school and home. We provide information to parents through daily tattler-style notes, a parent information board, verbal conversations, email, and a monthly newsletter. Parent-teacher conferences and a semi-annual open house are also events that we look forward to sharing with parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is commonly experienced by children attending school. Our teachers strive to make their classrooms comforting and stimulating environments to which children look forward to returning.
We provide literature to parents on separation anxiety. We encourage parents to discuss school several days before it begins to prepare the child. Another suggestion is keeping goodbyes short and sweet or discussing what will happen after school ("Daddy will pick you up after you have your nap and then we are going to see Grandma!) This helps children realize that parents always come back and gives them a sense of time passing.
Finally, we understand that anxiety happens. Our teachers acknowledge the child's feelings and offer reassurance that parents will return. We also offer special activities such as a turn at the easel.