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United Presbyterian Pre-School

1510 W. Westhill Drive
Cleburne, TX 76033

Phone:
(817) 641-6646

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Our Mission Statement: To provide a place of warmth, love and laughter where children of God can grow and learn about God, themselves, and their world. Our high quality early childhood program provides a safe, and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development of young children. We are committed to providing a positive, rewarding experience for the whole family.

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
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 4's and 5 year-old's go to chapel once a week. They are read a book with a simple bible story, then we sing songs for about 20 minutes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Class sizes are small so the teachers are able to work one on one with the students if they need more assistance or if the student wants to explore on his own.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goal of Sunshine Preschool is to provide children with an environment rich in art, music, literature, and movement activities so that they naturally learn the pre-reading and writing skills that provide the foundation of all academic achievement.

A Typical Day

The day begins with a story. Students are free to explore classroom centers (paint, listen to books, build with blocks, dress-up clothes, math & science, writing centers), then we share a snack. Music and movement and/or chapel, another story and activity, outside time and then go home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are given a copy of our Parent handbook which covers all our goals for the students in both age groups that we have classes for. A calendar and newsletter is passed out each month covering that month's activities we are focusing on and/or special events that we will be having. If bad weather delays or school closings should occur, e-mails will be sent out to the parents with e-mails on file. For those families without e-mails, phone calls are made.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

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

If a child should experience separation anxiety, we explain to the parents suggestions as to how to help them handle it. The parent might stay a little longer in the class before saying good-bye. The parent might start a special routine before they say good-bye. Also giving the child a special item from home that they might touch to help them through this phase.