Centenary Thru-the-Week School
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At Centenary Thru-the-Week School our main goal is to create an environment to enrich the learning of our preschool children, with emphasis on their spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and physical development. We also strive to help him or her face life with a sense of self confidence, an assurance of acceptability, a foundation to compete, but above all, a good feeling of self esteem.

Children are unique individuals, and live in a world of wonder and discovery. At Centenary Preschool we fill our school year with hands-on experiences of discovery, whether it's a trip to the Fire Station or holding a live starfish in our "Touch Tank". The children discover that learning is fun and life is an adventure. God's world is filled with wonder and excitement, just waiting for us to explore. We offer preschool classes for children from 6 months through age 4.

“Play is vital to the development of children’s mathematical thinking.  Unlike some forms of knowledge, mathematical knowledge, which deals with relationships between and among things, cannot be learned by hearing adults talk about it.  Experimental research on play shows a strong relationship between play, the growth of mathematical understanding, and improved mathematical performance… Without play… children’s powers of mathematical reasoning would be seriously underdeveloped.”

Mother's Morning Out Classes
  • 1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day 
    Classes meet Tuesday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

  • Child must be 6 months old by Aug. 31.
     

1-Year-Old Preschool Classes

  • 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, and 4-Day 
    Classes meet Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

  • Child must be 1 year old by Aug. 31.
     

2-Year-Old Preschool Classes

  • 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day 
    Classes meet Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

  • Child must be 2 years old by Aug. 31

3-Year-Old Preschool Classes

  • 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day 
    Classes meet Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

  • Child must be 3 years old by Aug. 31.
     

4-Year-Old Pre-Kindergarten Classes

  • 2-Day, 3-Day, or 5-Day  
    Classes meet Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

  • Child must be 4 years old by Aug. 31.

For more information: Contact Katherine Muse 
Preschool Director: 252-637-4181 ext. #111

Early Risers & Lunch Bunch 
  • Early Riser: 8:05am - 9:00am 

Monday-Friday

Cost: $4.00/day

  • Lunch Bunch: 12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Monday-Friday

Cost: $6.00/day

Our “Learn Through Play” Philosophy

 

Over the past 50 years, Centenary Thru-the-Week School has succeeded on the premise that play is the profession of children.  We believe that a “learn through play” philosophy enriches the natural learning process of young children.  So with a keen focus on play as a child’s first -- and best -- learning environment, our school provides the foundation upon which emotional, intellectual, social & physical development can thrive to a child’s full potential.

Research shows that an emphasis on play does not detract from academic learning but actually enables & accelerates children’s learning. In classrooms where children spent 50 to 60 minutes of a two-and-a-half-hour program in play supported by teachers, children scored higher in literacy skills than in controlled classrooms(1).

Curriculum

Different thematic units will be studied throughout the year (seasonal, cultural, holidays, etc.) and academic skills will be incorporated into the centers and activities. A typical day includes dramatic play/housekeeping center, music and movement, science and nature, arts and crafts, floor and table toys, sand and water play, book center and gross motor skills.

Other activities include music and chapel time, “The Handwriting without Tears” curriculum, story time at the library, local field trips downtown. Some of our past adventures include visits to:

  • A pumpkin patch

  • The theatre to see a children’s play

  • The fire station

  • Cow Café

  • The post office

“Play is vital to the development of children’s mathematical thinking.  Unlike some forms of knowledge, mathematical knowledge, which deals with relationships between and among things, cannot be learned by hearing adults talk about it.  Experimental research on play shows a strong relationship between play, the growth of mathematical understanding, and improved mathematical performance… Without play… children’s powers of mathematical reasoning would be seriously underdeveloped.”

 

Professor Ranald Jarrell, University of Arizona

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Play: The Profession of Children

 

Intelligence gets the biggest boost from play.  Renowned Professor Lev S. Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist & child development play theorist comments, “Children are at the highest level of their development when they are at play.”   During playtime, children learn basic developmental building blocks necessary for later academic success, and in fact they develop these building blocks better while playing than while in a traditional class(2).  When children play, they show an increase in creativity & problem solving.  Play helps make meaning in a child ’s world, it helps them learn about themselves, and equally crucial, it helps them to learn how to get along with others.  In fact, play is the key to nurturing happy, highly-intelligent children.

Learn Through Play: How It Works

Play Enhances Early Reading & Literacy Skills

Dramatic play feeds into literacy because it becomes practice for storytelling.  In imaginative play, a child opens the pages to new worlds & adventures that go well beyond what they could experience themselves. Children also become open to learning through others.  This ability to imagine and to create new environments is preparation for language, reading & problem solving.

Play Enhances Math Skills

An example:  A child builds with blocks & makes roads for Matchbox cars, learning that eight little blocks are as long as one big block.  This is math, and its fun!

Play is the Foundation of Science

It was Albert Einstein himself who pondered, “…play seems to be the essential feature in productive scientific thought – before there is any connection with logical construction in words or other kinds of signs that can be communicated to others.”

Play Results in More Individual Learning

Because children can play intensely during their center time, teachers have more time for meaningful one-on-one interactions with children. Group times are short & sweet because the children are typically able to participate & pay attention. The result is more productive time to learn, more time to be creative, and more time to have fun!

So while our preschool rooms may look a little like indoor playgrounds, mostly they’re designed to encourage & promote learning in a playful way.  We acknowledge that children need us to help them get going in their play — by providing stimulating environments and by entering in and injecting important knowledge from the wider world.    Join our fun and discover how play is the answer to how we build happy, healthy, & intelligent children!

1  Bodrova & Leong (2001) “The Importance of Being Playful”
2  Hirsh-Pasek & Golinkoff (2003) Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

As a Christian preschool, we believe that a child’s first school experience can set the course for discovering God’s unique plan and purpose for everyone.

We fill our school year with hands-on experiences incorporated into theme-based curriculums. Together we discover that learning is fun, and life is an adventure.

Philosophy

We believe that a “learn through play” philosophy enriches the natural learning process of young children. 

Skills & Attitudes

Research shows that an emphasis on play does not detract from academic learning but actually enables & accelerates children’s learning.

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Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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