My daughter spent one delightful year here after two years at another nearby (very expensive) preschool. The teachers here are fabulous and caring, and the director runs a tight ship (which is absolutely necessary). The activities are age-appropriate while being intellectually stimulating-- inventive art projects, free writing, clever songs, lots of stories and books, gardening and other outdoor projects, etc. The school always has kids engaged enthusiastically in various activities (both in the rooms and in the yards), but there is never any chaos (as in the other preschool we attended) and children are taught in a kind manner to be kind to each other. They are encouraged to try new things. This preschool expects parents to be involved, which is great preparation for your family, because parent involvement is important for your child's success at the local elementary schools. I've seen kids from "academically" oriented preschools enter kindergarten with supposedly better knowledge of reading and math-- and believe me, it does not place them in a better situation in kindergarten. You should visit this school and get a sense of the wonderful environment there.
The teachers and staff are very pretentious. When you first visit you will think what an adorable school and great curriculum. However, they just let the kids play and do only 20% teaching. I've witnessed their way of disciplining which is to embarrass a child and make that child feel horrible. Don't let this school mislead you. They are unfriendly, unkind and they make sure you feel grateful that they are letting YOU attend their school.
The Preschool at Claremont United Methodist was an amazing experience for my two sons, who each spent 2 years there. Now that my youngest is in kindergarten and my oldest is in 3rd grade I can fully appreciate their preschool experiences. From the start, they loved attending. The director and staff made every child feel welcome every single day. There were always engaging activities planned for every type of learner. They learned how to problem solve, get along with others, and love learning. On the days I was privileged enough to complete the Parent Participation days I was in awe of the teachers and their program. (I've taught elementary school for 16 years and know when I see good teaching.) When my boys moved on to kindergarten they were very well-prepared. They had spent their preschool years participating in developmentally appropriate play-based learning rather than completing worksheets. I can't thank their preschool director enough for her expertise in knowing what preschoolers need to be successful, happy learners!
Who sad to have parents like the one below who feels she is entitled to having whatever she wants as soon as she enters a place. I am sure if the director stereotyped it wasn t because she was being malicious but doing her JOB. When we were at the preschool both my son and daughter truly enjoyed it, were happy and they LOVED school! I was also able to be a part of many parent-child bonding activities such as going on walking field trips, family picnics, classroom plays, family night out, star gazing, and the volunteering during the summer enrichment program! (Where yes they group the children .and do car washes, toy washes, sand castles, camping and much more summer fun activities!) Too bad they didn t have these kind of schools when I was growing up! Oh and the teachers are soooooo nice! Can be costly but definitely worth it!
my husband and i had a list of preschools to go to and Cumns was the first on the list we walked in with our three year old son and was greeted by the director she was funny and warm and put all of our fears as parents to rest she told us about the program, and we were hooked , she took us on a tour of the classroom and my child immediately wanted to be involved needless to say we didnt go to any of the other schools. i was reading some of the other comments and i feel it necessary to defend the director the comments said that ,she said by looking at a child she will place them that is not what she says she says that by observing there child over a period of time she will place them, a child does not have to speak to show where they should be placed, ever heard the saying actions speak louder than words!!!!!!!! does it really matter were your child's room is as long as they are learning and happy sorry that your daughter didn't get into the purple room i think someone has room envy its not about the color its about the child i"m happy to say that my child is in the green room with miss Erica, learning and happy i cant say enough about all of the teachers and Jeri good job !!
This school is HORRIBLE!! My daughter and I walked into her office and immediatly she told me that my 3 yr. old would be in the green room. My friend's 3 yr.old was placed in the purple room;therefore, I proceeded to ask how room placement was determined? Was it based on age, development, etc.? She proceeded to tell me that by looking at a child she could determine which room was best suited for them. I found this disturbing because my daughter did not even open her mouth and yet she was labeled "Green Room". How dare she label my child without merit!! Confused and disturbed, I asked how she could stereotype like that. She responded by asking me if I worked? She then explained that for those who are employed they "just know certain things pertaining to their job." WOW, A preschool director that stereotypes! FYI... the kids that were there for summer session were between the ages of 2-5 (grouped together) and scrubbing toys with tooth brushes.... I was mortified! This is nothing but an expensive daycare and the director needs to learn a few life lessons herself! Little did she know that as soon as we left, my so-called "Green Room" child said "Mommy, that lady was ridiculous!!!!"
School is good, teachers are good and co operative. The frustrating part is there are lot of fund rising activities. Parent need to participate in most of those. If we calculate all contributions plus tuition fee almost equals to any other preschool direct tuition fee. I can not say this preschool is the least expensive. It seems like that but really its not.
This school does not teach the basic academics that pre-kinder kids need. There is little to no focus on letter learning or number writing. Your child will have tons of fun attending this school but they may not be fully prepared for kindergarten. Be prepared. We were not and now our child is behind on his kinder skills.
I am so happy to have found a great preschool for my daughter. She loves going to school, and has grown so much since starting there. I love that she is learning through play, and couldn't ask for a better preschool.