Philosophy

Our Vision Statement

By engaging in safe, memorable experiences, each child will grow in the likeness of God while developing their individual talents and strengths.  Through active learning, creative exploration, and play, each child will have the opportunity to be an enthusiastic learner. Together in partnership, the home and the school will positively enhance each child’s first educational experience.

 

Background and Philosophy

Humpty Dumpty, a parent-owned cooperative established in 1966, is both alike and different from other good schools for three- and four-year-old children. The school is owned by the parents of the children who are currently enrolled. The high level of parental involvement allows tuition rates to be kept to a minimum while maintaining a high quality preschool program.

Predetermined class size and favorable adult-child ratios insure a maximum of individual attention for each child. The positive influences of both teachers and parents, working closely together, creates an extended family atmosphere in the classroom. This relationship provides an excellent bridge between home and school. Not only does the enrollment of a child at Humpty Dumpty provide opportunities for the child to become acquainted with new friends and their parents, it also provides the same opportunity for parents to form friendships.

The Board of Directors of Humpty Dumpty Preschool is chosen to represent the majority of parents. The board manages the business of the school, which includes securing a location for the school, hiring qualified staff, providing funding for curriculum and equipment, scheduling and training parent helpers, and administering help to the teachers in various ways. It is vital to the success of the school that the board provides support, physically and emotionally, to the staff in order for the school to function smoothly.

The most important goals the teachers and parents have for the children are to insure that each child feels loved and secure while at school and that they have many opportunities to learn individually, in small groups, and in large groups.

The curriculum is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, to provide social development and encourage creative expression. A “hands on” or constructivist philosophy guides the planning and implementation of activities in dramatic play, block building, wood working, teacher-guided and self-guided art, rhythm and music, language experiences, and Biblical teachings. Thematic based centers will also engage the children in science, math, and literacy activities that are cognitively and developmentally designed to meet the goals as set by the Missouri State Standards.

The teachers are responsible for planning and carrying out the program or curriculum, providing a safe, healthy and happy environment, establishing opportunities for social and intellectual growth for each child, and maintaining close communication with each family and with the members of the board. Because the teachers are the constant in the organization, it is important for them to establish a cooperative rapport with the church liaison and minister of the church where the school is located.

Parents serve as “parent helpers” on a rotating basis under the guidance of the teachers who communicate curriculum plans and responsibilities to the parent helpers at the beginning of each day.  Responsibilities include assisting as extra pairs of hands (or laps) to help the teacher carry out the planned curriculum, providing snack and beverage for all children, and helping maintain a safe, clean, and well organized environment for learning.