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First United Methodist School

4845 Brockton Ave
Riverside, CA 92506-0134

(951) 683-4500


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The goal of our program is to offer a safe and nurturing Christian environment for children. We emphasize social experiences , age-appropriate learning experiences and activities to enhance physical health and development. We believe that children develop continuously through a series of stages at their own individual paces. Children need a place to be themselves and a place to work. Their play is their work, it is how they learn. For this reason our curriculum includes teacher-initiated (structured) activities, free-play (child selected,) large and small muscle activities and time for social interaction. Children are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills through choice making, problem solving, and discovery learning.
We believe parents are the single most important influence in a child's life. On going communication between you, your child and the staff will help your child's progress and will make the transition between home and Kids First more comfortable for him and/or her. We offer a variety of communication channels. Communication between parents and staff can give us important clues for future planning."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school