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First Friends Preschool of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin

455 Scotland Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

Phone:
(727) 733-2111

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

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
  • Letter games
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Dancing scraves and streamers
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Easel painting
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Bi-Weekly Chapel & Bible Lesson Bi-Weekly Christian Music Class

From the Director:

Our teachers communicate and listen carefully to children's responses. Conversations help children build their vocabulary and writing skills. Small class sizes allow us to provide lots of individual care. We understand that children develop at their own rate. Children in our program learn to respect others, appreciate the world in which they live, and establish self-confidence. They leave our school with a strong foundation on which to build their academic future.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

As caregivers and teachers of young children, the staff of First Friends Preschool is required to meet all state and local requirements.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The main objective of the program is to provide a positive and inclusive Christian atmosphere for all children. Based on the theory that children learn through play, we provide classroom routines that encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition. Our children have the opportunity to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually to their fullest potential.

A Typical Day

Four Year Old Room Schedule/VPK 9AM-12PM is
Florida's Free Voluntary Pre Kindergarten for children age 4 before September 1st.

7:00-8:45 Arrival / Free Choice Play
8:45-9:00 Clean Up
9:00-9:15 Bathroom /Snack
9:15-9:25 Circle Time w/Music & Movement
9:25-9:45 Story Time Circle
9:45-10:30 Small Group & Center Time
10:30-10:45 Clean Up
10:45-11:00 Story Time Circle
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Play
11:45-12:00 Bathroom / Prepare for Lunch
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:45 Bathroom
12:45-2:30 Nap /Quiet Rest
2:30-2:45 Wake Up
2:45-3:00 Bathroom /Snack
3:00-3:45 Center Time
3:45-4:00 Clean Up
4:00-4:15 Story Time
4:15-5:00 Outdoor Play
5:00-5:15 Bathroom
5:15-5:20 Move to 3 Year Old Room
5:20-6:00 Quiet Play / Clean Up / Departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

First Friends Preschool is not an in home care center.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school