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Village Methodist Day School

1001 Rock Island Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33068

Phone:
(954) 721-3920

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We observe the child to plan the activities he/she need in order to support and encourage his/her growth in a natural and respetful way. We document his/her work to assess the development in a more accurate way.

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
  • Props, Puppets, dramatic play, books in every interest area, dictation throughout the day
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • blocks, manipulatives, concrete materials to internalize size, quantities, weight; geoboards, bubbles, boxes, cars, patterns, cubes, timers, graphs, etc
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
  • cooking area and activities, sensorial materials, magnets, ramps, books, field trips, nature walks, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD player, singing, physical activiites for coordination, rhymes, tapes, cds, headphones,
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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 Values, Social Studies

From the Director:

We are implementing the Creative Curriculum in our center, which is research based in the theories of Maslow, Erickson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, Smilansky, among others. The Creative Curriculum designes the different classroom according to ages and stage where the child is at, by daily schedule for preschoolers and daily routines for infantsd and toddlers. The Creative Curriculum bases the activities on the natural develoment of the child, from the center of the brain to the outside, from top to bottom, from the chest to the hands, respecting the steps of growth, the rhythm of the child and the individualities, and understanding how children develop and learn. A desig of the Developmental Continuum is our frame to follow the child and his/her progress. The environment is divided in interest Areas which are outdoors, computers, cooking, music and movement, sand and water, discovery, library, art, toys and games, gramatic play and blocks. Teachers and Parents are active participants at planning the right path to follow for each specific chld. Parent participation is vital in our curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We plan "Small Groups" to guide and orient children according with the stage of development they are at. During Choice Time, the teachers sits, interects and purposely conversates and develops activities with the child she had planned to.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Village Methodist Day School believes in providing our students with a nurturing Christian environment. We recognize that every child is a unique gift from God. We believe if a child receives a foundation of learning from a Christian perspective, this foundation will enable all children to reach their potential, celebrate their success and feel the joy of the Lord as well as the excitement of learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We start the year with the "Orientation Meeting" to address the dynamics of the school, explain the curriculum and the activities planned for the year.

An open House takes place in November to demonstrate what it is the children and teachers do during their time at school.

There are three assessments during the year: pre-assessment in the fall, where the teacher and the parent sit after one month into school, to talk about where the child is developmentally. Together they set milestones and plan activities for school and home. The same will happen in the winter and at the end of the year, in the spring. The input of both, teachers and children is crucial to be thuthful and fair to the stage the child is at.

If the parent needs another meeting, it will be arranged.

Daily or weekly reports go home to inform the families what the child has been doing and what the teacher feels reinforcement from home is necessary.

Monthly Newsletters go home to announce the activities of the following month and the achievements of the month that is finishing.

Once a month, Director and Parents sit together for a Workshop about Values and to address any concern or idea they may have.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We handle it one-on-one cases.