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Aloma United Methodist Prschl

3045 Aloma Ave
Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 671-0947


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We believe in the development of the whole child, socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. Within the first month of school the children are assessed and the curriculum is tailored to meet their individual developmental needs. We accomplish this through what children do best – PLAY.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our approach to learning is play based. Children's play is their work. Everything that the children do throughout their day is meant to enhance their learning, from playing in the block center to writing their name on their artwork. But our emphasis is to do this in a fun way so children want to learn and be a part. Using the child's imagination and extending their learning are all encompasses in our curriculum so that children, with the teacher's help, are guided into learning and developing their minds and bodies.

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

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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 Gymnastics are an optional choice after school

From the Director:

We use the Creative Curriculum and always we have our own in-house curriculum that is theme based. It encompasses exploring, colors, shapes, an art element each month such as form or textures, or patterns, etc. We have a science theme, a language emphasis, a music emphasis, an author or the month, an alphbet focus and a math focus. Each teacher takes these themes and incoporates them into her classroom taking into account their individual students interests, strengths and weaknesses.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is evaluated shortly after the children begin attending our school. From that evaluation we find where children are in their developmental progress. If children are weaker in one are the teacher will make sure that there are sufficient opportunities within the day to help those skills to strengthen. If a child is further in their development then most of the children the teacher will make sure to bring into the classroom the kinds of opportunites that the particular child will be interested in and help them to move to the next level of their development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Aloma ECLC we understand that play is how children learn. Our expectations are that the teachers provide a successful preschool environment, using a developmentally appropriate curriculum of hands-on activities. Helping each child develop to his or her full potential spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually is our goal. We want your child to enter kindergarten “ready to learn” and we will strive to create an environment where learning is fun and exploration is a part of learning. Aloma Preschool will provide children with the kind of environment that will encourage them to learn, grow and be happy.
We strive to provide a curriculum that is consistent, theme-based, challenging and provides abundant opportunities to learn. Our curriculum incorporates the philosophies and theories of the best child development specialists in education and brain research as well as the tenets of Christian education. This developmentally appropriate curriculum meets the highest standards of excellence.

A Typical Day

When you bring your child to school you may either walk them in or use the carpool line. Children are greeted warmly and with much enthusiasm by our teachers. Once inside the classroom a typical schedule will include fine motor activies, snack time, small group time with the teacher and larger group time with all the children. There will be center time, where children can pick where they want to play in the classroom. These centers include dramatic play, quiet area with lots of books, sand and water play, a writing center, a block center and an area for playing tabletop games. They will attend our Exploratory Learning Program where they will focus on music, movement, science and the process of art. Lunchtime is a part of our day as well as playground. Once a week we have Chapel services.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a mandatory parent meeting before school begins in order to let parents know the ways in which we will communicate and the ways our school runs, the pholosophy of learning and what to expect from us. Teachers keep parents informed with weekly newsletters and calendars. Observations are documented to help the teachers keep a running tab on how a child is progressing and reports this to the parents when appropriate. Assessments are done twice a year and we have an open door policy where a parent can come and talk to a teacher or staff member at any time. We keep parents informed of community activities, parent education classes that are available, services in the community, etc. We are welcome and open to parent questions and try to accomodate all parents to the best ability that we can.

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
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

After the initial meeting of the teacher and spending some time in the classroom with just parent, child and teacher we ask parents on the first day of school to bring their child in, stay for a few minutes, give them a hug and kiss goodbye and then to take their leave. We let parents know that if a child is having trouble we will always call them if we think they have "had enough" for the day. A parent is welcome to call anytime and ask us to check on a child throughout the day. We know that the first week is always the roughest and we strive to make it the best it can be for parent, child and teacher.