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Bethelview United Methodist

4525 Bethelview Rd
Cumming, GA 30040-5740

Phone:
(770) 205-9656

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The goal of our program is to nurture and encourage every child’s positive self-image in an atmosphere of love and caring. A Christian environment provides the setting for the early childhood curriculum which offers opportunities for each child to grow in the awareness of God. Young children learn by doing. Activities at Bethelview UMC Preschool are planned to present topics in many different ways, such as finger plays, songs, stories and art experiences. Our rooms are set up with learning centers, which allow each child to choose and move to specific learning activities. Opportunities for large and small group interaction as well as independent choices are presented. Since children learn many valuable concepts in the ―process of play, please be aware that they don’t always bring finished products home. Children develop pre-reading and pre-writing skills through art by learning to visually discriminate between colors, textures and shapes and by exercising their small muscles as they work with crayons, scissors and paintbrushes. Pretend to be a two, three, four or five-year old child again. What would be more fun? Having circles, squares and triangles in all different colors put before you so you could glue them in any creative way you desired? Or, having the teacher tell you ―Put a red square on the bottom. Now put a blue triangle on top of the square. Now put a yellow circle on the very top. And look; now you have all made a tower! And in which instance did the child learn more? So if your child doesn’t bring home a ―teacher created project every day, be assured: they have experienced art in the classroom that day! Through water play, children learn basic science concepts: Properties of water and objects and basic math concepts by measuring amounts. While playing in the block center, children have the opportunity to explore the math concepts: (1) Estimation – how many? How much? How tall? (2) Balance - building a tower, stacking large and small blocks; (3) Classifying - grouping according to size and shape. When children participate in dramatic play, they learn other valuable pre-reading and pre-writing skills. They enjoy drawing and making the props to be used: Tickets, menus, labels, etc. It is also an excellent center for emotional development. It offers children safe ways to explore their fears, anger and anxieties through role playing. It offers an opportunity to work through many of life’s real issues. When children play outdoors, they are developing language and social skills by talking. "Watch me!" negotiating, sharing, creating order and rules, and trying out leadership roles. Each day is structured to allow alternating time for busy, active play and quiet activities. Science, manipulatives, numbers and counting are other developmental activities included in our curriculum. Our music program includes Expressive singing and Rhythm Activities. The bonus for your child is that Research shows that music, introduced at an early age, actually ―maps out the circuitry in the brain, increasing intelligence and making them a better performer academically.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bethelview UMC Preschool is a half-day private Christian preschool. Our mission is to provide an outstanding academic education grounded in Christian faith and values. Bethelview United Methodist Preschool is open to children ages 12 months through five years of age of all races, religions, creeds, colors or national origins. Our school offers instruction to children in a small school setting at the level most appropriate to their development.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation