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First United Methodist Church-Wichita - Pre-School

330 North Broadway
Wichita, KS 67202

Phone:
(316) 267-6244
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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program and curriculum is designed with a Christian foundation to provide a variety of learning experiences for your child. We recognize that young children learn best through active involvement with their environment. The learning experiences are age appropriate promoting growth and development .

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
  • patterns, counters, sequencing, graphing
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
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 Technology

From the Director:

We acknowledge that children learn at different rates somewhere along a developmental continuum. Children learn best when they can control and act upon their environment. Therefore, our teachers develop their own lesson plans that include hands on activities and choices appropriate to each childâ??s developmental stage. Lesson plans are in a theme approach, which allows for a wide variety of classroom experiences. Teachers use the goals and objectives from our curriculum framework, a variety of early childhood resources, and creative ingenuity to design appropriate and exciting units for the classroom. It is in preschool where playing becomes a learning environment. Our experienced teachers use every moment as teachable moments, ready for the unexpected to turn into something learned by each child in the classroom.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Assessment is the process of observing, photographing, collecting child work samples, and documenting how children play, work, and interact. The purpose of assessment is to determine a childâ??s progress in social-emotional, physical, cognitive and language development areas based upon the Creative Curriculum Development Continuum. Teacherâ??s continually use observations and assessing techniques, to develop appropriate curriculum that will fit the needs of the children in their classroom on an individual level. Teachers share information with parents regarding their childâ??s progress throughout the year in the form of childrenâ??s work, verbal discussions with parent, and written notes in Bee books. Teachers, along with parents, create goals for the childâ??s development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

First United Methodist Church Preschool recognizes parents/guardians as the primary faith givers and teachers of young children. We join in partnership with them to help children to develop his/her full potential. We will also encourage parents in their role by providing resources, opportunities for parent-child interaction, and educational support. We believe that learning occurs when children are loved, accepted and respected. In our care, your child will have opportunities for discovery, interaction with peers, creative expression, and formation of independence in a Christian environment. In Preschool, play becomes the learning mechanism.