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First United Methodist Church Preschool

800 West Fifth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 870-9174


We are a NAEYC accredited preschool, where children are nurtured, and given a wide variety of structured activities and free-play choices.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At FUMC Preschool, we encourage children to make friends, learn routines, gain independence, make choices, and learn at their own level. When our students go into kindergarten, they are prepared for all of the challenges that await them. But most importantly, they have learned to love school!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Children go to music every day, they have Spanish and science once a week, and Stretch-n-Grow as well. We go to chapel once a month.

From the Director:

Before any learning can take place, children need to feel loved and secure. Learning should also be fun, active, and meaningful. Our teachers use the Creative Curriculum to help them plan lessons. We look at children's learning in four areas: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Teachers have flexibility in planning lessons according to students' interests and changing needs. There is a balance between structured activities and free choices.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children work with teachers one-on-one and in small groups, so that they can work at their own level. Our classes are small enough that this is part of our daily routine.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of FUMC Preschool is to support and encourage the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth of children. Special attention is given to each child to foster positive self-image and emotional well-being. A wide range of both structured and unstructured experiences encourages creativity and exploration in preparation for rigorous academic learning.

A Typical Day

8:30 - 9:15 Before Care (This is optional)
9:15 - 9:30 Carpool Drop-off Line
9:30 - 10:00 Free Choice Centers and Art/Letters
10:00 - 10:15 Music & Spanish
10:15 - 10:45 Circle Time/Science
10:45 - 11:15 Outside Play
11:15 - 11:30 Story Time & Restroom Break
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:15 Clean up and Pack-up
12:15 - 12:30 Carpool Pick-up Line
12:30 - 2:30 Aftercare for 2's & 3's or Enrichment for 4's

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have time to briefly speak to parents at the beginning and end of each day. At this point we let each other know about any accomplishments or challenges at home or at school. After the first 6 weeks, we have a short conference to let parents know how their child is settling in to school. In March, we have parent conferences where we go over student progress and address any concerns. Teachers also send home monthly calendars that show what they are learning at school, so they can talk about activities and reinforce learning.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a Parent Orientation meeting before school starts, so parents can meet teachers, learn procedures, and become comfortable with our staff and our school. There is a Meet-the-Teacher Party the next day, so children can meet their friends and play in their new classroom, so it is a familiar place once they start school. During the first two weeks of school, we have extra staff on hand, ready to help wherever children need additional attention. The carpool line tends to help with separation anxiety, since the children are leaving the parents, rather than being left by the parents.