Preschool Curriculum & Activities
The curriculum at First United Methodist Preschool is based on a unit approach and focuses on the individual child. We combine a focus on God's love for everyone, with The Creative Curriculum For Preschoolers, a varied curriculum which provides assessment, planning and daily tasks which give each child success, and challenges in many areas of learning. Our curriculum addresses the following goals:
  • help the child to know, value, and express himself
  • understand his feelings and find acceptable ways to handle his own emotions
  • help the child grow in his/her understanding of God and His love
  • value and respect the rights of himself and others
  • promote self-help in taking care of individual needs
  • work and play cooperatively with others
  • experience making choices
  • work with a reasonable task until it is completed
  • gain a sense of accomplishment
  • explore, manipulate, and draw conclusions
  • provide opportunities for fine and large motor development
  • experience the formality of a school setting balanced with a warm and loving atmosphere

Opportunities for creative expression are provided for the child at First United Methodist Preschool through activities which include the following...

  • sharing of personal experiences
  • picture reading and interpretation
  • dramatic play
  • storytelling, use of fingerplays, poems, and rhymes
  • help promote self-confidence through satisfactory experiences
  • encourage the use of the five senses
  • allow the child to be imaginative
  • allow for the release of anxieties and aggressive feelings
  • allow the child to think for himself
  • arouse a variety of feelings and provide a means of identifying those feelings
  • promote feelings of well-being through the enjoyment of music for music's sake
  • use of a variety of art mediums
  • encourage creative body movements
  • to experience perceptual, intellectual, and conceptual development along with language and listening development
  • to become aware of and recognize colors and shapes
  • to become aware of and recognize letters of the alphabet
  • to reproduce beginning sounds
  • recognize the numerals 0-10 and be able to associate the number of objects with a given numeral