United Methodist Preschool Curriculum, the Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears are used as the basis for our program. We follow the SC School Readiness Guidelines,” Good Start, Grow Smart”, for 3, 4 & 5 year old children. Our teachers provide opportunities to encourage and to support the development of the individual child by providing an ever-changing variety of developmentally appropriate materials and equipment which facilitate opportunities for discovery and exploration, critical thinking and problem solving at each child’s own developmental pace. Each day brings opportunities to play, to investigate, and to express ideas through center-based hands-on experiences in:
FAMILY LIVING/DRAMATIC PLAY:
Planning, working, and cooperative play in an organized experience fosters social skills, role playing, creativity and problem solving.
Self-expression through the use of paints, clay, crayons, and other media emphasizing the process of creating, not the product is important to children
Enjoying stories, verse, rhyme, song, finger plays, conversation and dramatization.
Attending weekly music class in addition to daily music experiences including: responding rhythmically to singing, use of instruments, exploring different musical styles and composers.
Exploring spatial relationships, concepts of weight, symmetry and balance as well as cause and effect.
Providing opportunities to develop sorting, matching, classifying, patterning and eye-hand coordination skills.
SCIENCE AND DISCOVERY:
Providing opportunities for observation, inquiry, prediction, classification and comparison.
Exploring physical qualities of a variety of materials such as sand, water, rice, shaving cream and “goop”.
HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION:
Learning importance of good health habits and safety rules.
Learning and practicing good table manners and self help skills, developing healthy eating habits.
Weekly art classes for the 4 Year Old classes featuring the study of famous artists and the elements of art.
Visiting points of interest in and around the community to help the child establish appreciation of people who contribute to his life and to extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom.