Grace United Methodist Preschool is known for the value it places on each child’s development, founded on sound educational practices and Christian values.
We base our instructional program on The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, (Dodge, Colker, Heroman) and Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. These research-based curricula integrate appropriate early learning standards with more recent trends in academic content for early learners.
We are attentive to the developmental stages of each child’s growth. Through purposeful observation, we plan for the individual child within the context of the whole group. By teaching in ways that match how children develop and learn, we are able to demonstrate positive outcomes. We seek to provide experiences that stimulate and encourage:
- Social & Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Cognitive Development
- Language Development
The Christian faith is shared in natural ways throughout the day. We have a Children’s Chapel twice a month for all classes. Although we do not impose our doctrinal beliefs, it is our goal to help children feel that they are loved by God.
Our curriculum is based on Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. The Foundation Blocks are comprehensive standards of learning that encompass cognitive skills, attentiveness, motivation, and self-control.
A preschooler’s brain growth is 90% complete by age 5. There are milestones they should reach in terms of learning, speaking, acting and play. Grace Preschool recognizes how vital it is that a preschooler receives adequate stimulation and experiences at an early age.
The Foundation Blocks encourage meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the following subject areas:
- History and Social Science
- Health and Physical Development
- Personal and Social Development
- Visual Arts