The preschool class is designed for three and four-year-olds. Part-time enrollment is often available, contingent upon space in the classroom. Children may attend just two or three days a week, for example, or only in the mornings.
Mrs. Dickerson teaches the preschool class. She….
At WFS, our goal is to nurture the development of the whole child. Our preschool education incorporates all of the following:
- Reading & Writing – access to developmentally appropriate books and writing materials will encourage literacy in even our youngest students
Math – exploring, manipulating, organizing and experiencing will lead to the development of early mathematical concepts and relationships.
Dramatic Play – props, dress-up clothing, and the imagination promote pretend and make believe.
Worship – all students participate in worship time each Monday morning. This may take place in the Worship Room at the school, or at Heartland Friends Meeting (walking distance to the school). This time is used to share Bible stories, teach lessons, open discussions about God, and sing His praises. This fosters a sense of community within our school and nurtures the Inner Light within each child.
- Circle Time – promotes a sense of belonging. Circle time may include discussions about the seasons, day of the week, month of the year, or may include counting activities and/or activities featuring letters of the alphabet. Circle time is also used for reading aloud, sharing with our friends, and singing.
Music – listening to music, playing instruments and singing as a group stimulates cognitive development, encourages creativity, and creates a sense of community within our school.
Art – access to materials and supplies stimulates curiosity and interest in creating works of art. Art also helps children to hone their fine motor skills and promotes positive self-esteem and self-expression.
Science – investigation, observation, and exploration combined with hands-on experiments to promote awareness of and appreciation for our natural surroundings.
- Physical Play – indoor and outdoor equipment supports gross motor development. Group activities encourage teamwork, but also begin to teach about sportsmanship and playing fairly.