Pre-Kindergarten

Our classes of Pre-Kindergarteners meet on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursdays from 9:30-1:30p.  In these classes, there are up to nine children with one teacher and a part-time aide.  Students must be four years old by September 1st of the year they enter Covenant UMC Preschool in a Pre-K class.

We know how important it is for children to be prepared for elementary school.  Our Pre-K teachers are certified with degrees in education.  They also have had their own children graduate from Covenant’s Pre-K program, so they know what parents expect from a preschool.  These classes provide a balanced curriculum divided between academic and play-based learning.

We believe in supporting the development of the whole child.  Skills developed include, but are not limited to:

  • Language: developing vocabulary through literature, music, and daily activities.
  • Literacy: introducing and reviewing letters, letter sounds, and reading skills.
  • Writing: practicing letter formation with salt, shaving cream, sand paper, chalk, and writing tools.
  • Math: developing skills such as counting, sets, patterns, and number concepts.
  • Science:  learning how to predict, measure, observe, and conclude through hands-on activities.
  • Fine motor: preparing students for correct pencil grip through activities that strengthen the hand.
  • Social/emotional: developing problem-solving skills when interacting with other children.
  • Spiritual: developing an understanding of God through prayer, Bible stories, songs, and chapel time.

Views of some of our Pre-K Classrooms

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A parent says:

“I was helping in [my child’s elementary school] class this morning while they were reading the morning message.  The teacher writes a note to the class and as she points to each word, the kids try to read it aloud.  In the class are [five former students from Covenant UMC Preschool].  Out of the entire class of 21 kids, they were the ONLY  ones reading the big words!  Well done, teachers!”

 

A Kindergarten teacher says about a former CUMC Preschool student:

“She must have gone to a really great preschool, because she was prepared so well for Kindergarten.”