Our classes of Pre-Kindergarteners meet on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday or 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
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.”