Windcrest United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A Spirited Community Serving the World
Our preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms celebrate Chapel Service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Sanctuary. It is important to us that the children participate in a planned service where fellowship is shared and the Word of God is heard and praised. Each child receives a Faith at Home activity at the end of each Chapel Service. The Faith at Home activity will include a written version of the Bible story of the week, an activity and a small gift.
Learning Through Movement
All of our children participate in this class twice a month. Through music and movement, students strengthen their large and small motor skills, coordination, flexibility, endurance, awareness of bodies and space, and cognitive growth to include memory and communication.
In-House Field Trips
All of our classrooms participate in our In-House Field Trips. Twice a month we will provide visitors that enhance the children's curriculum experience. Some visitors include the Fire Department, the Magik Children's Theater, The Institute of Texan Cultures, Ms. Anastasia - Storytellwe, Mad Science and much, much more...
Computers and Technology
Our preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms have computer stations equipped with laptops and software to enhance their academic and spiritual growth and development.
School-Wide Special Events
All of our children and their families participate in many school-wide special events throughout the school year. These events include Grandparents' Day, Pumpkin Patch, Thanksgiving Day Celebration, Christmas Program, Rodeo Day, Week of the Young Child events, Fiesta Parade, St. Jude Trike-a-Thon, a the Parent Organization-sponsored End of the Year Picnic.
Spanish Inclusion Program
The Spanish language will be introduced and included in the classroom. Children will be exposed to general vocabulary and conversational phrases through the use of songs, books, games and computers.
Our primary goal is to develop a positive relationship and bond with each infant and their family that creates the foundation for us to support their growth and development. Each child receives their own individualized development plan that includes activities and experience to promote their social/emotional, language, motor and cognitive development. Our low ratios ensure that every infant receives the care they need and deserve.
Throughout the year, each child gets to take home a suitcase filled with fun manipulatives to help strengthen their fine motor skills. They are enjoyed over the weekend and then brought back for a friend to take home.
The Caring Tree
Children celebrate the month of February with their own classroom Caring Tree. To help promote kindness, sharing and helping, we will use a strip of paper to form a caring link each time we are kind. Each link is hung on the Caring Tree and the children get to watch it grow longer and longer.
Brownie: The Hibernating Bear
Brownie is put into his cave and the children say goodnight, after reading Bear Snores On. Children are encouraged to be quiet when they play close by and when they check on him during his "nap" so that they don't wake him up early. The class sings songs about hibernation and about other animals that also "sleep." A spring party is had when Bear comes out of hibernation! The children take turns feeding him "berries."
Throughout the year, a small jar is sent home with each student. They fill up the jar with special items and return it to school. The children then guess how many items are in the jar. Mathematical skills are practiced when the items are removed and counted.
Adventures of Gingerbread Man
A Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt culminates the end of the preschool lesson on gingerbread during the month of December. The children follow the clues and hunt for him around school. Once found, they enjoy the yummy treat.
Each year the preschool classroom celebrates Earth Day with a bang! You may find children planting trees, growing gardens and honoring the earth. What will they do this year?
Adventures of Ted (the teddy bear)
Introduced the first week of school. Every child takes "Ted" home for the weekend and writes a short story documenting Ted's time with the child. Ted hibernates in the winter and the children wake him in the spring.
The Runaway Bunny
The classroom reads The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown in the spring. The bunny's mom needs the children's help in finding him. Family members are asked to send postcards from various places around the country and world saying they have seen the Runaway Bunny and what he was doing. Map skills are used by the children to track where the bunny has been.
Every child gets to choose a book to take home and complete a book report - draw a pictures of their favorite part of the book and share it with the class.
Each child takes a math game home over the weekend to share with their family.
Children learn about famous artists and their works. They are given the opportunity to explore various art mediums. They paint like Jackson Pollack, create geometric pictures in the style of Mondrian and use chalk to draw lying on their back like Michelangelo.
The children learn about Eric Carle as an artist and author. They bring his pictures and words to life as they recreate his stories by dramatizing them.
The children are the stars of the program as they act out the story of Jesus' birth.
Scholastic Weekly Reader
The Pre-K students enjoy reading the Scholastic Weekly Reader that the mailman brings to them.