First Wesleyan Christian School’s academic preschool offers ten small self-contained academic classrooms for over 120 preschoolers ages 2-5. Preschoolers at FWCS start learning traditional A Beka phonics as two-year-olds and finish as four-year-olds knowing most of the essential concepts and skills that typical public school kindergarteners learn in kindergarten.
The First Wesleyan Christian preschool staff believes that children are gifts from God and should be treated with kindness, love, and compassion. We also believe that children are naturally curious and are born with a desire to learn and a need to feel loved and cared for.
FWCS is a state-licensed preschool whose teachers still have full freedom to proactively teach and model Christian truths and values throughout the school day.
Jesus is still Lord at FWCS.
It is our goal to create an atmosphere where children can develop academically, physically, socially, and spiritually while being encouraged to reach their full potential. Finding the right preschool can be challenging and overwhelming. It is a decision that should be made only after much consideration and prayer. Should you have questions concerning our unique academic preschool program, our door is always open, FWCS's preschool is fully licensed by the state of North Carolina. Thank you for your interest in FWCS preschool.
Preschoolers receive intense fun, academic instruction related to phonics, numbers, and reading readiness skills.
All classes use the proven A Beka curriculum.
Small preschool classroom sizes. During the majority of the preschool day, we have 14 teachers and helpers for 120 preschoolers (a 9:1 student/teacher ratio).
Many of FWCS's four year olds graduate from preschool with the ability to phonetically read various simple words.
FWCS allows seasonal workers, e.g., school teachers, the freedom to withdraw their children for the summer months without having to pay a penalty to hold their child(ren)'s preregistered class slots for fall classes.
Curriculum and enrollment requirements for preschool
FWCS's A Beka curriculum introduces students to the letters of the alphabet and the early concept of numbers through songs, stories, and games. At FWCS children learn the names, sounds, and pictures of all letters of the alphabet. Bible is taught daily through Scripture verses, songs, poems, and chapels. Language development lessons provide a thematic approach to vocabulary enrichment through studying various topics, such as continents, animals, inventors, and cultures.
K2 students learn to count to 25 and to recognize numbers 1-10, while K3 students learn to count to 50 and to recognize numbers 1-15. Preschool students often participate in fun-filled, enrichment activities that expose them to art, music, P.E., and Spanish. The K2/K3 curriculum is divided into 40 weeks of academic instruction that commences the last week of August and ends the last week of May.
FWCS's K4 ABeka curriculum for four year olds introduces the basics of reading, handwriting, and counting. Fun-filled enrichment classes expose children to art, music, P.E., drama, and Spanish. Bible is taught daily through Scripture memorization, songs, poems, and chapels.
Our goal is to equip our students with the skills necessary for kindergarten success. Many of our graduating K4 preschool students exhibit beginning reading skills by year's end. The K4 curriculum is divided into 170 daily sessions that commence the last week of August and end the last week of May.
Students enrolling in FWCS's K2 preschool program must be two years old before they can start attending classes.
Students enrolling in the K3 preschool class must be three years old on or before September 1 of the current year.
In preparation for K4 preschool, your child must be four years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year.
First Wesleyan's preschool program operates five days a week and is open year-round. Tuition fees are based on our operating hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m, lunch at 11 a.m., and an afternoon snack is served at 2:00 p.m.
The children nap from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Planned afternoon activities are provided from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The academic portion of our day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
FWCS seeks to develop the whole child in all facets including spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual
Christian teachers both model and teach children to:
Loving, caring teachers encourage children to:
A safe, positive Christian environment enables and encourages children to:
Fun and enriching learning activities
Since preschool is a child's first educational experience, FWCS believes the preschool classroom should be a fun, warm place where children can feel secure, can feel good about themselves, and can have various enriching opportunities to explore the world of nature, numbers, and language arts.
Although FWCS's preschool program stresses early academics, another major aim of its program is that children have fun while they are learning academic concepts and developing social and physical skills. Activities that enrich learning include sign language, creative movement, P.E. activities, etc.
All preschoolers are exposed to various enriching science and social studies activities.
Gross motor skills are developed through activities such as running, skipping, throwing, catching balls, etc.
Fine motor skills are developed through activities such as coloring, printing, cutting, etc.
My oldest daughter attended FWCS 18 years ago. At this time we have a son in second grade and one in Pre-K. During all of our years at FWCS I can honestly and proudly say have been happy ones. The school’s hand-picked staffs are always among the best, top of the line in Gaston County.
— FWCS Parent