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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.
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.
7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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.
2:30 p.m.-6:00 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:
View themselves and the world as God's creations.
View God as a loving and caring heavenly Father.
Obey the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.
Trust Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and Friend.
Loving, caring teachers encourage children to:
Become emotionally secure when separated from their parents and homes.
Develop good self-images and "I can" attitudes.
A safe, positive Christian environment enables and encourages children to:
Develop positive social skills such as playing fairly, sharing toys, taking turns, and respecting others.
Develop desirable social graces and manners.
Say "please," "thank you," "may I," etc.
Practice the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.
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.
Recognition of colors
Recognition of basic shapes
Recognition of all letters (name, sound, and upper and lower case)
Number concepts to 10
Recognition of colors
Recognition of basic shapes
Recognition of all letters (name, sound, formation of upper and lower case)
Number concepts to 15. Counting 1–30
Sequencing of numbers, shapes, and sizes
Writing their names
Recognition of all colors, shapes, and letters of the alphabet
Knowledge of various phonic principles such as sounding out blends, short vowels, two vowel rule, etc
Ability to read blends and simple sentences
Ability to write upper and lower case letters
Numbers 1–20 (recognition, concept, writing)
Numerical concepts regarding large/smaller, before/after, and more/less
Adding number combinations up to 10 (1+9=10)
Health and personal hygiene concepts