Age: 4-5 years old
Day/Time: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00am -1:00 pm
Class size: 15 children with a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher
The curriculum supports and is aligned with the Virginia’s Department of Education’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-and Five Year -Olds.
The curriculum incorporates monthly themes for a focused integration of skill development of oral/written language, science, math, art, music and dramatic play. These skills are taught at an age appropriate fundamental level throughout the year. Students create and participate in activities and projects that assist in all areas of skill development.
Incorporated throughout the program are:
- Fine and gross motor skill development
- Chapel and worship time as well as daily Bible study
- Field trips and community exploration
- Guided/focused facilitated play
- Development of problem solving and decision making skills
- Development of personal independence and responsibility
- Art and music appreciation and development
- Involvement with community and church volunteers to enhance student learning
Fees: Tuition is $150 per month. Registration fee is $100 ($75 if paid by March 1st) Reduced registration and monthly tuition for second or more child(ren).
Pre-K Lead Teacher Billie Jean Elmer has a B.S. and M.Ed. in Education from VA Tech and Virginia State University, respectively. Along with classroom teaching experience, she has over 16 years of experience as a 4-H Youth Development Agent. Mrs. Elmer has extensive experience in traditional and non-formal education, with a strong background in curriculum and instruction. She is a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and sings and plays in the vocal and bell choirs, as well as serving in other church leadership positions. Mrs. Elmer has taught Pre-K at Bethlehem UM Preschool for over 4 years.
Pre K Assistant Teacher Terra Vaughan went to school to earn a B.S. in Psychology with a special interest in Child Psychology. During college, she volunteered as an aide at Moneta Elementary School, working in kindergarten classes. She spent three years at Bethlehem United Methodist Preschool, teaching both he Thrilling Three’s and Terrific Two’s classes. She substituted in all classes last year and returns to us this year as Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K class. She enjoys spending one on one time to see the child’s personality shine and focus on areas they may be struggling to develop.