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Our Program

 

Curriculum

Age-Appropriate Education

Francis Asbury Preschool utilizes weekly thematic units as our curriculum. These units will mirror the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).

 

The lessons will be taught at an age-appropriate level so that the concepts are understood.

 

Spiritual Growth

In addition to the weekly units, the teachers will also discuss with the children our monthly religious concepts. Examples of these concepts are the following: Loving thy neighbor, God has created our world, Give Us Thanks. In addition to our religious concepts our children will be exposed daily to reciting of prayers and saying a blessing at meal times. Finally, all classes participate in a regularly scheduled chapel service led by a Francis Asbury UMC staff member.

What Makes Our Program Special​

  • We meet each child at their own level. We are able to do this because of our small ratios in each classroom.

  • We welcome all parents, grandparents, friends and extended family to participate and attend events at our school!

  • We have a completely open-door policy—come and visit the classroom any time you would like!

  • We offer a 4-hour school day.

  • We offer an extended day option for families who need a couple additional hours of care (12:30 - 2:30pm)

  • We offer a wonderful 6-hour Kindergarten program to help your child reach, achieve and grow beyond their educational goals!

A typical day at Francis Asbury Preschool begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The classes rotate between many structured activities ranging from music and movement, yoga and stretches (wiggle time), circle time, centers, art, journaling and individual time. All activities are age appropriate and change daily so that the children can expand and grow.

 

While the activities are structured, we certainly encourage and appreciate when a child or group of children are intrigued by an activity and take the direction in a new, bigger, and/or different direction than the teacher originally had planned.
 

Typical School Day​
Curriculum Highlights

Discovery Detectives

Each class attends Discovery Detectives with Ms. Brandi. During their weekly 20 minute class they explore the many concepts STEM, music and art offers us! Including (but certainly not limited to) primary and secondary colors, float and sink (buoyancy), dissolving solutions, different forms of matter (solid, liquids etc), a variety of artist as well as learning about health!  This program has been a wonderful addition to our school!

Chapel Time

We hold chapel time every week with one of our FAUMC family ministries team members. Each chapel lesson exposes the children to overviews of the Christian faith. We learn what the Sanctuary is. Why is it an important place? How we are all special and unique visions of God? And many more topics. We feel it is important to expose our young friends to Chapel time so that they are equipped to spread the word of God to those around them!

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are pleased to offer additional after-school programs for children ages 2–5, including:​​

  •     Discovery Detectives

  •     Kid Fit

 

Summer Camp

Our school year ends the week before Memorial Day. To extend the learning process we offer four-day summer camps, which are filled with adventure: campers receive a FAP water bottle, themed snack, crafts, in-house field trips and much more!

Kindergarten Class

We offer a Kindergarten class for children whose 5th birthday occurs before September 30th. Due to the intimate class size (no more than 10 children) teachers are able to vary instruction significantly lending itself to this class being a wonderful option for both children who are having a “bonus” year of Kindergarten as well as for students who will be moving onto 1st grade. we are able to individualize the learning for each child and take them further in their educational growth! 

 

FAP Kindergarten class instructs the children using hands on manipulatives and opportunities to expand the growth and understanding of the skills. FAP uses The Amazing Action alphabet program, Secret Stories (as a supplement source) and decodable leveled readers for small group reading time. FAP uses the Everyday Math and Scholastic Science Spin program. FAP follows the VA SOL’s as our framework when creating learning objectives. Additionally, our Kindergarten students experience P.E. instruction (with a PE teacher), technology instruction (usage of a school chromebooks), and off-premises field trips.  We believe all of these factors contribute to our students being more than prepared for the next step in their education journey. 

​Please contact the preschool director for additional details on our Kindergarten program.

Kindergarten
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