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.
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 two types of Kindergarten programs to suit your family needs!
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
Spanish & Music
We offer Spanish and music class every other week to extend the learning process. Each class has their own dedicated class time to ensure that we meet the needs of each class individually. Our music teacher follows the Kindergarten SOL’s to ensure our curriculum is well-rounded.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Each class attends STEM time with Ms. Ann. During their weekly 20 minute class they explore the many concepts STEM 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) and osmosis! The children look forward to their STEM time with Ms. Ann each week. This program has been a wonderful addition to our school!
We hold chapel time every week with our Pastors, Pastor Ed Martin and Associate Pastor Bob Friend. 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!
We are pleased to offer additional after-school programs for children ages 2–5, including:
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 & Kindergarten Enrichment Class
We offer a Kindergarten class and a Kindergarten Enrichment class for children whose 5th birthday occurs before September 30th.
All children who attend our Kindergarten Enrichment class in the morning (8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) also attend an afternoon Kindergarten class at John B. Dey Elementary School. Our Kindergarten teacher expands on the learning process by exposing the children to activities throughout the morning that will enrich upon the lessons taught at John B. Dey in the afternoon.
If you are not zoned for John B. Dey Elementary but would like your child to experience our school, our Kindergarten class is a great option! The children in our Kindergarten class attend school Monday–Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a longer school day than the public school Kindergarten option. Due to the longer time and intimate class size (no more than 8 children), we are able to individualize the learning for each child and take them further in educational growth!