Our preschool has evolved, it has changed with the times. If you don’t change with the educational process, you get left behind. In the beginning, it was more socialization for 3 and 4 year olds than anything. It was fun and games and snack time. But no more!!
We encourage learning using different tools. For example: If we are learning the letter G, we will first practice writing the letter in our workbooks at one center, then we will move to the next center and group objects that begin with the letter G. At the playdough center the students may form the letter G with the clay. At the reading center they will have books that are geared toward the letter G, “Giraffes Don’t Dance.” At circle time, the children are asked to find something in the room that begins with letter G. We even have snack time with the letter G, grapes, granola etc. The next day we will use different methods to reinforce learning the letter G, making a Giraffe for a craft.
Craft time is not just about making crafts!! You know the song by Trace Adkins — “Just Fishin’”? ...She's doing almost everything but sitting still Talking about her ballet shoes and training wheels, and her kittens, and she thinks we’re just fishing…. The lyrics speak volumes. Well, that is what craft time is about at FPC Preschool. That’s why we are unique, a cut above. a boutique so to speak, we get to converse with the child, give them our undivided attention.
We ask, “Where do you think the eyes go on the giraffe? Where does the mouth go on the giraffe? What sounds does the letter G make? AND because we limit our class sizes, we get to have this valuable learning time ONE ON ONE.
Not in a group, not in a room full of 20 children, ONE ON ONE. This type of individual educational experience is what we are known for. Children are not at a hurried pace and when they get to kindergarten, they are more settled and so very eager to learn, like little sponges soaking up every bit of knowledge available.
But we do have competition in our 4-year old program — VPK, and unfortunately the competition is free. Thank goodness we still have parents out there who realize we are the best school in town and opt to spend the $200 a month for their child’s education. To quote one very satisfied parent recently, “You get what you pay for! And I know you taught my son to love to LEARN and he is now in gifted classes at Pt Charlotte.” We also know that there are parents out there who would love to send their child to our school but due to working 5 days a week, our program is just not an option, as other options offer daycare as well. We don’t offer daycare as we are a Preschool only, and that is our draw to parents who send their child to our school so their first exposure to school is premium. We also have working parents who would love to send their child to us, but just can't afford the monthly tuition PLUS daycare. If you are interested in donating to a scholarship fund to send a child to FPC Preschool, CALL ME. We still have a few openings for this school year, if you know of someone that has a child of preschool age, tell them to CALL ME.
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Our trip to Mote Marine was an awesome way to end our September. We had a special “Exploring the Bay” trip and got to get in the water with dip nets and even found two baby seahorses. The children were beyond thrilled. Actually how many of you can say you have found a baby seahorse? Pretty cool for sure. We are going to adopt a sea animal at our school as soon as the children can agree on the animal!!!
October begins our fall units as we get to study leaves and make leaf crafts and we learn the letter “L.” I would say one of my favorite crafts, but seems I say that about every season. We will have our annual Halloween Walk downtown in the antique district, stopping at City Hall first (of course our very own Margaret Way always has special treats for the children, even though she no longer works there) and our last stop is at State Farm with Don Knoche and his staff. Our final destination is the Ice Cream Shoppe at Last Chapter for a quick bowl of ice cream and a drink. The children love getting dressed up in their favorite storybook character costume. It is also a great time for parents to meet each other as they visit at the Ice Cream Shoppe.
As you all know we offered scholarships to deserving students. One of the parents was so grateful for the scholarship, they offered to spread mulch, clean up the entire playground, pulling weeds and trimming bushes. The mother said she wanted to “pay it forward” and hoped one day she could donate to our scholarship fund and help another deserving student attend our amazing school.
We were fortunate to receive minimal damage to one of our classrooms from Hurricane Irma. But we just moved to another room till we get the other one repaired, it’s smaller and a bit cramped, but in these times you make it happen with a smile on yourType your paragraph here.