Pre-Kindergarten

Heritage United Methodist Preschool
Pre-kindergartners are preparing for a lifetime of learning. Heritage United Methodist preschool helps them prepare by encouraging their curiosity, working to develop their understanding of the world around them, and expanding their logical thinking skills. Pre-kindergartners at HUM preschool are also supported in their spiritual growth, as they continue to develop an understanding of and a relationship with God.
HUMC has blessed our family greatly, and been such a gift to us! It is a comfort to know my children are loved and encouraged individually by all the staff at HUMC. We are amazed at the stellar teaching, creativity, and opportunities to know biblical truth that the preschool has consistently provided. My boys come home happy, and singing God’s word, which is a joy to hear! Meredith Neufeld

Kids Praying

Frogs

Monday – Friday

$190 per month

Teacher: Elaine Leitch

Teacher: Elaine Leitch

Standards of Rigor

The Standards of Learning (SOLs) for pre-Kindergarteners at Heritage United Methodist preschool include guidelines for socio-emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development.

Socio-Emotional Development

To experience a sense of self-esteem:

  • Identify oneself as a member of a specific family
  • Identify oneself as a member of a classroom family
  • Demonstrate confidence in one’s growing abilities
  • Demonstrate increasing independence
  • Demonstrate pride in accomplishments

To exhibit a positive attitude toward life:

  • Demonstrate trust in teachers
  • Be able to separate from parents
  • Demonstrate interest and participate in classroom activities
  • Participate in routine activities easily

To demonstrate cooperative, pro-social behavior:

  • Seek out other children and teachers
  • Understand and respect differences
  • Accept responsibility for maintaining the classroom environment
  • Help others in need
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Share toys and materials
  • Work cooperatively with others on completing a task
  • Resolve conflicts constructively
  • Respect “space” of others
Cognitive Development

To acquire learning and problem-solving skills:

  • Demonstrate an interest in exploring
  • Ask and respond to questions
  • Show curiosity and a desire to learn
  • Use planning skills
  • Observe and make discoveries
  • Find more than one solution to problems
  • Use creativity and imagination

To expand logical thinking skills:

  • Sort objects by similarities and differences
  • Put together objects that belong together
  • Recall a sequence of events (first, second, last)
  • Recognize patterns and be able to repeat them
  • Arrange objects in a series (smallest to largest)
  • Understand concept of opposites

To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of my world:

  • Identify names of objects and events
  • Begin to make comparisons (more/less, larger/smaller, taller/shorter, opposites)
  • Use words to describe the characteristics of objects (colors, shapes, sizes)
  • Identify the roles people play in society (community helpers)
  • Identify relationships of objects in space (below, inside, under)
  • Count in correct sequence (1 through 20)
  • Count backwards from 10
  • Count by tens
  • Match one-to-one

To demonstrate skills in make-believe play:

  • Assume a pretend role
  • Make believe with objects
  • Make believe about situations (going to McDonald’s, going to the doctor)
  • Interact with other children in make-believe role play

To expand verbal communication skills:

  • Recall words in a song or finger play
  • Follow simple directions
  • Use words to explain ideas and feelings
  • Talk with other children during daily activities
  • Make up and dictate simple stories
  • Begin to participate in group discussions
  • Talk in front of classroom friends

To develop beginning reading skills:

  • Acquire a love of books
  • Listen to a story and explain what happened
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to use books (turning pages, cover, title, author)
  • Recognize pictures and text on a page
  • Begin to understand the concept of “word”
  • Understand that reading goes from left to right
  • Make predictions of what might happen next in a story
  • Listen for rhyming words in a story
  • Develop recognition of uppercase and lowercase letter
  • Begin to identify the beginning sound of a word
  • Begin to recognize common sight words (days of week, numerals, months of year)
  • Recognize own written name
  • Recognize written names of some classmates

To acquire beginning writing skills:

  • Begin to make recognizable letters and numbers on paper
  • Begin to write words from left to right
  • Demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose (making signs, sending letters)
  • Begin to write letters between lines
  • Begin to show an interest in making own books
Physical Development

To enhance gross motor skills:

  • Use gross motor skills with confidence
  • Walk up and down steps
  • Jump over or from objects without falling
  • Run with increasing control over direction and speed
  • Use large muscles for balance
  • Catch a ball
  • Throw an object in the intended direction
  • Pedal and steer a “big wheel”
  • Climb up or down small equipment without falling

To enhance and refine fine motor skills:

  • Coordinate eye and hand movements (completing puzzles, working with manipulatives)
  • Use small muscles to complete tasks (building, stringing, working with play dough)
  • Use small muscles for self-help skills (opening snacks, buttoning, zipping)
  • Use drawing/writing tools with increasing control and intention

To use all senses in learning:

  • Demonstrate skill in discriminating sounds
  • Demonstrate visual discrimination skills
  • Discriminate by taste and smell
  • Discriminate differences in texture
Spiritual Development

To develop an understanding of God and Jesus:

  • They live in heaven
  • They cannot be seen but are real
  • They made me
  • They love me
  • They care about my every need
  • They are always with me
  • They have a plan for my life

To develop a relationship with God and Jesus:

  • They want to be my best friends
  • They want me to talk with Them in prayer and to know that they will always answer
  • They want to be a part of my everyday life
  • They want me to trust them

To respond in obedience to God:

  • Love others
  • Share with others
  • Use kind words
  • Help others
  • Obey my parents
  • Understand that sometimes I do naughty things and need a Savior
  • Ask Jesus to be my best friend
Heritage United Methodist Preschool