Four-year olds

Heritage United Methodist Preschool

Four-year-olds are active participants in the world around them. Heritage United Methodist preschool facilitates that participation by helping your 4-year-old demonstrate pride in accomplishments, resolve conflicts constructively, and observe and make discoveries. Four-year-olds at HUM preschool are also supported in their spiritual growth, as they continue to develop an understanding of and a relationship with God.

There is so much I love about HUM, but what I appreciate most about everyone who works there is their genuine love for each and every child who attends there. The directors know and greet each child by name in the morning, and I have always felt the teachers rejoice in each success a child has, no matter how large or small. I know each day my children spend at HUM they are surrounded by people who genuinely love them.

Mary-Carolyn Longbrake

Boys playing with blocks


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

$170 per month


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

$170 per month


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

$170 per month


Monday – Thursday

$190 per month


Teacher: Deborah Arthur

Teacher: Deborah Arthur

Assistant Teacher: Heather Hartsook

Teacher: Susan Comerford

Teacher: Susan Comerford

Assistant Teacher: Deanna Aultice

Teacher: Kim Held

Teacher: Kim Held

Assistant Teacher: Dana Rieley

Teacher: Janeen Smith

Teacher: Janeen Smith

Assistant Teacher: Tiffany Wallace

Standards of Rigor

The Standards of Learning (SOLs) for 4-year-olds 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 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 10)
  • 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 simple stories
  • Begin to participate in group discussions
  • Talk in front of classroom friends
  • Use words to solve problems/resolve conflict

To explore own creativity in a variety of ways:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Language
  • Construction
  • Play

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
  • Make predictions of what might happen next in a story
  • Listen for rhyming words in a story
  • Developing recognition of uppercase and lowercase letter
  • Begin to recognize the beginning sound of a word
  • Recognize own written name
  • Recognize written names of some classmates

To acquire beginning writing skills:

  • Make increasingly representational drawings
  • Begin to imitate recognizable letters and numbers
  • Begin to make “letter like” symbols on paper
  • Demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose (making signs, sending letters)
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)
  • Use drawing 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:

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

Heritage United Methodist Preschool