Our Christian Approach
Our preschool is not simply a “church-based” school but a distinctively Christian preschool. Our staff is passionate about building a strong spiritual foundation for each boy and girl who enters our door. Our teachers make an intentional effort to show God’s love through daily patience, respect, care, time, energy, and nurturing.
Each month we focus on an age-appropriate Bible verse that corresponds with the unit we are studying. The teachers review the verse in the classroom, encouraging the children to say it together and explaining its meaning. The person who leads chapel with the children also reviews the verse. Because some children can say the verse from memory while others can’t, we never make it a competitive experience.
We pray with the children at snack time and at chapel time. In addition, teachers incorporate prayer into their day using different methods, such as a group prayer at the beginning of the day or spontaneous prayer on an individual basis as children approach them with prayer requests.
Chapel takes place once a week for approximately 25 minutes for all ages. An important part of chapel is the presentation and review of the monthly Bible verse. In addition, we teach a Bible story each week. We vary the presentation (puppets, flannel graph, dress up, object lessons), including the children as much as possible. We teach the Bible in chronological order so that it will make sense to the children. We begin with Creation and then teach:
- Old Testament stories in the fall
- The birth of Jesus at Christmas
- New Testament stories in the winter
- The resurrection of Jesus at Easter
We conclude Chapel each week by making the Bible story applicable to the children’s lives and praying with the children.
Although a few stories are the same at each level, most are different.
The stories are tailored to specific age groups. For example, the 2s and 3s will learn about:
The 4s and 5s will learn about:
- Simeon and Anna
- Jesus Calling His Helpers
- And many more
The songs we sing in chapel are about either the Bible story we are teaching or an important biblical concept. Just a few examples are: “My God Is So Big,” “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “God Always Answers Prayer,” “Praise Him,” “I Can Do All Things Through Christ,” and “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord.”
Christian Principles for Living
Since two of the most important teachings of the Bible are for each of us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves, we reinforce these two concepts on a regular basis. We teach the children that God loves us and wants us to love Him in return. We express this love by asking Him to be our best friend, talking with God in prayer, singing to Him, and living our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him. We encourage the children to share, take turns, show compassion, have patience with others, and be kind among many other Christian character qualities.
We also teach the children that God loves each of us so much that He made our beautiful world for us and wants us to take good care of it. The various units that we explore (our bodies, fall, forest, weather, dinosaurs, polar life, farm, pond, ocean, rain forest) are studied from a Christian worldview – God created everything and has a perfect plan.
Love in Action
At HUM preschool, we provide children with an opportunity to put their love for God in action. Each year we give the children several opportunities to “see” the needs of others and “act in love” to respond to those needs.
In The World: For several years our preschool has supported a little girl, Ripsong, who lives in an orphanage in India. The children of the preschool have raised more than $420 each year by contributing their own hard-earned money. At Christmastime, the preschool participates in a program called “Boxes for Mexico,” in which the Pre-K families pack Christmas gift boxes of necessities and treats for the children and families that live in Cuirim House, a home for struggling families in a border town in Mexico.
At Home: In addition, we have encouraged the children to respond to the needs of families in our community as specific needs arise. The boys and girls of the preschool also do little kindnesses for Heart Haven, a home for mentally-challenged adults supported by the United Methodist Church. On special holidays, the children create and send special cards and baked goods.