Classes at First Presbyterian PreschoolInfants - PreK
Classes at FPPSInfants - PreK
As parents, we know how hard it is to leave your baby in someone else’s care. That’s why our staff will help make the transition from home to preschool as smooth as possible.
Your infant will be cared for by consistent, friendly faces, allowing your child to form bonds and feel comfortable at FPPS. Every baby wants to know he or she is safe – and we provide an environment where they can feel secure and progressively develop into the little people God designed them to be.
Our infant caregivers follow your preferred feeding and napping rhythms. Our padded and carpeted infant room and “no-shoes” rule keeps the floor clean and comfortable as baby’s mobility improves. A protected tummy time area lets our youngest infants work on muscle building without having to steer clear of wobbly walkers.
When it’s time for babies to be awake, they are exposed to a stimulating environment where they can safely explore and develop gross and fine motor skills. We teach basic sign language and talk and sing with our babies all the time, every day. All of our little ones attend chapel on Wednesday and Thursday and get daily stroller rides – inside or outside depending on the weather. We also like to display pictures of the baby’s family in the room – not only to aid in language development, but also reinforce familial bonds.
Toddlers are moved out of the infant room and to the Toddler room at an individual pace, when they are ready.
The Toddler room is an imaginative place where curious toddlers can explore everything in the room – from bead mazes, puzzles, and books to interpretive play, independent play, cooperative play, story time, and activity centers. Play areas are organized by interest areas with materials for quiet play and more active play, and the room is carpeted and padded for wobbly walkers.
The toddlers have just learned to walk and talk, so in this class, they spend a great deal of time practicing these new skills. They use chubby crayons to create masterpieces about books they have read, and they dress up as characters they love or are learning about. While working on language development, they talk about and practice social skills such as taking turns and sharing. Teachers help the students transition from the bottle to a cup and show them how to eat finger foods.
Our toddlers also participate in music class and chapel.
In our Twos class, we introduce learning centers, circle-time, potty training, and Spanish class. Students enjoy family-style dining as they learn to feed themselves and drink from “big kid” cups. Curriculum for the two year olds encourages physical, cognitive, and spiritual development, while learning independence.
Once a student reaches the Threes class, he or she is familiar with reading, manipulatives, block (foundation for math), imagination, science, and sensory centers. In the three year old class, we add a writing center. Our threes and fours use Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to teach letters and numbers. Students learn to pour their own water into their cups and put their own lunch box and nap mats up.
By the time your student completes Pre-K at FPPS, he or she is fully ready for Kindergarten. They will be able to write their full name, read some site words, know basic math language, and will be socially acclimated.