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Asbury Preschool Statement

Asbury Preschool was founded in 1978 as a ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church.  Our mission is to nurture and develop the spiritual, academic, social and emotional promise of each child.  The learning experience of the children at Asbury Preschool will take place within the context of the Christian faith, and at a level appropriate to them.

 
About Our School

This section provides basic information regarding our school.  Our Parent Handbook contains detailed information about our school, policies and procedures. 


School Year

Our school year runs 38 weeks. School starts Labor Day week and ends Thursday, June 3, 2016.


Daily Schedule  

All classes include free play, art and learning activities, circle time with songs, stories and creative movement, snack, and physical education.


Curriculum

We use the PA Early Learning Standards as our guideline for the content of our curriculum.  The curriculum focuses on learning basic concepts and skills through hands-on experiences and activities. Through our program, each child is given the tools needed to encourage the growth of the whole child.  The goal of the school is to emphasize concrete experiential learning and to achieve the following goals:


Social/Emotional -- to help children develop independence, self confidence and self-control, follow rules and routines, respect authority, make friends, and learn what it means to be a part of a group.

Cognitive -- to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically-sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns-and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.

Language -- to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words.

Math Concepts -- to introduce activities that include concepts of counting, comparing, classification, identifying shapes and numbers, seriation, sets, patterns, quantity, length, weight and simple graphs.

Gross Motor -- to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching.

Fine Motor -- to use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.  From the handling of simple tools to completing pegboards, children are continually offered opportunities to develop their smaller muscles, an important prerequisite writing. 

Science -- to help the children learn how to question – how to be thinkers. Hands-on activities  include using simple machines and sensory table play.  The sensory table encourages children in tactile experiences through creative play using sand, water, beans, rice and other materials.

Health and Safety -- to encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety and nutritional practices.

Music -- to participate in musical activities including song, dance, instrumental, movement, games, and self-expression; be exposed to and gain an appreciation for various types of music.

Art -- to offer open-ended process art experiences that demonstrate creative self-expression.  Experience various media in a multitude of ways; and to participate in multi-sensory art experiences.

Social Studies -- to learn about the “world around us” is the focus of this curriculum area.  Field trips and studies of occupations are included. 

Spiritual Growth -- to understand God’s unconditional love for each of us; to understand and respect the earth as God’s creation; to learn to thank and talk to God through prayer.  The Children's Ministries Director comes in once a month to lead Sacred Circle with the children which includes a bible story and songs.

Dramatic Play -- to use their imaginations to understand and experience the adult world through imitation; to develop creativity and imagination; to experience different roles.

Snack  

Parents are asked to provide juice or milk and a snack for their child’s class on a rotating schedule.

Child Evaluation  

Formal conferences are held in November and again in the spring.

Special Events

A Christmas Program, Dad and Me Night, a breakfast for Mothers and a Closing Program are scheduled.

Inclement Weather  

Asbury will observe the major holidays and weather related closings of the Parkland School District.  Parkland cancels classes due to bad weather, Asbury will also cancel.  If Parkland schools open two hours late, Asbury’s morning classes will run from 9:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. In the event the Parkland schools close at midday or announce an earlier than usual afternoon dismissal due to weather conditions, afternoon activities at Asbury will be cancelled.

Arrival  

Children should arrive promptly at 8:55 a.m. at the classroom door. They should be picked up promptly at 11:55 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. (if attending the afternoon class or Stay 'n Play) by a parent or other designated person the child knows.

Security  

All exterior doors to the church are locked during school hours.

Attire  

Children should be suitably dressed for the weather in casual clothes. 

Illness  

Children should stay home if there is any observable illness. Children should remain home 24 hours after a fever. 

Immunization Records

Asbury Preschool requires a Child Health Assessment form with proof of current immunizations to be completed by a physician and submitted by September 30.

Field Trips  

Several field trips are planned to include the pumpkin patch, the library, and firehouse in the fall.  Field trips to the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary and Lehigh Valley Zoo are planned for spring.