We Learn To Love . . . And Love To Learn!
The purpose of our weekday program at Wesley Memorial is to provide young children (3 months to 6 years old) with an environment of Christian nurture, educational opportunities based on sound principles of early childhood development, and high-quality care.
To encourage, develop and respect each child’s TOTAL GROWTH: mental, physical, emotional, social & spiritual.
To provide a secure & loving atmosphere in which professionally-trained teachers foster the growth of each child to his/her best potential through a graduated program of meaningful, hands-on learning experiences.
To maintain low student-teacher ratios which allow for a program planned to be both age-appropriate & individually-appropriate.
To invite families to participate through active communication & involvement.
To encourage values for life . . . love for learning, feelings of self-worth & respect for others, positive attitudes, creative thinking, independence, responsibility, self-discipline, and a foundation for faith-building.
Our program is based on the high-standard criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Each age level has hands-on experiences for learning by doing what is fun & stimulating! Christian values, attitudes, Bible stories & songs give the child a foundation of love & security. The learning center approach invites each child to learn at his/her potential through a balanced program of creative art, puzzles, dramatics, block building, large muscle play & interaction, manipulatives, books, music, care of pets and nature. Age-appropriate cognitive experiences occur in language arts & reading, writing, mathematics and science. Each day is carefully planned by teachers, and parents are invited to look over lesson plans posted on class message centers.
Parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s learning experiences through visitations to their child’s class, many volunteer opportunities, and reinforcement of daily learning through home-school activities. Parenting education classes are offered in fall and spring on a variety of interest topics. Parents are kept informed of child’s growth and development through regular written notes, e-mails & phone calls, written assessments each quarter, scheduled parent-teacher conferences, class newsletters, and informal sharing times at class door.