What is Nursery Day For?
Standards are high at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. We follow guidelines for highest-quality Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten education as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our program was accredited by the NAEYC in 2002 and we completed Re-Accreditation in 2008. Through the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, we completed requirements to achieve The W.I.S.E. Award (Wonderfully In Search of Excellence) in 2005. Wesley Memorial School also follows all curriculum guidelines of the Common Core Standards as provided by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of North Carolina. Our teachers are professionals with early childhood training and experience.
The Nursery Day program is administered by our church acting through a Weekday Board of Directors.
Twos learn to think, explore, discover and solve problems through intentionally planned “hands-on” experiences. It all looks like play because learning is fun! Our Preschool teachers have the expertise to plan for the time, space and opportunities for children to have these experiences that will help them in their total growth: socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. In addition, teachers help children begin to understand and live in Christian thinking and acting. Teachers document progress in all areas of growth for each child’s individual development and goals.
Christian values are taught children through sharing, taking turns, being friends, and learning that they are important individuals. We strive to build positive self-concept. What a child thinks of himself is reflected by the way he relates to others both now and as he matures.
In addition to building Christian values, our qualified teachers work within an atmosphere that is warm, caring, open, accepting and joyous. This atmosphere encourages children to grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We want each child to love learning in his/her first educational experiences. The Nursery Day program is designed with each child’s interest and abilities in mind.
By their signatures on the Registration Form, parents indicate their willingness to cooperate with the Christian emphasis of our Nursery Day; to attend parent enrichment sessions and to participate in such other activities as will bring about better understanding between teacher, parent, and child. Teachers are available and encourage parents to contact them regarding special concerns and needs related to their child and/or the program.
“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him"
Nursery 2-3 teachers know that the two-year old is surer of himself and what he can do than at an earlier age, but that he continues to have some body coordination problems. He like to run and climb, romp and shove; push, pull, and grab. He stays busy exploring the world around him. He is vigorous, energetic and enthusiastic! Activities at preschool provide frequent opportunities for physical growth and include: climbing, jumping, tricycles, balls, building blocks, push-and-pull toys.
Language development is rapid and vocabulary may increase greatly during this year. The two-year old is encouraged at Nursery Day to use language to express his wishes and feelings toward others. He can participate in nursery rhymes, finger-plays, dance movements, and simple songs. He may enjoy records and musical instruments. The teachers read stories to the two-year old about himself, his activities, animals, and familiar objects. Stories and games are kept simple as the two-year old’s attention span is still very short and he cannot be expected to sit still more than a few minutes.
Mental development and coordination are encouraged as the two-year old engages in simple puzzles, filling and emptying containers, taking things apart and figuring out how to put things together. Clay, finger paints, crayons and pasting help twos make discoveries through sensory explorations.
By two-and-one-half years of age, the child can be expected to become inflexible and rigid. He wants what he wants when he wants it! He may be extremely demanding and have frequent temper tantrums. The two-year-old’s behavior may make him difficult to live with at times; however, this behavior is a part of the child’s emotional growth in learning that he is an individual with power to exert some independence. Nursery 2-3 teachers encourage an increasing number of self-help tasks: using cup and spoon, taking off coats and sweaters, washing and drying hands with assistance, and putting away a few play things. Praise and encouragement, support and acceptance of the two-year old is important in helping each child develop a good self-image.
Seasonal Themes for Nursery 2’s and 3’s
SEPTEMBER: “My Family and Me”
- I Belong to a Family
- Family Members Are Important
- Families Show God’s Love
- Families Do Fun Things
- Thank You, God, for My Family
OCTOBER: “I’m Somebody Special”
- I’m So Big
- I Have Hands and Feet
- I Have Nose and Mouth
- I Have Feelings
- Pumpkin! Pumpkin!
NOVEMBER: “I Give Thanks”
- Thank you, God, for the Out-of-Doors (Fall)
- Thank you, God, for People to Love
- Thank you, God, for My Home and Food
- Thank you, God, for My Church Friends
- My Church and Family Celebrate Advent
- Jesus Is Born
- The Shepherd’s Visit
- The Wise Men Brought Gifts
JANUARY: “Jesus Grew, I Grow”
- Jesus Grew In a Family
- God Plans for Me to Grow
- Friends Are Special People
- Friends Have Fun Together
FEBRUARY: My World of Friends”
- Friends are special people
- Friends have fun together
- Friends help one another
- Jesus and the Children
- Valentine’s Day is a Special Day to Show Love
MARCH: “God’s World”
- God Planned for Day and Night
- God Planned for Weather
- God Planned for Growing Things
- God Planned for Animals
- Jesus Loved People
- Jesus Went About Doing Good
- Jesus Talked About God’s World
- Palm Sunday and Easter
- I Can Be a Helper
- Helpers In My Community
- Helpers In My School
Staff and Parent Communications
Our staff is caring and professional in understanding needs of children and the value of interaction and consistency.
We want to provide the VERY BEST care for your Twos, according to his/her individual level of development. We will ask about your child’s schedule and routines at home. We seek to make your infant’s day as much an extension of his/her home life as possible.
Each session upon arrival, you will be asked to take a clipboard located in the hallway outside the Crib Room. Parent will complete the top portion of the Parent-Teacher Information sheet attached. We find it helpful to have your special instructions about feedings, naps, or ointments written down on this sheet. During the day, our teachers will make (brief ) notes on the lower portion of the same sheet to let you know how child spent his/her day. At pickup time, parents take home their child’s sheet. We will also have brief chats with you at the door. Parents may feel free to contact teachers by phone or e-mail at anytime as well.
Throughout the year, parents will receive written “MY GROWTH” assessments of their child’s unique development, play interests and special friendships. The teachers will prepare this for you quarterly: in the Fall, in the Winter, and in the Spring. We will let you know about individual learning games/activities we are planning that match your infant’s new skills. We will also share Twos Room news with you in our seasonal newsletter called The Pitter Patter.