Dunwoody UMC Preschool: Developing the Whole Child through God's Love
Dunwoody United Methodist Church Preschool provides a developmentally appropriate education in a loving Christian environment where children are nurtured and encouraged to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to their full potential.
The purpose of our weekday preschool is twofold: to prepare the child for more formal education and to teach him to live with himself in his surroundings in an acceptable manner. We hope to achieve this by guiding each child through many experiences. Our goals for each child are:
… to help each child master the concepts of God’s plan for each of us in our relation to our surroundings.
… to create within each child a respect for others and self.
… to guide each child as he grows more aware of the world surrounding him.
… to aid each child in his natural curiosity about all things.
… to impart knowledge to each child and aid in independent thinking and problem solving through books, records, stories, the senses, motor experiences and equipment.
… to watch and listen as each child expresses his ideas, opinions and creativity.
… to teach each child to take instruction from adults other than parents.
Dunwoody United Methodist Church Preschool accepts students without regard to race, creed, sex, religion or national origin, insofar as we can provide quality education and services for each child.
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Extended Day: Lunch Bunch, Stay & Play, and Enrichment Classes
An optional time is offered for our Twos, Threes, Fours, and Kindergarteners in the afternoon. During Lunch Bunch (12:00 – 1:00) children enjoy eating lunch, relaxing and socializing with friends. Enrichment classes like phonics, tennis, art, science, STEM, cooking, ballet, music & movement, and game play are offered for Threes to Kindergarteners (1:00 – 1:45 and/or 1:45-2:30). Stay & Play is available to reserve when you need to extend your child’s day, but not enrolled in an enrichment class..
- Be aware that that children will be combined with children from other classes during Extended Day. We request that children wear masks when indoors during Extended Day.
- Children in Twos may participate in Lunch Bunch starting in October.
- Enrichment classes enroll in advance on a trimester system. Lunch Bunch and Stay & Play reservations are made monthly.
The Curriculum at DUMCP is guided by our mission to provide a developmentally appropriate education in a loving, Christian
environment where children are nurtured and encouraged to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually to
their full potential.
Our programs meet the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) and the Kindergarten Georgia Standards of
Excellence (K – GSE) while maintaining a balance of active, child-initiated learning and teacher-directed instruction. In addition, we
allow for physical movement, active communication and interaction and individual and group problem solving.
The Creative Curriculum is the thread that ties our programs together by guiding teachers in developmentally appropriate practices across all age levels. It is a center based curriculum that encourages child-focused activity. Young children are actively motivated learners. They study the world through play.In each classroom, there are clearly defined interest areas where children can engage in activities such as creative art, blocks and building, dramatic play, reading and relaxing, science, manipulatives, writing, and sensory/water play. Children are encouraged to work with partners or in small groups.
These spaces are adapted and rearranged periodically to meet the current needs and interests of the children. Play possibilities are
suggested by the teachers through arrangement of materials and selected props. Use of the materials is open ended.
Children are immersed in language and literature during Circle Time when the teacher leads the class in story reading, songs, poems
and finger plays. Additionally, lessons pertaining to a weekly theme (typically science or social studies related) mathematical
concepts, and for older children, letter of the week and phonological awareness activities are explored during Circle Time.
Our fours classes further develop early literacy and fine motor skills through the use of the SRA Imagine It Phonics, Phonemic Awareness in Young Children and Handwriting Without Tears curricula. The Kindergarten curriculum includes the use of SRA Imagine It Phonics, Phonemic Awareness in Young Children, Reading A-Z, Eureka Math and Handwriting Without Tears.
For more specific information on individual class curriculum, check out the parent handbook below.
Accreditations and Associations
Dunwoody United Methodist Church Preschool is fully accredited by the Cognia (formerly AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SACS/CASI). The preschool is also a member of the Georgia Preschool Association and the United Methodist Preschool Association of the North Georgia Conference.