Los Altos United Methodist Preschool - Where learning is fun!
Preschool Curriculum
Your children learn life’s most valuable lessons through play.  With this understanding, we have supplemented your child’s curriculum with hands-on materials which the children manipulate themselves.  With the teacher’s supervision, children are learning concepts as patterning and measuring, estimation, counting, number words, beginning and ending, sounds, more and less, comparisons and much, much more.  The materials which the children are using to learn these concepts are bright, colorful and age-appropriate.  At Los Altos United Methodist Preschool our curriculum is theme based with focus on the following areas:
Circle Time:Circle time is a time if the day when the children gather at the carpet for a fun and special time of learning.  There are several circle times each day.  Activities that take place during “rug time” are: story time, topic of the week, skill development, opposites, sizes, manners, comparison, health practices, sequencing, vocabulary expansion, alphabet and number reviews.  These are all teacher directed activities. 
Creative Art: Paper, magazines, scissors, markers, crayons are provided every day.  A teacher directed art activity is provided every day which will reflect the theme.  Children also have the opportunity to create their own, individual art.
Dramatic Play: The dramatic play center is a place for imagination.  The children enjoy dressing up and role playing in this center.  The children have access to hats, shoes, jewelry, play money, telephones, food, dishes and baby dolls.
Language & Library: Literature is a very important part of our day.  The children are read to and encouraged to take part in daily library time.  Using flashcards, felt stories, ABC crafts and songs, children learn letter recognition and letter sound.    
Math & Manipulatives: Numbers are introduced in age appropriate ways through class time projects and activities such as sorting, counting objects, charting and writing.  Number sense is also developed through incidental learning that goes on in the classrooms.
Music & Movement: Music is explored every day in many ways.  Musical instruments are found in each classroom.  Songs are taught during rug time.  Tapes and CD’s are often played.  All styles of music are introduced and explores.  Exercise is another part of music time.  The children have an opportunity every day to move and work out to music.
Outside Activity: Outside time is a great time for children to work on their fine motor skills through hopping, skipping, jumping, basketball, bikes, balancing, running and other sports.  Children also have access to blocks, bubbles, jump ropes and art materials.
Praise Time: Each Wednesday and Thursday the classes gather in the chapel for fun and fellowship.  This special time is called “Praise time”.  A member of the church clergy leads us in various songs, finger plays, stories and activities.  Praise songs and prayers of thanksgiving are said before snack and lunch daily.  This special time of worship and praise is an introduction to Gods’ Word.
Science & Sensory: The science center holds such items as magnifying glasses, shells, rocks, plants, classroom pets and several other items the children can explore and touch.
LAUM Preschool Curriculum
Prepared by LAUMPS Staff
September                                                           February 
Week 1. Welcome To LAUMPS                             Week 1. Spread The Love
Week 2. We Are Family                                       Week 2. Presidents
Week 3. Me and My Emotions                              Week 3. Music Appreciation
Week 4. Five Senses                                            Week 4. Dr. Seuss
October                                                                 March 
Week 1. Apples                                                     Week 1. Loving Our Pets
Week 2. Fall                                                          Week 2. At The Zoo
Week 3. Transportation                                        Week 3. Insects
Week 4. Halloween                                                Week 4. Rain, Rain Go Away
November                                                             April 
Week 1. Community Helpers                                  Week 1. Spring Flowers
Week 2. On The Farm                                           Week 2. Keep The Earth Healthy
Week 3. Thanksgiving                                           Week 3. Easter
Week 4. Thanksgiving                                            Week 4. Mixing Colors
Week 5: Harvest Time

December                                                             May 
Week 1. Let It Snow                                            Week 1. ABC's and 123's
Week 2. Holidays Around The World                   Week 2. Shapes and Sizes
Week 3. Merry Christmas                                    Week 3. Pairs and Matching
                                                                             Week 4. All About Summer
January                                                              June
Week 1. Brushing My Teeth                              Week 1. All About Summer
Week 2. Kitchen Capers & Healthy Eating        Week 2. Frogs and Toads
Week 3. Fun With Sports                                
Week 4. Black History                                      June, July and August is
                                                                         TOADally Extreme Explorers

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