The Preschool at Peachtree Road United Methodist has had the privilege of serving students and their families for more than six decades. While continually adapting with respect to evolving educational opportunities, resources, and research, The Preschool maintains its purpose of nurturing the whole child. Whether a student is taking his first steps or preparing to step into Kindergarten, The Preschool's mission is to offer a loving environment in which children feel safe to investigate their worlds, explore their interests, and engage with peers and teachers in meaningful ways.
The Early Childhood Division at The Preschool includes children in the Toddler and Twos classes, while the Preschool Division serves our Threes, Pre-K, and 5/6 students. Although different in content, both divisions implement our balanced, play-based, backward design curriculum. By first identifying what a child should know and be able to do according to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS), teachers begin with an end goal in mind and then develop meaningful learning opportunities that advance students toward it, monitoring their progress and differentiating instruction as necessary along the way.
With guidance from the GELDS, classroom experiences in both divisions address children's developmental progression along a continuum for social-emotional growth, approaches to learning and play, cognitive ability, language acquisition, and motor skills. Carefully crafted activities engage students in curiosity and self-direction, cooperation, and flexibility, as well as measured and imaginative play. The Preschool’s balanced approach to learning provides both the structure and the freedom necessary to inspire students toward active learning and to empower them to understand their feelings and themselves as learners.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood”