Curriculum

First United Methodist Church of Florence Day School Curriculum and Religious Teachings

It is our goal at First United Methodist Church of Florence Day School to provide a safe and nurturing Christian environment. We believe that children develop best when they feel safe, secure, and valued.

The First United Methodist Church of Florence Day School curriculum best serves the needs of all our students.  The teachers use the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines in order to create lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate for the age group being taught. We recognize that the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive developments of each child are all important and interrelated. Learning experiences are organized in ways that encourage children to develop optimally in all areas with meaningful connections across these domains.

The classroom schedule reflects a balance between structure and choice, as well as active and quiet times. The staff works together to plan developmentally appropriate activities that are both fun and rewarding.

It is our strong belief that children learn best through active exploration. New experiences during playtime reshape, expand, and reorganize mental structures. Through play, a child can learn to deal with emotions, to interact with others, to resolve conflicts, and to gain a sense of competence. Play also develops a child's imagination and creativity.

A partnership for the benefit of the child incorporates mutual respect between parents and staff. The director and staff invite you to ask questions, to review your child's progress, and to address all concerns.

Religious Teachings

The First United Methodist Church of Florence Day School provides an introduction to the basic tenants of the Christian faith through weekly Bible stories in every class and chapel services.  All classroom and chapel teaching will be in accordance with the theology of the United Methodist Church.

Classroom: Children ages six weeks through twelve years will receive religious teaching in the classroom during the school year and summer session.  The Day School staff attends many Christian denominations; however, Christian teaching within the classrooms will provide a foundation in Bible Stories of the Old and New Testament through story and song. 

Chapel Services: Children ages two through six years will participate in weekly chapel services during the school year.  The summer session does not include chapel services as a part of the curriculum.  Chapel services are conducted by Ordained United Methodist Pastors, the Director of Christian Education, and the Children’s Director of First United Methodist Church of Florence.  Chapel services will introduce Christian concepts such as love, grace, and forgiveness. 

Ages served:  First United Methodist Church of Florence Day School has classes for children age six weeks through age six years during the academic school year.  During our summer session, the day school allows children age six weeks through twelve years.

Teacher To Child Ratios

Nursery Class – Six weeks through twelve months is one teacher to every four children – maximum of twelve children per classroom.

One Year Class – Twelve months to twenty-four months is one teacher to every four children – maximum of twelve children per classroom.

Toddlers-Twenty – four months to thirty-six months-one teacher to every five children – maximum of fifteen children per classroom

Three years old through age twelve years – one teacher to every eight children – maximum of sixteen children per classroom