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Curriculum

United Methodist Preschool (UMP) is a child-centered, play-based program on the campus of San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo. We are a Christian preschool with an eclectic curriculum inspired by Montessori, Reggio Approach, Project Approach, and more.  “Developmentally Appropriate Practice” (DAP) as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children guides the way we work with children. Click the link to learn about “DAP” http://www.naeyc.org/dap/preschoolers.  We strive to provide a curriculum that supports children’s holistic development: spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional, physical, and creative. 

We understand that a great deal of important learning during the early childhood years occurs in the context of self-directed play.  For this reason, careful thought and planning goes into what type of equipment, materials, and supplies we make available to children.

The preschool learning environment at UMP extends beyond the confines of the indoor classrooms to our large, nature-filled outdoor classroom.  Interest areas like the green house, Loose Parts, mud kitchen, Three Bears Cottage, reading corners, Make-It Center, science, math, art, and block areas and the kitchen promote diverse opportunities both indoors and outdoors for experimenting and exploring, problem solving and discovering and making friends. 

We hope to instill a love of learning in each of our students through our fun and interesting curriculum. Each day is a balance between self-directed paly and teacher-guided learning. Teachers help children to develop “readiness skills”—self-help, communication, and problem-solving, and they plan a weekly curriculum that offers experiences in all subjects areas: science, math, language arts, music, creative expression and more.  The Pre-K teachers are well-aware of both the state’s TK (Transitional Kindergarten) and Kindergarten learning standards, and the Pre-K program fully prepares children for the next step along their learning journey.  Our low student to teacher ratios help us provide a high quality learning experience throughout out preschool program.   

In addition to our morning preschool program, we offer afternoon enrichment classes such Art and Music.  See our website for details. 

We invite you to schedule a tour to see United Methodist Preschool in action!