First United Methodist Preschool (FUMPS) has been providing an inviting learning environment for over 50 years and is committed to helping each child discover, affirm, and develop the marvelous gift of his or her life. The preschool helps three- and four-year old children build self-confidence through interaction with others and discovery. A positive attitude toward learning is developed by presenting tasks for the children which they can enjoy and master. Children are encouraged to respect the rights and views of others while making decisions for themselves. Learning to get along with others is vital for success in the early school years.
We believe that childhood is sacred and should be preserved.
We believe that children’s brains develop through their active, self-directed hands on play.
We believe that children need unstructured free play (without adult direction.)
We believe that children unfold in their development.
…Liken it to a box opening…one cannot open flap B without first opening A.
We believe that the current educational “push down” that we are witnessing in kindergarten must not continue on down to early childhood.