The Larchmont United Methodist Church Preschool has been an educational ministry of LUMC for over eight decades. The school offers a program in a Christian environment that is consistent with established principles of childhood education. Confidence and readiness for further education are promoted within an ethical context. Membership in the church is by no means required to attend: the school is open to all children regardless of race or religion.
LUMC Preschool is led by a full-time director and its Board is composed of members of the church as well as parents of students. The school operates weekdays from September to May. The LUMC Preschool calendar closely parallels that of the Norfolk Public Schools. Our curriculum builds are the children transition from the different classes. Emphasis is placed on the whole child. Activities are conducted to reach all levels of development; social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual. Enrichment activities for all ages include art, music, chapel, and special events such as a Christmas and May Day program.
The two-year-old children are introduced to social interaction and a positive self-concept. Children are also introduced to color and shape recognition. Classes are held Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday from 9am to noon.
Language development and alphabet recognition are emphasized while building social skills and self-esteem. Communication development is stressed, teaching the children to work cooperatively and independently. Enrollment is for two days or for three days each week from 9am to noon.
Older 3’s/Younger 4’s Program
This program is geared towards children that will miss the Virginia age for kindergarten. These children continue development of social skills, with a greater emphasis on number concepts and language development. Alphabet recognition and phonics are stressed in preparation for pre-kindergarten enrollment. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.
The children are challenged in areas of language arts and number concepts individually and within a group setting. Dolch word lists and D’Nealian handwriting skills are utilized in preparation for kindergarten in the public or private sectors of education. The children attend daily from 9am to 1pm.
If you are a parent, you are welcome to visit to see the school in action For more information call (757) 489-7823 or www.lumcpreschool.org.