First Presbyterian Preschool of Arlington -- Parent Pride!
In June, I was searching for a Summer Camp for our daughter who had at the time never gone to one. We've taken her to Kids Park once in a while but there is no real educational gain there unless you take them for the three hour period in the morning. With as far away as Kids Park is from us (almost 20 minutes), it would cost me almost as much in gas it would for the hourly rate for her to be there. I called First Presbyterian Preschool on the day they started, and the director Sandra was so wonderful to get Olivia in. After only two days there, we saw that this place was perfect.
You will find the Preschool on the side of the First Presbyterian Church, and also next door to a public school. Olivia gets excited every morning when we are going; she sees so many students walking to school and she feels like a "big kid" going to school at the same time! Walking in, they have a great security system to ensure your child's safety. On top of a door code, there's a code to log in, and Ms. Sandra stands there to ensure she sees who is bringing and picking up children. I've seen for myself if she doesn't recognize someone she stops them quickly to make sure everything is alright. I love that, I love that you can see immediately how much they care for the children.
My daughter's "Three Year Old" class is so friendly and open. I love how they have so many sensory stations to do things at! This is a Faith Curriculum school but they are not restricted to only children that follow their faith. My daughter comes from a non-Christian household and yet they are so wonderful and caring of her. I had a talk with her teacher before school started to understand just what they mean by teaching by Faith, and they made sure we could comfortable and Olivia is growing under their care. They have a set schedule that includes reading, drawing, circle time, and even Spanish!
Packing Olivia's lunch is becoming a fun thing to do, and all the kids sit and eat together before laying down for "quiet time". It's awesome to know that the kids play outside and get along. They learn and play and then get some time to rest. Again, this shows to me how much the teachers and the school care about the children. On Thursdays and Fridays the children attend chapel where they discuss different scriptures of the bible and sing songs.
I have to admit, one of the things I adore most about this school are the weekly e-mails we receive with pictures! I love getting to see what Olivia is doing in class, and on Thursday we were surprised to hear that the fire alarms had gone off! It was a false alarm, but Olivia got to hang out with the Arlington Fire Department for a little bit! We were sent an awesome weekly newsletter that had pictures included and I loved this picture of Olivia. Another thing the school does is a folder that you will daily get an update on your child. Things such as: if they ate their snack/lunch, slept, and what they did for the day. Olivia's teacher also sends out a note about what they did in detail so that we can talk about it with Olivia.
Another thing that really makes me proud to have my daughter at First Presbyterian Preschool, is their option of extra curricular activities. Olivia is a part of Monkeynastix of Arlington which I've posted before, and every Thursday I get to go see that she is learning and growing! Above is a video of David the instructor teaching, and I love seeing it! Olivia talks about David all the time, and about what she is getting to do, he is really doing such a wonderful job with her!
The school wants the children to grow and learn in so many ways, and I'm so proud to get to say that my daughter is a student at First Presbyterian Preschool of Arlington!
Elizabeth is a work at home Mother of a sweet and beautiful daughter. She is a wife of seven years and a blogger for some time now. When she isn't spending time with her "Livvybug" she is looking for new review opportunities and writing or singing along to classic rock and pop music!