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What makes our Kindergarten unique?

We provide your child with:

  • Small class size of twelve to guarantee one-on-one attention 
  • A full day of instruction beginning at 8:15 am and ending at 3:15 pm.
  • Before and after care at no additional cost (Center is open 6 am to 6 pm)
  • Two meals and two snacks daily without additional cost.
  • Latest in reading, math & science
  • Multicultural Lessons
  • Computer lab 2 days/week
  • Field trips
  • Two playgrounds:
    • Treasure Island is under a canopy for year round play regardless of the weather.
    • Sherwood Forest is a grassy area where they can either "camp out with books" in the gazebo or run around and collect pine cones for a holiday project.

Academic Excellence

The Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Sarah Schertz, has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She has experience working with children from inner city schools in New York City as well as children from rural backgrounds right here in central Illinois. As a result of this experience she brings a wide range of knowledge and ideas to her classroom keeping your child's experience fresh, stimulating and enriching. She keeps current on new strategies for the classroom by attending educational seminars and workshops whenever she can.

Ms. Schertz provides many programs to help your child development intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively!

Reading/Writing Program - Celebrate Reading

This literature-based program features big books and little books, rhyme posters, and read-aloud stories. It is based on eight thematic units: Me and My Family, Neighborhoods, Keeping Fit, Animals, Transportation, Water, Kindergarten Ecology, and Creepy Crawlies.

Phonics Program - Beginning to Read, Write, and Listen

This program develops an awareness and understanding of the sounds made by letters. Each letter is introduced by itself and builds with other letters to make words and then words making sentences.

Math Programs - McGraw-Hill Mathematics

Ms. Schertz provides mathematical experiences that help develop number sense and a hands-on approach to problem solving. There are fourteen chapters in all: Position and Classify, Sorting Data and Graphs, Patterns, Numbers to 5, Numbers to 10, Numbers to 20, and Numbers to 100. There is also Money, Measurement, Time, Addition Concepts, Subtraction Concepts, and Geometry and Fractions.

Science Program - Discover Science

The kindergarten science curriculum is on the developing of awareness of the world we live in. Your child will learn through direct participation about Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and the Human Body.

Special Programs & Activities

Second Step is a program that will help the students with empathy training, emotion management, and problem solving. Through role-playing the children learn how to care for others, make good choices, and always do the right thing.

Tumblebus and Boogiebus are also offered at the center for an additional fee during the time they are at school. The children are able to participate in tumbling and dance classes on a school bus that has been converted into a "gym on wheels."

Because we have a small class size of twelve, our Kindergarten program benefits your child academically by being able to learn by doing and experiencing, and socially by feeling comfortable in a small, supportive group of peers.

A wonderful Kindergarten experience is waiting for your child here at Methodist Family Child Care Center. We are looking forward to forming partnerships with families and working together to make the "World of Kindergarten" the best possible experience ever!

If you have questions or wish to speak with the teacher, e-mail Ms. Sarah Schertz or call (309)671-5153.