About Us

Lakewood United Methodist Preschool opened 2010 as an extension of Lakewood United Methodist Church. Lakewood Methodist provides a loving environment for your child to grow, learn, and play. We would love the opportunity to be a part of your child’s early years.

Classes are available:
9 am – 1 pm
7 am – 4 pm
7 am – 6 pm

These classes are designed for infants, one, two, three and four year olds, including the free Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) for four year olds.

We offer Monday through Thursday and Monday through Friday class opportunities for each age group. Our four year old class is the free Monday through Thursday VPK program with an optional paid Fridayfor extra fun and focused learning.

Our school year follows the Duval County Public School Calendar, with some additional care available throughout the year. Summer Camp is available as soon as the preschool year ends throughout the months of June and July.

Curriculum

Our daily schedule includes circle times, snacks, lunch, and recess, but it all revolves around our long directed center playtime. We have several teacher directed centers that our children go to once a week : Fluid Play, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Cooking, Art, Literacy and Math Readiness… Small groups spend an hour and fifteen minutes at the centers that include a short teacher-lead mini-lesson, 45 minutes of independent playtime individually scaffolded for each child, and a closing review of the lesson and activity time. Click here for the link to our curriculum.

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Fluid Play

Fluid play uses materials that do not have a set shape:  sand, water, shaving cream, crayons, paint, …  Fluid play allows children the opportunity to learn to control the outside world so that they can control themselves.

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Blocks

Block play builds skills with fine and gross motor strength, mathematical and geometric knowledge and expanded vocabulary.

Art

Art is a wonderful way to experiment with different materials to create a product unique to the artist. We value the artist process over specific teacher lead products.

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Dramatic Play

Dramatic Play provides children opportunities to uses higher-level thinking, build peer interaction skills, and tell stories through play. elves.

Cooking

Cooking allows us to pull together math, science, expanded vocabulary, fine motor, and literacy skills into one rich multisensory experience.

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Literacy & Math Readiness

Literacy & Math Readiness practice is embedded in all of our center areas, circle times, and however when children participate in this center, they have even more practice building their skills through games, writing, counting, reading, and lots of fine motor practice!

Our Classrooms

We have five classes, one class for each age group: infants, 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s (based on the child’s age by September first).  In addition to time in their classrooms, children also spend time around our campus:  the small playground, “Jake’s Place” playground, the gym, the chapel, the block room, the dramatic playhouse, and the fluid alley(for sensory play)  behind the children’s building.

OUR INFANT CLASS: THE OWLS

OUR TODDLER CLASS: THE PANDAS

OUR TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS: THE BUMBLEBEES

OUR THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASS:  THE FROGS

OUR FOUR-YEAR-OLD & VPK CLASS: THE MONKEYS

Our school has a private closed Facebook group to help you keep up with your child during the day.  Click here to request to join our Facebook group (your child must be enrolled as a student to be accepted into the group).

Volunteers

(coming soon)

Our Preschool. Our Family. Our Church.