Pre-kindergarten is a crucial time for children as they begin a lifetime of learning. Our Pre-K program focuses on developing independence, curiosity and confidence. We make the transition into Kindergarten easier by helping children become comfortable in an organized learning environment and providing the necessary foundations for learning. We use the Creative Curriculum as well as Phonics in the Pre-K class to develop age appropriate skills, knowledge and experiences. Our comprehensive program is in alignment with the Indiana Foundations for Young Children with the goals and objectives of the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. The Creative Curriculum balances teacher‐planned and child‐initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. Nationally known for being forward‐thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, it helps teachers plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas. Phonics is a foundation to learning how to read. We will therefore, focus on letter sounds and word building. Learning number 1-30 will also be a part of our curriculum and is necessary when teaching the concept of time. Children journal, complete book reports (with the assistance of parents) and various academic worksheets are additional enhancements to our program.
The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking). .
Children have the opportunity to utilize technology and interactive media via classroom tablets. The children play educational games, participate in read along stories in our QR code listening center, and keep their own media journal.
Mr. DeWayne completed his degree in Early Childhood Education and excels at developing curious, independent and confident learners! His 19 years of experience teaching Kindergarten and Pre-K at Funshine has equipped Mr. DeWayne to provide children an exceptional academic experience, as well as providing a strong foundation of empathy and kindness.
Our Pre-K class begin utilizing a Kindergarten curriculum in January. Children develop reading skils through the use of small reading groups, phonics, weekly homework projects, book reports and engaging worksheets. Our focus is to provide children with a positive, joyful experience that builds a love of learning that will last a lifetime!
Funshine uses an easy to use app & web based parent communication and family involvement tool called Daily Connect. Daily Connect provides real time communication of meals and activities and photo's are shared throughout the day.
Sign Language and Spanish are implemented through daily planned activities and incorporated into our music program. Preschool is the perfect time to begin learning a second language and our Pre-K program utilizes weekly themed units that encourage vocabulary building and language comprehension.
A diverse classroom is one in which both the students and the teacher are accepting of all people, regardless of their race, culture, or religion. This acceptance is evidenced by the books we read, the activities that are completed and the lessons that are taught.
Our program utilizes observation based assessments to complete individualized portfolios for each child. A developmental profile is used to scaffold each child's learning and is shared with family members during our Fall and Spring Parent/Teacher conferences.
Choosing an exceptional preschool program for your child is an important decision! The program that you choose for your child's first early learning experience will set them on a path of success that will last a lifetime. Our outstanding curriculum, exceptional teachers, and positive learning environment will provide a strong foundation for your child to develop a lifelong love of learning and of friendship!Schedule a tour!
The Rominger'sI am so grateful for the care my children received at Funshine! From day one, both kids loved coming to Funshine. They loved all their teachers, the programs, the field trips, and all their little friends here. Doug and I never had to worry. The love, caring and compassion of the teachers always made them (and us) feel welcome. I’ve recommended Funshine to many parents over the years and will continue to do so. The teachers work so hard and teach them so much. Jack and Audrey were both well-prepared for Kindergarten (although Aud would be happy to stay here forever!) Thank you so much!
Kyle OvermyerFunshine provides my family with peace of mind knowing that my girls are in amazing hands throughout the day when I am at work. The teachers are extraordinary! they are so loving toward all the children and parents. My children love the people they interact with everyday; teachers, kids, and office staff! Funshine is an amazing place!
The Miller FamilyAll of my children, now 10, 8 and 7 attended Funshine. The teachers genuinely cared for each of my children. We went back to visit and my children were able to visit with all of their old preschool teachers. They were just as loving as I remembered and greeted us with warm hugs, old pictures and great stories. I miss my Funshine family and will be sure to visit more often. I highly recommend Funshine for the following reasons: Caring Teachers, Loving Atmosphere, Educational Environment (my children were well prepared for 1st grade and thrived socially), Professional Staff, Clean Facility (with plenty of natural sunlight and a new mural), music, Spanish and gymnastic classes
The Mohler'sMr. DeWayne's Pre-K program could not have prepared my son any better for Kindergarten! He learned to read and complete basic book reports before leaving Funshine. Miss Wendy is very gifted at understanding each child as a unique individual and prides herself on preparing them for Pre-K .
Sheri WoodFunshine offers a safe environment to leave your child with no worries while you are at work. There are small student/teacher ratios so everyone knows you as well as your child. The caring, trusting, and friendsly staff keeps my 4 year old wanting to go back to preschool daily, she loves going! My child loes her teachers/staff, and fun and creative learning experiences. I also like the extra's for example; field trips, book mobile library, Soccer Shots program and the Holiday Park program.