Parent and Student

Handbook

You can find our Parent and Student Handbook by clicking our logo!

Safe Sanctuaries

Along with our personal handbook and the Department of Human Resources standards, we also abide by the United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries standards, so you can rest assured that your child is well taken care of and safe! If you would like to know more about Safe Sanctuaries, please click the picture for the Decatur FUMC policy!

Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide a Christian environment through a variety of learning and play experiences that contribute to the spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of each child.

To Achieve our goals

We strive to provide a safe and loving atmosphere where parents can feel secure about leaving their children in our care. 

We believe that each child is a unique individual. We are sensitive to a child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We provide developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning and which provide success for all. We encourage not just learning, but the love of learning. 

We believe that the strength of our program is in the dedication of our teaching staff. We support our teachers with staff development, resources, and the freedom to create the best learning experiences for the children. The teachers encourage creativity, curiosity, and self-esteem, while making learning fun. 

We believe in positive methods of discipline. We establish consistent, age-appropriate limits to help children function in their world. We hope to encourage a sense of independence and responsibility resulting in an increased awareness of others and respect for each other. 

We believe in providing a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy and oriented to children. The classrooms are arranged to provide an environment in which children construct knowledge, use communication with adults and peers as part of the learning process, and use their creativity in varied ways. Developmental levels of children are considered as the classrooms are designed. 

Curriculum

First Grace uses a Faith Based Curriculum along with incorporating Math and Science activities in the classroom and in the curriculum lab, which students visit once a week. The curriculum is theme based and is also supplemented by additional resources to enhance the learning experience for each child. As there are many different learning styles, we strive to use many different methods and teaching styles to reach each student. It is our desire for each child to become a lifelong learner who is independent, self-confident, and inquisitive.  

Chapel

Chapel is held on Wednesday mornings with Pastor Hughey in the Sanctuary at 8:30 a.m.