First Presbyterian Tuscaloosa
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Pre-School Sunday School
Infants-Age 2: (Rooms 107, 111, and 103) Childcare is provided by childcare workers during worship services and the Sunday School hour. Every effort is made to assure that a warm, loving environment is provided in the nursery. Volunteer shepherds greet parents and children from 9:45-10 each week. Infants are kept in rooms 107 and 111. Children who are walking until their 2nd birthday are kept in room 103 (if there are enough in this age group) and children move to room 106 after their 2nd birthday. “Miss” Connie Ward supervises the childcare workers and parents are assigned to volunteer in the nursery during the worship hour on a rotational basis. A Childcare Committee of parents oversees the church nursery.
Two/Three Year Olds (2nd Birthday until eligible for Preschool class): (Room 106) A Sunday School class for two and three year olds is held from 10-10:30 in room 106. This class is taught by Jennie King and Linda Phifer. Children begin this class after their second birthday until the August they are eligible for the Preschool class.
Preschool: (Room 109) A Sunday School class for children who are 3 years old on or before Sept. 2 until the August they enter kindergarten is held in room 109. Paige Mize and Kit Moss teach this class with curriculum that “Miss” Paige has developed. Childcare workers assist the teachers with this class and provide care during the worship hour.
Elementary Sunday School
Kindergarten-Fifth Grade: (Room 209) Sunday School for children in kindergarten through 5th grade is from 9:45-10:45 in room 209. (During the summer if there is only one worship service, Sunday School is from 9-9:45.) We use the Workshop Rotation Model for our Sunday School program. Following is a typical Sunday morning schedule:
9:45-10 Arrival—Students check-in, get their name tags and choose an activity (games, puzzles, coloring, Bible action figures, reading, etc.)
10-10:15 Gathering—All elementary students gather for worship (singing, memory verse and lamp lighting, mission story, offering, prayer, and Bible story).
10:15-10:45 Workshop—Students are divided by grades into 4 different workshops. Examples of workshop activities include Acting, Game Show, Science and Variety in Galatia (films, cooking, art). One Bible story is introduced each month and is reinforced by the four workshops. Each grade cluster goes to a different workshop each week.
Our Workshops are based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner). Children learn in a variety of ways and our goal is to offer opportunities to provide the same content in a variety of teaching and learning styles.
A Sunday School offering is collected to instill the importance of stewardship and help the children connect with the different missions of our congregation.