Creative Play School was originally organized over 25 years ago by a group of mothers who wanted to provide a quality enrichment and socialization experience for their children. In 2002 it became part of the Children’s Ministries of County Line Church. The annual enrollment is around 180 part-time children.
Classes are limited to 11-18 children, depending on their age, and each group has a teacher and an aide. The program encourages play, discovery, socialization and creativity. It also introduces kindergarten readiness skills as recommended by DeKalb County Learing Link. Tuition for the program covers staff salaries and supplies for the children. The church underwrites the use of facilities, utilities, maintenance and custodial care.
Church members also generously contribute to a scholarship program to provide tuition assistance. The school is supervised by director, Melissa Fuller M.A. CCC-SLP and assistant director Wendi Walborn, and the full-time children’s pastor, Mary Ellen Rayle. It is overseen by a board of church members with experience in education and business administration.
Why are we here?
Our mission is to restore our communities by offering a quality pre-school program that enriches the lives of children and their families.
What do we do?
Our vision is to partner with parents by providing a quality, faith-based setting where children experience development opportunities for their mind, body and spirit and a play-based introduction to kindergarten readiness skills.
How do we think?
We know that children learn best when given the freedom to play and discover in a safe and interesting environment. We think it is important to offer a variety of creative opportunities that are developmentally appropriate where they can learn new concepts, accomplish new tasks and practice problem solving and relational skills. We are intentional about introducing experiences that will help prepare them to be successful learners in the classroom and in life.
We are committed to helping children know they are loved by God and that He has a plan just for them. We communicate this through our personal daily interaction with them and through chapel times twice a month that introduce traditional children’s songs and Bible stories about people who put their trust in Him.
Children meet in small groups two mornings a week with qualified teachers and aides. We offer an optional four-morning pre-K program for 4 year olds who will be attending Kindergarten the following year. All classes meet from 9:00am to 12:00 noon.
The curriculum is planned around themes that encourage social interaction and a play-based introduction to kindergarten readiness skills. Teachers share monthly newsletters with parents to inform them about classroom themes and activities. Their lessons plans are made in advance and submitted to the director. Parent/Teacher conferences are held in February.
What do we Learn?
We know children learn best when given the freedom to play and discover in a safe and interesting environment. We offer a variety of creative opportunities that are developmentally appropriate where they can learn new concepts, accomplish interesting tasks and practice problem solving and relational interaction.
Children are also introduced to the following readiness skills:
Color and shape recognition
Counting and grouping
Pre-reading and pre-math skills
Poetry, stories and language skills
Older classes will be introduced to:
Letter and number identification
Phonetic sounds and word recognition
Beginning math concepts
Writing and fine motor development skills
Children also participate in these regular activities:
Music In Motion Class
Gross Motor Play