The Playhouse

MISSION

The Playhouse is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church for families with young children (ages 1-3). The mission of the church is to know Christ and to make Christ known together. To work towards that mission, we use the Gospel Project, which is used for First Presbyterian Church children’s ministry. We engage children with Christian songs and principles and incorporate the opportunity for children to share the Gospel with others.

 

CURRICULUM

Montessori Inspired: Neither our teachers or our curriculum are certified Montessori. We are, however, inspired by the Montessori philosophy, which promotes a prepared environment that follows the lead of the child. We guide children with an ordered arrangement of learning materials and routine of order. There is freedom of choice and movement in the classroom where teachers act as a guide to help children progress to the next level of development. They are invited to experience the world with their five senses. In the Montessori environment, nothing is ever done for the child that he can do for himself.  This is the most important thing parents can reinforce at home to promote independence and confidence for his future development.

 

Practical Life:  Through the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives. The Playhouse offers the early Practical Life exercises, such as Pouring, Opening and Closing, Spooning, Bead Stringing, and Water Activities. These activities are aimed at enhancing the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence.

 

Language:  The Language materials in The Playhouse encourage the refinement and enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally reading. Early Language materials and oral exercises like storytelling and reading aloud support the toddler’s need to be immersed in language. Activities include books, puzzles, naming objects like fruits, vegetables and animals, and beginning sound games.

 

Sensorial:  A toddler’s senses are challenged to match and sort objects by size, shape, color, or texture in the environment. Sorting is used to assist the child in creating mental categories. Exploring how water, sand, clay and other materials behave when manipulated is fascinating to the child as well.

 

Math:  To help prepare the mathematical mind, toddlers are exposed to the world of numbers through counting games and concrete materials. Math activities include stacking and nesting cubes, number blocks and puzzles, and sorting and counting materials.

 

The Playhouse runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  Our program will follow the same calendar as the Children’s House Montessori School.

 

We are also offering a summer program in June and July on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will run from June 11 – August 1 (we will not meet on July 4) with the same monthly rates.

 

If you have any questions about the Playhouse program, contact Malorie Young, Playhouse coordinator.

THE PLAYHOUSE TUITION RATES

Church Members –  $130/month
Non-Member – $150/month

THE PLAYHOUSE ACADEMIC CALENDAR – 2018-19

 

We will follow the Children’s House schedule, which is based on the Ocean Springs School District for closings due to emergency situations (weather) and holidays.

 

August 30 – Meet the Teacher

September 4 – First Day

October 25 – Fall Fest

November 20 & 23 – Thanksgiving Break

December 20, 25 & 27, January 1 & 3 – Christmas Break

March 5 – Mardi Gras Break

April 16 – Easter Egg Hunt

April 23 & 25 – Spring Break

May 16 – Last Day/End of Year Program

FAQ

What is a Montessori-inspired program, and how does it differ from other Mom's Morning Out Programs?

Neither our teachers or our curriculum are certified Montessori. We are, however, inspired by the Montessori philosophy, which promotes a prepared environment that follows the lead of the child. We guide children with an ordered arrangement of learning materials, activities and the philosophy based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori.

 

What aged children do you accept at The Playhouse?

Children should be no younger than age 1 and no older than 2 as of September 1. If your child is not yet 1, you may go ahead and fill out an interest form.

How much does it cost to have my child attend The Playhouse?

Church Member – $130/month
Non-Member – $150/month

How many days will my child attend The Playhouse each week?

The Playhouse is a Mom’s Morning Out program that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM from September to May.

Do you have a holiday schedule?

THE PLAYHOUSE ACADEMIC CALENDAR – 2018-19

August 30 – Meet the Teacher
September 4 – First Day
October 25 – Fall Fest
November 20 & 23 – Thanksgiving Break
December 20, 25 & 27, January 1 & 3 – Christmas Break
March 5 – Mardi Gras Break
April 16 – Easter Egg Hunt
April 23 & 25 – Spring Break
May 16 – Last Day/End of Year Program

 

We follow the schedule of the Children’s House, which follows Ocean Springs School District for holidays and emergencies.

Will enrolling my child in The Playhouse automatically qualify my child for admission to the Children's House?

No. You should go ahead and put your child on the waiting list for the Children’s House if you have not yet done so. Although we work in cooperation with the Children’s House, we are a separate program. Admission there is independent from The Playhouse.

Interested in Enrolling?

 

Thank you for your interest in our program! Enrollment is now open for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019-20. Please fill out the enrollment interest form below. We will be happy to contact you to discuss enrollment or answer any questions.

 

Playhouse Enrollment Interest Form