The Playhouse is a Montessori-inspired Christian Mom’s Morning Out program.  It is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs.  Our vision is to provide a nurturing environment for toddlers ages 1-2 years old (as of September 1), where they can explore, gain independence, and learn about God’s love.

Our primary goal is to serve the moms of our church and community by providing a place for their children, who are too young to attend the Children’s House, to learn and play in an enriching Montessori environment.  It functions as a ministry to families while providing an excellent Christian preschool education.  Our mission follows that of the church – to know Christ and to make Christ known together.

The Playhouse follows The Gospel Project curriculum infused with Montessori philosophy.

The Playhouse will kick off on Tuesday, September 5 and run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  Our program will follow the same calendar as the Children’s House Montessori School.

The children will meet their teachers on Tuesday, August 31 from 10-11 AM.  The Playhouse officially starts on Tuesday, September 5 from 10-11 AM.

Allowing children to meet teachers and get familiar with their environment is important. The first week, we encourage parents to stay and play while their child gains confidence to play independently. This time helps us ensure a successful start in the Montessori environment.

The Playhouse Tuition Rates

The tuition for the Playhouse is as follows:

Church Members:  $60/month for one day; $120/month for both days

Non-Members:  $70/month for one day; $140/month for both days

The first tuition payment for each student is due September 1, 2017. Tuition is due on the first day of the month and will be considered late after the 5th.

A late fee of $15 will be added to any payment received after the 5th of the month. A fee of $35 will be charged for returned checks.

Please bring your tuition payment to the church office or mail to:

The Playhouse at FPCOS, 921 Ocean Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Please feel free to contact The Playhouse director, Pamela Albanese, with any questions or concerns that you might have.

The Playhouse Experience

The Playhouse Mom’s Morning Out program may be the first “classroom” environment your child experiences from home to school.  Our environment is prepared to give the child the opportunity to discover himself/herself, through independent activities that focus on each child’s particular stage of development. At the Playhouse, our role is to nurture the child through his or her unconscious absorption of language, community and culture, as well as to encourage and promote the expansion of fine and gross motor movement. The child at this age goes through huge leaps of development and each teacher uses the Montessori tool of observation to best guide each student in his or her growth.

Environment:

The Playhouse is a Christian Mom’s Morning Out program that is family-oriented and each of our toddler environments welcome open communication with families. Our teachers partner with parents to seek the best possible opportunities for growth and development for each child. Each toddler room has its own personality, but are equally committed to the Playhouse vision and to the Montessori philosophy and curriculum.

Curriculum:

The first three years of a child’s life forms the foundation of the person the child will become.  The Playhouse offers thoughtful experiences for each child, based on individual needs. This is not a daycare environment; it is a place where our teachers choose to spend their time and energy; to be advocates for the youngest child and to be a guide to the child’s rapid growth.

The MMO program is one that offers learning experiences through realistic, concrete and purposeful “work.” For example, a child can be seen mopping or scrubbing a table, painting, watering plants, or practicing language through objects and cards, or through music and rhyme.

“How can this help my child develop?” you may ask. Consider the simple act of scrubbing a table. This material is created with several purposes in mind:

  • It aids in the child’s adaptation to the environment.
  • It teaches the child a practical skill – to wash a table.
  • It helps the child with the act of becoming functionally independent.
  • It aids in the development of the child’s will.
  • It coordinates and refines movement.
  • It aids in social cohesion.
  • The repetition of this work satisfies the child’s need for self-perfection.
  • The toddler is in a sensitive period for order, which is satisfied by sequenced work.
  • It enriches language by learning the names of all of the parts of the work.
  • It aids in the development of self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • It aids in the integration of movement, intellect and will, which will lead the child to normalizing in the environment.

This is just one of the materials in the classroom. Each item on the shelf provides a similar list of purposes, designed specifically to assist the child.

Experience

Our time at school is joyful; singing, laughing, playing in our recreation room, and, yes, working. The efforts of these toddlers are lighthearted and do not hold the same negative connotation that adults often associate with the term “work”. It is the important work of learning words, learning to use the bathroom, learning to be independent, and learning to care for the environment and others in it. The children are given the utmost respect in the classroom. Our classrooms never force a child to work; the child is offered learning opportunities and, through this, the child desires to do a task and repeat it until he or she is satisfied. The adults in the environment have the enormous task of fostering the child’s independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence, all the while guiding the child to more challenging and satisfying tasks. There is nothing more fulfilling to us than watching your children grow into the people they will become!

The Playhouse Holiday Schedule – 2017-18

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.

Thursday, August 31
(10 AM – 11 AM)
Meet the Teacher
Tuesday, October 10Fall Break
Monday – Friday, November 20-24
(returning on Tuesday, November 28)
Thanksgiving Holidays
Friday, December 15 – Wednesday, January 3
(returning on Thursday, January 4)
Christmas Holidays
Tuesday, February 13
(returning on Thursday, February 15)
Mardi Gras Holiday
Tuesday, March 27Easter Egg Hunt (10 AM – 11:30 AM)
Friday, March 30 – Friday, April 6
(returning on Tuesday, April 10)
Spring Break
Thursday, May 17Last Day

FAQ

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

The Playhouse uses materials, activities and the philosophy based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori.

The teachers in the Montessori environment are considered “guides” who help the children discover the materials and explore the learning opportunities each material provides. Children move freely around the environment and choose work that is appealing. The teachers guide them to the next level of work as needed. Our teachers are trained to become familiar with the Montessori method, and observe the implementation at the Children’s House. The main difference between a certified Montessori school and The Playhouse is that our teachers have not yet been certified as Montessori Primary Instructors.

Children in a Montessori environment at this age level focus on practical life. They will learn to have responsibility for their work and environment.

In addition to following The Gospel Project for Christian lessons in the Language area, they will learn with all of their senses and are introduced to music and math.

For a more in-depth look at our curriculum, please refer to our newsletters and parent handbook.

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?

For members of FPCOS, the tuition is $60/month for one day and $120/month for both days. For non-members, it is $70/month for one day and $140/month for both days.

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?

Yes. 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 for the 2017-2018 school year is closed. If you would like to be placed on the wait list for 2018-2019, please fill out the following information. We will be happy to contact you to discuss enrollment or answer any questions.

Playhouse Enrollment Interest Form