The Growing Place Education

The Best Possible Education



First UMC -The Growing Place’s educational practice and approach is founded on the beliefs and research of the “Constructivist Theories” (Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky) where learning is viewed as a complex process of individual and social experiences, and where children construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through a multitude of experiences and reflecting on those experiences. Classroom practice is child centered and developmentally appropriate. Children are viewed as competent individuals and active learners. Teachers are facilitators and co-learners, who present children with meaningful learning experiences, based on children’s interests, and geared towards creativity, self-expression, exploration, discovery and investigation. The classroom environment is designed with furniture, materials and resources to facilitate and support this process of child centered, active and engaged learning.

Christian Education

DSC_0431_smallOur teaching staff and administration help children to appreciate, show and understand God’s love for all God’s creation, including people of different cultures, races and religions. Throughout the school year and implemented in daily classroom practice and routines, Children:

  • Are given opportunities to experience the creative power of God as they discover the world God created.
  • Are encouraged to participate in Christian worship and music.
  • Participate in a variety of Christian celebrations in the classroom and during school and church sponsored events.
  • Broaden their experiences and build ideas, feelings, and understandings related to the Christian faith through Bible stories, pictures, songs, Bible verses, and play activities.


Building on our educational philosophy, First UMC-The Growing Place uses HighScope curriculum, a research based, and innovative approach to learning and development for toddler, preschool and elementary age children.

What is the Highscope Curriculum?


HighScope's educational approach emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.

To learn more about the HighScope curriculum, visit their website at



Corina Dekker, Director / (305) 446-0846 / / 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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