Welcome to SUMS!
Suntree United Methodist School’s philosophy is, each child is a unique gift from God and will be accepted for who he or she is. The children will be respected and loved while in our care. Each child will have the opportunity to build positive learning experiences, grow in self-concept and self-esteem, and to gain abilities in problem solving. The children will also learn to grow in the spiritual, social, physical, mental and emotional areas.
Below you will see the classes offered here at SUMS. For more information about classes, days, times and tuition rates please read our student handbook found here and in the registration section of this website. We offer tours of our facility Monday – Friday. We recommend coming in between 9:30 & 11:30 due to arrival and dismissal.
Please contact the preschool office at 321.254.3866 for more information about taking a tour and/or to learn more about our programs.
Three Year Old
We have a beautifully revolving door of eager volunteers here at SUMS; everything from bee keepers and conservationists to firefighters and nurses. Community helpers allow our community to thrive. We are honored to have amazing helpers within our school community that are always willing to share their talents with our students and teachers. Please let your child's teacher know if you are interested in volunteering and/or sharing your special talents.
SUMS is Recognized for Exemplary Practice
The University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning staff are developing online courses for early childhood professionals. In particular, we are looking to capture video of educators engaged in wonderful interactions with children and families that can serve as models for other professionals. We are thrilled to be working with Suntree United Methodist School to capture images and video of quality interactions with children and families. Any footage that is recorded will be used for the professional development of early childhood educators.
As a family in the program, I have witnessed many examples of exemplary practice with young children and their families at SUMS. This is exactly what we would like to capture during our visits! The goal is to obtain examples of high-quality practices. For example,
Teachers’ and family members’ participating in conversations
Families learning about the program
Families networking with each other
Teachers building relationships with the children and families
Children learning about their classroom in a relaxed atmosphere
Positive Teacher-child interactions
Teachers and families participating in educational experiences
Children’s participation in literacy activities, outdoor play, lunch and snack time, and other regular daily activities
Finding an early learning program that implements so many high-quality practices is rare. And I am thrilled to be part of the program and highlight the wonderful early learning experiences that take place.
Thank you for welcoming me to your school.
Hilary Nelson, M.Ed Instructional Designer
What Does an Ideal Kindergarten Look Like?
Ask any number of educators and parents, and you will get many different descriptions of the ideal kindergarten. But there are certain basic agreements among educators as to what makes a good program. It should:
Expand your child’s ability to learn about (and from) the world, to organize information, and to solve problems. This increases his/her feelings of self-worth and confidence, ability to work with others, and interest in challenging tasks.
Provide a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) activities. Investigations and projects allow your child to work both on her own and in small groups.
Keep large group activities that require sitting and listening to a minimum. Instead, most activities feature play-based, hands-on learning in small groups. As the year progresses, large group activities become a bit longer in preparation for 1st grade.
Foster a love of books, reading, and writing. There are books, words, and kids’ own writing all over the classroom.
When looking at programs, keep these elements in mind — as well as the specific needs of your child and family. Not every program is perfect for every child. Some children thrive in a program with more direction, some with less. Talk to your child’s preschool teacher, visit a few schools, and talk to the principal or a kindergarten teacher before deciding (Scholastic).
In response to multiple requests to extend the SUMS experience beyond VPK, we are continuing to offer Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to possessing what educators categorize as ideal, SUMS incorporates so much more. I look forward to sharing with you what separates SUMS from other early childhood experiences. Please email Dr. Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 321-254-3866 to get more information and/or register.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Gardening within a school setting and beyond engages children by providing an interactive environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. School gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging children to become active participants in the learning process.
Studies have shown that school gardens encourage preference and consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase parental support and involvement, and improve childrens’ enthusiasm about preschool, teamwork skills, and self-understanding.
The gardens here at SUMS are a dream that has become a reality because of the kind donations made by our school families, church and community members, and local businesses. Our gardens allows us to further integrate authentic opportunities into our daily learning.
Thank you for continuing to walk with us on this journey.
Dr. Diana Brings Science to Life
Hands-on learning is a part of every day here at SUMS, but science is really brought to life during Dr. Diana's monthly visit. This month the children experienced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You can click on the picture of Dr. Diana to access the handout from our Family STEM Night.