Our program is based on the unique interests, needs, and abilities of the preschool aged child. Thanks to our low teacher-to-child ratios, our teachers get to know each child on an individual basis. They assess children’s current developmental levels and set individual and classroom goals for new milestones.
Curriculum is then derived from those goals and in the interests of children. Teachers select activities that facilitate growth in the five primary domains of child development: cognitive, motor, social, emotional, and language. Each day is planned and balanced with respect to indoor and outdoor time; individual, small group and large group activities; and quiet and active play.
We have found this method of a play-based, hands-on, active learning environment for young children to be one in which children grow and thrive.
Enrichment is a key element of our program. We bring our downtown neighbors into the school for the children to experience unique Austin experiences. We have the Austin Public Library visit us for story hour. The Austin Nature Center brings their traveling education program to us; insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fossils and more. We have visits from the Austin Fire Department, the DPS State Mounted Patrol, and more. Also, our Prekindergarten classes travel on field trips, via Cap Metro buses. They explore UT Austin and attend children’s theater performances at Zach Scott Theatre. We carefully craft enrichment that is age-appropriate, enhance children’s learning, and give a nod to our unique location in the heart of downtown Austin.
Want even more information about a play-based program?
Read the director’s article about the FUMP DEVELOPMENTAL PHILOSOPHY
and how it meets individual children’s needs in the classroom setting.
FUMP is a screen-free school. Read more about our TECH-FREE PHILOSOPHY.
Teacher to Child Ratios
|Infants||2 to 7|
|Toddlers||2 to 9|
|Twos||2 to 10|
|Threes||2 to 12|
|Prekindergarten||2 to 16|
Age Group Experiences
Our primary concern is loving, responsive care for the infants and young toddlers. There are many routines, but few schedules. Each child’s needs for comfort, stimulation, nourishment, and sleep are met as they are manifested. The environment is arranged to allow for individual growth and to encourage exploration. Parents are given written daily notes about their child’s day at preschool.
Toddlers and Twos
The classroom routine allows for busy, active times and calm, quieter moments. Teachers carefully select activities and materials based on the children’s developmental level and their interests. Children choose their learning center, such as dramatic play, blocks, sensory experiences, books, and manipulatives. Each class gathers daily for a group time to connect as a classroom community and further both cognitive and social growth.
Building on the premise of the Toddler and Twos experience, FUMP continues to support children’s development through intentional curriculum and activities. These children are independent, eager to learn and ready to include friends in play. Their classroom must challenge them to explore and create, while allowing for security and comfort. Age-appropriate cognitive concepts, such as counting objects, recognizing letters, and handwriting opportunities are introduced through the learning center materials. The collection of learning center materials increases, creating more opportunities for learning, experimentation and creativity. Activities include options for both quiet, individual/small group play and busy, larger group efforts.
As children enter the Prekindergarten program, they are encouraged to master the skills necessary for entering elementary school. Those skills include cognitive growth in literacy and numeracy concepts introduced in learning centers and at group time. The classroom materials will allow for exploration and discovery, while supporting cognitive growth. Opportunities for creative expression in art, music, and dramatic play will enhance the school program. Further, they will be learning about being self-sufficient in the classroom: maintaining their backpack, following directions, conflict resolution with peers, etc. Teachers will be communicating with parents about both developmental progress and kindergarten readiness.