Our curriculum is inspired the approach held by Ms Penny, who brought her preschool to our church in the 1980's when our education building was newly built but not being used during the week. Long before naming it "and emergent approach" or "child-led discovery", Ms Penny and her teachers believed in the importance of play and discovery. As trends in pedagogy have come and gone, what has remained foundation at our preschool is our understanding of our role to create a nurturing atmosphere where a love for learning can grow.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Our curriculum includes instruction in the core areas of Literacy, Math, Social Studies, and Science as well as art, music, and physical education. We draw inspiration from the emergent model of education and the Project Approach, a teaching technique developed by leading educators Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard. The daily schedule encourages collaborative learning, self-initiated discoveries, hands-on learning, creative & critical thinking, as well as imaginative play. Our nature-oriented approach includes regular time spent outdoors. Research has shown that outdoor nature experiences have a direct and positive effect on children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Our Unique Approach
Not every child learns in the same way. By discovering your child's unique learning profile, we work with their pattern of development to help them grow in knowledge and gain confidence in learning.
See our daily schedule to learn more. We are an inclusive school where neuro-diversity is recognized and respected. See our school calendars to view the year at a glance SCHOOL YEAR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21
Teacher to Student Ratio
Our teacher to student ratio of 1:14, means class size is limited at 14 students with one teacher. This low ratio and the addition of a second qualified support adult allows for individual attention and encouragement. By working with the unique learning profile of each student, we can better understand each child’s pattern of development to ensure they master the knowledge and improve their grade level skills..
Our Roots in the Methodist Movement
Our creative educational approach combines heart and mind, intellect and passion, worship and prayer. As an outreach ministry of Mt Harmony- Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church, The Wesley School is inspired by our Wesleyan heritage. The Reverends John and Charles Wesley, along with the early educational influence of their mother Susanna, believed education is the key to a fuller, richer life for individuals and society. When Susanna's children were small, she developed a remarkable and effective method of education and spiritual nurture. As they grew older, she wrote manuals for them on such topics as the attributes of God, the Apostles' Creed, and the Holy Spirit. John, Charles, and the other children relied on her wise counsel on matters spiritual, theological, and personal.
Seeking to "do all the good you can" an early motto of the Methodist movement is at the core of our school’s values.
"For us, this translates into teaching children to understand who they are, their unique gifts and to respect one another. As a community, it means discovering that no matter our age or skill level, together we can make a difference in the world.” - Rev. Faith Wilkerson, Head of School