At First United Methodist Preschool, we incorporate many Austin offerings for young children.
As the State Capitol building is located adjacent to the school campus, our children regularly play on the Capitol lawn. The 22-acre Capitol Complex lawn is covered with sprawling live oak trees and provides an open expanse of green space for the children to explore. Rolling down the grassy hills at the Capitol is a favorite memory of children who have attended our program. The children also visit the statuary and the rose garden on the grounds. It is a grand experience. We also host two all-school picnics on the Capitol Grounds each year.
Our low ratios in our infant and toddler classes mean nurturing teachers are responsive and engaging with children. Our threes and PreKindergarten classes have regular visits from our downtown “neighbors,” such as the Austin Nature Center, the Austin Public Library, the Austin Fire Department, and more. Our PreK classes also enjoy field trips via Cap Metro to enhance our fine arts and science curriculum. The children visit local theaters, like Zach Scott, for children’s plays and nearby museums, like the Blanton, and the University of Texas Campus.
And we did not forget live music! We host a mini-music festival each February for the entire school. Also, the rotunda offers musical events at noon hours several days a week. Our teachers partake in a walking trip to enjoy live music in the Capitol, in the “Live Music Capital of the World.”