Little Pilgrim School

Overview

Little Pilgrim School, founded by Fauntleroy Church in 1952, will be celebrating its 58th year of providing a Christian environment for the growth and development of children 2 to 5 years old. Little Pilgrim School's philosophy and purpose is to teach the whole child - to help them grow not only intellectually but also spiritually, creatively, and emotionally. The school operates with a capacity of 82 students.

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Statement of Purpose

Little Pilgrim School, sponsored by the Board of Christian Education, Fauntleroy Church, UCC, is a unique enrichment program for two to five year old children that provides a Christian environment for individual growth by:

  1. Guiding children toward their God-given potential by stimulating their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and physical development;
  2. Introducing children to structured and unstructured group learning experiences and facilitating their social interactions;
  3. Identifying special needs of children, including professional screening for speech hearing and vision and making appropriate referrals;
  4. Conferencing with parents to provide increased awareness of their child's growth and supporting them in parenting responsibilities;
  5. Being an outreach service of the church to the community;
  6. Affirming the faith and values of Fauntleroy Church;
  7. Honoring the faith traditions of each pupil;
  8. Communicating a knowledge and love of God through words and experiences using age-appropriate Christian concepts, and the virtues wording;
  9. Offering a warm and secure atmosphere for exploring our world; and
  10. Fostering creativity, fun, and a joy in learning and living.

Philosophy

We acknowledge that it is the kind of experiences offered and the way adults interact with children that are the most important components of Little Pilgrim School. Because God’s love cannot be confined to a particular place or particular people, we are inclusive of all people in the use of language, and give equal value to sexes, races and nationalities. Current teaching methods and quality materials are used as we work with the children in our care.

We love the child so the child will learn to love. We present ourselves as trustworthy and dependable so the child learns to trust and grow in faith. We accept angry feelings, we seek to understand fears and we forgive errors so the child learns to handle anger, fears and guilt in acceptable ways. We deal with children in this way because it is the way God deals with us. It is the way Christian people live and treat one another.

During early childhood we do very little talking about the gospel. We do not say much about God, Jesus, the Bible and prayer, but seek to establish the foundation for the child’s relationship to the church, the body of Christ and the people of God by letting the child experience, at the preschool level, the Christian life. When the child can use words and ideas easily, conversation about and study of the facts of our Christian faith begins. During early childhood we will build a strong base from which that study of facts can develop.

Updated: 1/11/10: L. Cook: J. VanGilder