TUMPS uses Ohio's Early Learning & Development Standards in the planning of our preschool day. Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards (a consistent set of expectations for learning) include Social & Emotional Development, Approaches Toward Learning, Cognition and General Knowledge (including Mathematics, Science and Social Studies), Language and Literacy Development, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development. These standards serve as a framework for designing and implementing meaningful curricular and intentional learning activities.
Our teachers have been trained to utilize the Fundations Pre-K program in the classrooms. Fundations is a multisensory, structured language program being used in the Upper Arlington and Grandview city schools. Pre-K Fundations offers the children an introduction to the letter-sound and writing skills that they will be taught beginning in kindergarten. Fundations supports students' emerging understanding of the alphabetic principles of letter-sound associations and alphabetical order, and the written language skill of manuscript letter formation.
Play is an integral part of our daily program. Children are encouraged during free play to explore a variety of creative experiences. Play fosters a child's social and emotional growth and development as they learn to become a part of a caring community. Many hands-on activities to develop small motor skills as well as art, science, and dramatic play are included in a preschool day. An outdoor play area with climbing equipment, as well as an indoor activity room, promotes large muscle development.
Language and readiness skills are fostered through sharing, songs, stories, finger plays, table toys, and group activities. Math and science skills are developed though many daily activities such as counting, matching, number puzzles, sorting, experiments, cooking, and a wide variety of group activities. Technology is used as a tool to enhance children's knowledge of the world around them, such as watching baby eaglets hatch, visiting the International Space Station and exploring the Columbus Zoo.
Once a month, TUMPS provides an additional Art Lady, Music Lady, Library Lady and Therapy Dog to enhance the children's learning experience.
Thank You to Our Parent Support Group!
TUMPS is lucky to have an active and dedicated Parent Support Group! Our PSG hosts several family friendly events during the year including the Rice Krispie Social, a Winter Family Fun event and our Annual Spring Fling & Silent Auction Fundraiser. Not only do these activities bring families together and promote a sense of community, but the money they raise helps to fund educational extras such as our Art Lady, Music Lady, the Reptile Guy and extra equipment & supplies for our classrooms.
Nondiscrimination Policy: TUMPS admits children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, programs and activities of the preschool. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and scholarship.