First Friends Preschool
Director
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (ESV)
Our Purpose
The Purpose of First Friends Preschool is to provide care, education and developmental opportunities for children so that they may achieve their God given potential spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.
 
Let us choose what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good.” – Job 34:4
 
Objectives, in addition to all of the Oklahoma Department of Education Preschool Objectives listed in out handbook:
  • To effectively communicate God’s love for each child and their family.
  • To help the church have a ministry to families.
  • Offer our community an early childhood program of the highest standards.
  • Provide a safe, secure and loving environment to educate children and support families in the important task of raising children.
  • Provide each child with a quality Christian experience that will meet his/her individual needs.
  • Help children in the interactive process of learning, incorporating a spirit of cooperation and developing a positive attitude toward education.
Our Program
Teacher
Jamie Hawthorne
Email: jhawthorne@fbcdurant.org
Teacher
Kay Pierce
 
Our school is for children 3 and 4 years of age (as of September 1st).
3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
4-year-old class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
First Friends Preschool is a member of the Oklahoma Baptist Church Weekday Education Association. The Preschool is administered by the Director, our children’s minister, Jim Hodson. Our teacher and assistants are all competent, understanding individuals with the experience, knowledge and love essential to teaching young children.
 
Tuition is due on the 1st of each month and is payable by the 10th of each month in the church office.
3-Year-Old Class:
Children must be 3 years old by September 1.
First month’s tuition of $130.00 – each calendar month, August-May.
 
4-Year-Old Class:
Children must be 4 years old by September 1.
First month’s tuition of $190.00 – each calendar month, August-May.
Our Curriculum
We are using two curriculum’s, along with other ideas.
A Beka Curriculum is a Christian based curriculum of preschool Chapel lessons and colorful preschool workbooks for numbers, letters and cutting and pasting.
Wee Learn Curriculum is an age appropriate, developmentally based curriculum that provides a teaching theme for each week. Around the topics, teachers organize Bible stories and verses, hands-on activities, play and other developmental learning opportunities.
Our Facilities
Our Preschool is located in two rooms in the preschool wing of our church that are only used for our weekday school, with a restroom between the two rooms.  Our rooms are arranged into play-learning centers, where children can make choices for individual and small group activities, and we have large colorful rugs for circle time in the classrooms. We use the Heritage Room for our Chapel time. We have an outdoor playground in an enclosed, shaded area, with safe, modern equipment. We also have a large room that we can go to for indoor large muscle play, when needed. Our Preschool wing is locked during First Friends Preschool hours for safety and education purposes.