By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Education | Issue: April 2013
Children enjoy the “natural” playground at Mustard Seed Christian Preschool.
For the past 35 years, the mission of Mustard Seed Christian Preschool, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Claremore, has been to create an environment where children can discover and develop their God-given talents and use them to serve God and others.
Mustard Seed offers programs for 3 and 4-year-olds, and in the fall the facility will expand its offerings with the addition of an enriched program. Through this program, the school will be introducing computer tablets in each classroom for educational use, a small class size with a maximum of 11 students per class, and a brand-new Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt “Splash into Pre-K” reading and language arts curriculum. The school currently has a theme-based learning program, but by including the Houghton-Mifflin reading and language arts curriculum, they will be further preparing your children for kindergarten. The 3-year-olds will be using Splash into Pre-K elements appropriate for their age.
“When children are here, they are actively learning through activities, learning centers and play,” says Vicki Mosier, school administrator and chairman of the school board for the past five years. Vicki is a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, and her children attended Mustard Seed.
Mustard Seed opened in 1978 to provide children a quality education in a loving, Christian environment. The preschool is the only National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited part-day program in Rogers County. As an NAEYC preschool, administrators and teachers go above and beyond to earn and maintain what is considered the gold standard in early childhood accreditation. With a three-star facility ranking, Mustard Seed has also achieved the highest possible rating from the Oklahoma Department of Education.
With five master teachers, the preschool offers small class sizes, which creates a very tight-knit group of 50 to 60 families. “When people hear ‘Mustard Seed,’ they recognize the name. We currently have students whose parents were students at Mustard Seed, including one of our teachers, who was also a student here. Our program has a rich history in the Claremore community providing love and learning,” says Vicki.
Learning doesn’t end in the classroom, however, as all students have an opportunity to experience a natural playground, offering a “green” alternative to regular playground equipment. The new playground incorporates areas for gross motor activity and outdoor classrooms, including centers for science, art and music with additional activities added each year. A traditional playground with swings and other outdoor equipment is also available.
Fall enrollment for Mustard Seed Christian Preschool is currently ongoing. For more information, check out their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mustardseed102, their website, www.mustardseed102.com, or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.