Sunday Services: 10:30 am | 201 Templeview Drive Beckley, WV 25801

Mission & Purpose

    For over 30 years, Temple preschool has provided a loving, safe, nurturing environment for children to learn about the love of God as they learn academic essentials. Our goal is to fully prepare children for their “formal” school experience academically, socially and spiritually. We strive to provide the best learning environment, dedicated staff, and age appropriate curriculum so children will begin kindergarten with confidence. We are dedicated to the ideal that each child is unique, and with love and guidance, will grow to become lifetime learners.

    Temple Preschool is an extension ministry of United Methodist Temple. Our vision is to see each child to discover and develop their God-given talents, to trust God and His love beyond Sunday morning, and to support and encourage the family as the primary caregivers and emotional support.

Our Dedicated Team

    UM Temple takes great pride in the quality and dedication of our teaching staff. They are creative, caring and committed to bring out the best in your child. We’re confident you’ll agree with us that they are the best of the best! Our facilities provides a professional yet nurturing home away from home environment where your child will feel safe to explore their world, make new friends and discover new skills that makes learning fun. Our staff are screened and trained to provide exceptional care, learning and encouragment for your child each and every day.  

Safe Sanctuaries

UM Temple is a certified as a  “Safe Sanctuary” facility. We are committed to protect children from sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, exploitation or preditory practices. We offer a safe, secure facility, screened and well-trained staff, and a leadership team committed to your child’s safety and welfare!

Temple preschool offers three different programs designed specifically for each age group: twos, threes, and fours. Scroll through to learn more about each program and the skills we provide.

Skills All Classes Provide


We will share our love for God with each child through Bible stories, prayer time and Christian based activities. Activities include thanking God for His may blessings, learning about the wonder of God’s creations and emphasizing how God is always with us. We nourish and encourage the conversation of God and His role in our daily lives.

Fine Motor Skills

Some of the ways we help your child develop their fine motor skills are by using scissors, painting techniques, puzzles, blocks, markers/crayons and play dough. Crafts and creativity are an essential part of a child's ability to express their unique prespective, independence and beauty.

Large Motor Skills

Our preschool has an outside and inside play area where each class has a playtime each day. Many different techniques are used to encourage exercise, social interaction, respect for others. We play organized games, run, skip, jump, do relay races, ride bikes, use the parachute and other age appropriate movement skills.



Our two year old program is a great way to prepare your child for preschool and begin their foundation for learning. Our goal is to prepare your child for future academic, spiritual, emotional and social success.  For many children, this is their first school experience and we want to make it as happy and positive as possible.  In this class our focus is on learning social skills, sharing, both fine and gross motor skills and color and shape recognition all while having fun playing!  Physical activity is another huge part of our day as it is important to the development of your child’s muscle growth and balance.


Children in our threes classes are learning independence and cooperation while discovering play-based academics. The focus is to teach your child how a classroom operates and how to be independent listeners. Teaching you child when to listen, how to transition from one situation to another and feeling confident about raising their hand to answer a question are all skills that will build self esteem. During the circle time, children are sharing, listening and participating with others. For 3 year olds, we focus on understanding and respecting personal space. Teachers encourage students to use their words to work out problems. The children will learn colors, shapes, numbers, counting and recognition of names/letters. Many different teaching techniques are used to keep your child interested and moving all day long.


The fours curriculum provides a smooth transition from skills learned in the 3 year old classroom to meet the more complex needs of the 4 year olds. This class prepares your child for kindergarten. Children in our four year old class are continuing to develop and awareness of numbers and acquire ideas about size, patterning, one-to one correspondence and number recognition from 1 to 10.

Letter recognition and phonetic awareness are skills that begin to develop in the 4 year old program. We help them discover the purpose of the alphabet to prepare them for when the child learns to read. A four year old has a more developed attention span and can listen and create their own stories with less guidance. We try to help them use their imaginations to create artwork that has a story to tell.

Children build confidence with their ability to follow routines independently and know what is expected of them. Self-management skills are encouraged at this age. It is important that each child create their own projects and do their own work without constant reminders to stay on task. Fours are also beginning to solve their own problems about sharing and difference in opinions. Teachers use encouragement and modeling to enforce these budding skills.


This class is our pre-k class. This class is offered for those who turn 5 by December 31st or for students who have completed a 4’s class and want a bit more time before moving into kindergarten. Kindergarten readiness is our main focus in this class. In the 5’s, we go beyond our 4’s curriculum. Each child builds self confidence by practicing their fine motor skills and expanding their own capabilities.

Preschool Forms