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Orlando, FL 32801

407-996-5864

Weekday School is a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.  Our school is known for its committed teaching staff, play-based learning environment, and personalized focus on each child. Small class sizes and a strong network of parent volunteers ensure that the Weekday School is an ideal place for young children to grow and learn.

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what great parents do | april 2018

Vicki Rutledge

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, 
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
 Matthew 19:14

Great parents give their children a spiritual foundation. We believe the God who knit your child together in amazing and wonderful ways (Psalm 139:13-14) also wants a personal relationship with your child (and you too!). Like a house built on a solid foundation that withstands storms and changing seasons, a life built on the spiritual foundation of a loving relationship with God has enduring purpose and worth.

Here’s the great news! Preschoolers are naturally open and receptive to God. It is easy to speak spiritual truths into their lives. A preschooler’s faith is “imitative.” They imitate or copy what they see parents and teachers do. Preschoolers use their imaginations to relate to God. They blend stories they hear with the stories they live in a way that makes a story about loaves and fishes (Jesus Feeds 5 Thousand) just as memorable as yesterday’s pizza. When it comes to Bible stories, preschoolers may miss a few details or add some embellishments. They aren’t overthinking it, they are just imagining it. 

And yet...you may feel intimidated or unsure. Maybe you weren’t raised in a Christ-centered home. Or maybe you were raised in a Christian home and it left a bad taste in your mouth. Where do you even begin? 

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Start small and simple. Say a prayer at meals. Say a prayer at bedtime. Buy a children’s Bible and read it to your child. Ruth Haley Barton writes, “Our God is so faithful that He will fill any space we open to Him.” If you’re ready to take a step in this direction, the resources below can guide you. 

Best Bibles for Preschoolers

Praying with Your Preschooler

Being in a Christian preschool is a great way to introduce a child to God. Going to church as a family is an important next step as well. There are many great churches in our area with strong programs for children. We encourage you to find a church home. Please remember that you are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church, Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings.
 

faith and family | april 2018

Vicki Rutledge

Living in the Promise of Easter
 
Easter gives us the chance to celebrate Jesus and the eternal gift He gave us through His death on the cross and resurrection. We rejoice because we have new life in Christ. In the past several days, I’ve felt challenged to celebrate the promise of Easter not only once a year, but every single day.

Knowing that Jesus paid the ultimate price on our behalf makes us want to live our lives as an offering to Him in response. It makes us want to love each other without selfish ambition or gain, forgive without measure as the Lord has forgiven us, and give abundantly. It makes us want to embrace the marginalized, abandoned, and sick. It makes us want to show compassion to all those who suffer. It makes us want to sacrifice our own lives for those of others.  It makes us want to build, create, hope, and disciple.

What does this mean for our children, and how do we show them how to also live in light of Christ’s resurrection? First, we can share with them why we celebrate Easter. Luke 24:1-9 in The Message translation helps little ones understand the resurrection in more familiar terms. 
 
Children are hard-wired to understand spiritual truths because they love stories, movies and books with a happy ending. The resurrection is the happiest ending in history.
 
Our family loves this activity that incorporates Jesus into the Easter celebrations that seem to focus more on eggs, bunnies and candy. This could be something you also incorporate with your Weekday Schooler this spring as we continue to daily celebrate the resurrection: 
 
Find a photo of a real rabbit, and show it to your children. Explain to them that real Easter bunnies:

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  • are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b).
  • are gentle, kind-hearted and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32).
  • have big ears that are quick to listen (James 1:19).
  • have big eyes to look carefully and choose what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
  • have no voice for complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:13).
  • are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing (Philippians 4:4-6).
  • have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28: 19-20).
  • eat what is healthy by filling up on God's word every day (Psalm 119:11).

Happy Easter! He is risen indeed. 

Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator
 

from the director | april 2018

Vicki Rutledge

I am regularly amazed by how quickly preschoolers grow. Their physical growth is often the easiest to recognize. There are some Mondays when it looks like children are walking into school an inch taller than the Friday before. 

This is the also the time of school year where skill proficiency kicks in. After months of practice, opening and closing scissors are easier, holding a pencil feels more natural, and crossing the monkey bars is doable. Watching many of the 4 Day students write their names with confidence gives all of us such a sense of accomplishment. Classrooms in April “hum” as children play and socialize in ways that sometimes felt like an impossible goal in September (just keeping it real, folks).

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Spiritual growth is a little trickier to measure than physical growth, for example. We can observe spiritual behaviors at school such as participating in class prayers, listening to Bible stories and reciting Bible verses. But how do we know what is growing inside a child’s heart? Genuine growth in faith is an outward and an inward journey. Behavior alone is only a partial measure. One way we like to measure spiritual growth is by asking questions. We recently asked our 4 Day students 3 questions. Here are some of their answers:

Tell me what you know about God. Why is God special?
“He made the whole Earth for us to live in.”
“He can hear people.”
“He won’t let us die on the cross because Jesus already did.”

What do you like to talk to God about?
“I like to ask Him, ‘Do you love me?’”
“I talk to him about helping me sleep because I’m always waiting for it to be morning.”
“When I’m in bed, I talk to Him in my head, but I forget what I say.”

What is your favorite Bible story and why?
“I like the fishy story - Jonah fell in the fish. I like it because I love fishing so much.”
“When Jesus was born because there are two Gods after that.”
“When God closes the lion’s mouth because Daniel gets out.”
“When Jesus was born because God used a star to show others where Jesus was born.”
“The Easter story one because I get to eat candy.”

I want to encourage you to foster your child’s spiritual growth with as much passion as you encourage academic and social skills. Children are the most open to faith in the preschool and elementary years. Giving them a foundation from a young age makes a lasting difference In “What Great Parents Do” this month, we’ll share a few super simple steps to guide you.

Finally, I want to express my appreciation to a fantastic group of leaders who I love and admire - our 2017-18 Advisory Board led by Kristen Burden. Thank you for feeding our staff each month at our monthly meetings (HUGE!). Thank you for organizing and running events that build community among parents like the “Cup of Christmas Tea” and “Daddy and Me Day.” Thank you for organizing our Room Parents so teachers are supported and well-resourced. Thank you for the FUN FAIR and stocking supplies for woodworking...and ALL that you have given to Weekday School this year. Our Advisory Board is amazing and I thank God for each of you!

In Christ,

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try this at home | march 2018

Vicki Rutledge

4 ways to talk about Easter with young children

If you have a preschooler in your family, you may be wondering the best way to share the story of Easter in a way that is developmentally and emotionally appropriate for your child. 

Teaching children about the birth of Jesus at Christmas time is easy and appealing. Everyone loves the story of a God’s Son being born in a stable surrounded by angels, shepherds, cows, and sheep.

Teaching a young child about the death and resurrection of Jesus can feel a bit daunting. You may be tempted to skip the part of the story about Jesus on the cross because you are concerned that your child will be overly sad or disturbed by Jesus’ death. While every child is unique in temperament and development, here are some general guidelines for sharing the Easter story:

1.    Keep it simple: Stick with the basics of the Easter story and save the details about nails, the crown of thorns or other painful details for when your child is older. You may simply say to your three year old: “Jesus was hurt by some bad guys and they put Him on the cross and He died.”  
2.    Tell the truth: Death is a part of life. If your child has lost a goldfish or a great-grandparent, they may have already felt the sadness that death can bring. In a gentle and simple way, talking about death helps a child understand their world and the promises of life after death with God. 
3.    Focus on the GOOD NEWS: Jesus came to life again. He beat death! He made a way for us to go heaven! Easter is a story with a happy-ever-after ending. 
4.    Answer their questions: Little people don’t process big things all at once. Expect lots of questions. Answer them the best you can, keeping in mind that short answers are best. It’s also okay to say, “I don’t know…what do you think?” Questions mean that your child is thinking about Jesus, which is a good thing!