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St Stephen's United Methodist Church Preschool

9203 Braddock Road
Burke, VA 22015

(703) 978-9024


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"• provide a routine to give children security and teach organizational skills.
• Use fun sound, color, shape, size, letter and number activities to prepare for reading, writing, math and science.
• Guide positive verbal and physical social interaction which teaches problem solving with peers.
• Use a minimum of help techniques in open-ended activities to provide a child's
maximum independence.
• Use PLAY encouraging children to explore, expand abilities, follow directions,
sequence steps and develop age appropriate skills.
• Encourage use and coordination of the whole body and all the senses
• Help children care for all living things to contribute to school, work and community."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Circle—theme and seasonal ideas
Learning Centers—(teacher directed/self initiated)
Science table
Home living
Blocks, large building toys
Small muscle manipulatives
Texture tables—water, sand, rice, beans
Art—creative process and directed
Enrichment Program
Music—songs, signing, rhythm instruments
Creative Movement—large muscle development
Rainbow Room—science, wildlife habitat and nature trail
Snack—cooking experiences (allergy monitored)
Story Time
Feltboard games
Outdoor Playground/Inside Playroom
Tricycles/ball games/climbing/swinging"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school