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Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool

10300 Stratford Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 591-3120


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool is committed to providing the best possible environment for nurturing young children. We encourage each individual child by placing equal emphasis on physical, social, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual development. Rich and varied active learning opportunities, guided by warm, self-awareness and overall competence. We are dedicated to supporting the child and the family.
Our curriculum is based on the belief that, for children, play is a developmental opportunity to explore their world, find out how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, try out new ideas, and problem-solve. We offer daily opportunities to explore art media, science, writing, dramatic play, building, math, literature and the outdoors. Teachers guide and extend the play to refine emerging social and academic skills. All of the activities presented by the teachers are carefully evaluated for a positive educational outcome that can be incorporated into play while giving children lots of practice of important skills. Our program is a part of the Church's educational and outreach ministries and age-appropriate Christian values guide all curriculum areas. A loving atmosphere of acceptance, trust and structured freedom is our goal to help move children toward love of self, others and God.
Our Preschool admits children of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available through the program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Three's Typical Daily Schedule
Arrival, welcome and free play
9:15 - 9:30 Circle time, songs, finger plays (discussion of
9:30 – 9:40 activities for the day)
Free choice explorative play in centers and arts &
9:40 - 10:40 crafts
Clean up and transition time
10:40 -10:50 Wash hands for snack
10:50 – 11:00 Snack
11:00 – 11:15 Outdoor play
11:15 – 11:45 Good bye time & dismissal
11:45 – 12:00
Four's Typical Daily Schedule
9:15 - 9:30 Arrival, welcome and free play
9:30 – 9:45 Circle: songs, stories, discussions
9:45 – 10:50 Free choice activity time: blocks, art,
manipulatives, computer
10:50 -11:00 Clean up and classroom library time
11:00 – 11:15 Second circle (literacy activities), wash hands for snack
11:15 – 11:30 Snack
11:30 – 11:50 Outdoor play
11:50 – 12:00 Good bye time & dismissal
Pre-K Typical Daily Schedule
Arrival, welcome and free play
9:00 - 9:15 Circle: songs, stories, discussions
9:15 - 9:30 Small group time (Wednesday & Thursday)
9:30 - 9:45 Free choice center time: blocks, art,
9:45 – 10:45 manipulatives, computer
Clean up and wash hands for snack
10:45 – 11:00 Snack
11:00 – 11:15 Outdoor play
11:15 – 11:45 Good bye time & dismissal
11:45 – 12:00"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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