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Southview Methodist Pre-School

3539 Peters Creek Road Northwest
Roanoke, VA 24019

(540) 362-1767


"Play is the work of children, and through the serious business of play children learn best."

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our purpose is to provide a warm, nurturing yet challenging atmosphere in which children can learn and develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and creatively.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Rudimentary introduction to Spanish, French (numbers, alphabet, songs,colors, parts of body, food,etc.)

From the Director:

Young children are curious and eager to learn. Young children learn best when engaged in hands-on activities. Children thrive in a loving atmosphere where the teachers genuinely love children, and lots of hugs and love are given.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters with ideas for fun learning opportunities at home. Newsletter informs parents of all
activities, letters of the week, show and tell options, etc.
Parents are encouraged to meet with teachers after school for conferences, or to address problems. Teachers take home phone calls to address any questions or concerns parents might have.
Website with school information, with capability to email other parents and teachers.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have curbside drop off and pick up. If a child is having separation anxiety and is crying, we have a staff member to take them in and comfort them. Usually, after a child's attention is redirected, they are fine after just a few minutes. The parent may sit outside in car to see how it goes, or we will call the parent if it looks like child is not going to settle. Very rarely has a parent had to come back and pick up a child. Once children are inside and playing, they are fine. A lot of the anxiety may be coming from the parent. The first few days of leaving their 'babies' can be stressful for them also.