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Prince Of Peace Lutheran Day School

8306 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22152

(703) 451-6177


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We are a faith-based, academic emergent literacy program with emphasis on reading, math, science, art and music. We believe in fostering a child's growth, development and learning in all the domains of learning, i.e., social and emotional, intellectual and language, spiritual and physical. We believe that all children grow and develop on a continuum and we know that in that continuum we accept and celebrate the range of individual differences that occur.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • many opportunities in each classroom for a multitude of literacy skills to be practiced.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • math manipulatives in each classroom.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Helper charts used in each classroom
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • field trips are offered to each child at Prince of Peace, bugs, dogs and ocean animals as examples. Most field trips are hands on.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • scarves, many items used during music and movement classes.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • media tables in each classroom, filled with bubbles, dirt, sand, rice, beans, etc.
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
  • 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 We have an Early Childhood Music Specialist that teaches music and movement each week to all children in our school. We also have a Chapel Leader for all classes each week. We have Art and P.E. and Music/Chapel Specialist for our Kindergarten Program.

From the Director:

We believe that children learn most effectively with a professional faculty and staff who are dedicated to teaching, nurturing and loving all children, who are knowlededgeable and experienced in early childhood growth and development, who are committed to ongoing professional staff developemnt, are joyful and genuine in their ministry to children, their families, their colleagues, and the Prince of Peace Community, they are supportive of children's individual differences and learning styles and feel privileged to grow a community of caring learners within the classroom.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child was made by a loving God and has their own unique gifts and talents, they grow and develop at individual rates that are often unrelated to chronological age.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that a child's early and first school experiences help form the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our faculty and staff believe it both an honor and a privilege to be in partnership with parents as their children embark upon their first journeys into formal education. We believe that families are the first and best teachers for each child's learning experiences. It is within the circle of a child's family that children can learn about the world and can learn the love of their Father in heaven. It is through experiencing school as "another ripple" in the ever-widening circle of their worlds, that children continue to learn about attachment, trust, and community, and continue to develop a "disposition for learning" [Lillian Katz], experiencing the love of Jesus from adults and children other than those in their own families provides an increasingly larger picture of the ripples of God's love for them. Prince of Peace is honored with the trust that families give us when they invite us to become a circle in the life of their children, in the life of their family. (this continues, please call us for more information about our Philosophy.)

A Typical Day

Schedules vary depending on days children attend and age groups. This is an example of a day in the life of a Four Year Old Child.

LEARNING CENTER TIME: Friends work at the Media Table, Easel Center, Dramatic Play Center, Process Art and Writing Center. Children may choose to read books, build with blocks, play with toys, check the Helper Chart, or talk with friends.
GATHERING TIME: this is a time where we will share a story together, talk about our day, read over the Helper Chart and listen to each other's stories and ideas.
SNACK TIME: the table will be set, then friends Give Thanks to God for our blessings, eat together, and have conversation with eachother.
BOOKS AND PUZZLE TIME: friends will work on puzzles together, read books or choose to write about their ideas and make plans. OUTDOOR CLASSROOM: friends will climb, run, jump, play games together, make chalk drawings, paint with water and other fun activites. We will use the Indoor Playroom when there is inclement weather.
ALTAR TIME: we will light our special candle and say prayers, sing songs and read Bible stories.
We will sing our Goodbye Song and get ready to go home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe in communication, from the teacher's each week a newsnote, from the Principal each month. a letter, from the Team Leader's each month an explanation of each age groups goals for the month. We have a parent newsletter, our website, classes for parents, a strong parent/child caregiver group call F.I.S.H, and many offerings that inform and educate the families of the children that attend our school. We have scheduled Parent/Teacher conversations in the Fall and the Spring. We have a parent handbook developed for families with useful information that can be used throughout the school year.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have abbreviated sessions for our Two and Three Year Olds. We also offer "Comfort Coffees" so the caregivers of these children can stay on the premises, meet other parents, and receive an update on their child's progress in the classroom. Classrooms are set up to interest children and draw them in, we are a center-based school so several centers are set up to allow the child an oppportunity to make a choice and also give the teacher a chance to work with smaller groups of children at a time.