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Macedonia Chapel Preschool

1941 Macedonia Church Road
Stephens City, VA 22655

(540) 869-0090


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because our classes include a maximum of 10 children in 3 year old classes and 12 children in 4 year old classes, there is plenty of opportunity for teachers to work with individual children, and to meet their needs at any level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a Christian, developmental preschool. Our children enjoy learning/playing within a weekly thematic approach. Activities include: circle time, stories, songs, games, hands-on activities, play indoors and out, art, music, chapel, language development, development of number concept, social skills and listening skills.

A Typical Day

The day begins with circle time (which includes development of weekly theme through stories, games, music, fingerplays, movement, etc.)

Center time is next. The children rotate between art, hands-on, and teacher-directed centers. Centers change daily.

Children play either outside or inside (if inclement weather). Each class has assigned playground/indoor play times.

Snack time is next. Children bring their own snack each day.

Show and tell is an important part of the day.

Music class takes place once a week for each class.

The children have free choice time in the classroom near the end of the day, followed by story, and then dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have open house for parents at the start of the school year, open house for children, parent handbooks, monthly preschool newsletters, monthly newsletters and calendars from teachers for each class, parent-teacher conferences, and opportunities for a parent to meet with teacher any time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year