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Old Donation Episcopal Day School and Kindergarten

4449 N. Witchduck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone:
(757) 499-2283

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn through their play and as they explore, question, listen, build, paint, and sing they develop a love of learning and readiness for school and other life experiences. Classroom structure increases with each age group.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers understand that children are naturally at various stages of growth and development. Although children may have the same chronological age, their motor, intellectual, auditory, and social/emotional skills and abilities may vary. We offer small class sizes (11 - 14 with 2 staff per class) so that we may meet each childâ??s individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We exist to provide an environment in which children can develop wholesome self-images and grow physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. We believe that children learn through their play and as they explore, question, listen, build, paint, and sing they develop a love of learning and readiness for school and other life experiences.

A Typical Day

Sharing and conversation time�?�stories, songs, and finger plays
Creative art activities, crafts, and easel painting
Daily playground free play
Field trips and in-school programs
Cooking experiences
Science and nature activities
Exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters
Weekly chapel, music, computer and library
Celebration of Birthday�??s and Holidays

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers of the 3's, 4s and kindergarten classes will hold parent/teacher conferences in November and March to discuss your child's adjustment and progress in our program. Two-year-old class parents will meet with their teacher in March only.
We provide a parent handbook and parents are informed of school activities through newsletters and/or calendars. The newsletters include weekly unit topics, class activities, field trips and suggestions for parents. Important messages and reminders are sent from the Director via e-mail.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

If you anticipate difficulties separating from your child on the first day of school we suggest that you visit the school several times over the summer. Come and play on the playground so that he/she is familiar with the surroundings. Visit the public library;they have some wonderful books about the first day of school. On the first day, we suggest that you give them a big hug and tell them they are going to have a fun day! (be positive!) and that you will be back for them in a few hours; say good-bye and leave the classroom area. Our teachers and assistants will be there to reassure your child and to help with the transition. Feel free to call the office and the director will be glad to check on your child for you. Later, we invite you to visit the classrooms to reassure yourself of your child's smooth adjustment to his/her new environment. In the unlikely event that your child does experience extreme difficulties adjusting, we may suggest a more gradual initiation such as spending some time visiting, leaving and returning to the classroom at gradually increased intervals until the child understands the sequence of events.