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St Paul United Methodist Church

1400 G Street
Woodbridge, VA 22191

(703) 586-5031


St. Paul Preschool is a weekday ministry of St. Paul United Methodist Church. We offer a faith-based, hands on, early learning program for children ages 2 - 5.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that God has created each child as a unique and wondrous individual. We strive to consider the individual needs of every child and provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes their physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. We believe that as parents and teachers God has entrusted these little ones into our care to shape and guide. This responsibility we lovingly embrace, and therefore, strive to provide our children with all that they will need to lead successful and productive lives. We believe that young children learn best through various forms of play. Our developmentally appropriate program provides children opportunities to use and build upon their skills and knowledge.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Our curriculum is faith-based and the children learn about their Savior through weekly "Chapel Talks" as well as daily prayer and praise.

From the Director:

St. Paul UMC Preschool’s curriculum has been developed based on guidelines defined by the Virginia Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Childhood-Head start Task Force. Our curriculum is faith-based and is a multi-sensory, multi-level, hands-on approach to learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Curiosity, a natural outflow of each child’s drive to learn, finds its expression through play. Play becomes the vehicle by which the young child finds joy, understands the world around him, creates knowledge about human relationships, and tries out new ideas. Problem solving, curiosity, self-esteem, mathematics, cooperation and endurance all come through the opportunity to play. Play has many types, all of which have value to the growing child.
Child-initiated play: This type of play is the foundation of all play. The staff provides the play materials, observe and participate only as needed.
Directed play: The teacher helps children play based on something the children have previously experienced. (She uses props that allow the children to expand their knowledge based on experience.
Guided play: The teacher prompts play, but allows the children to play with little intervention. (She knows that children learn best without intervention. Intervention by a staff member will come only if a child’s developmental needs call for help.
Outdoor physical play: A type of child-initiated play, takes on fresh meaning in the classroom we call the playground.
Each one of the types of play is productive and critical in shaping a child. To a child their play is their work. We encourage learning and growing opportunities by providing ample time for children to pursue their ideas, to do things their own way, and to imagine what it’s like to be someone else. Variety in toys, textures, and art projects encourages imagination, language, motor skills and FUN! This child-centered approach allows each child to control his or her own environment as much as possible and develop a healthy personality.
Teachers provide questions, information and materials based on each child’s uniqueness and ability. Early childhood professionals help children by extending their ideas, by involving other people to help them understand the world (this is where you as the parent greatly affect the program), and allowing children to see they have many options available to them. Cooperation, generosity and compassion develop as adults model these traits for young children. Opportunities to think occur as children are guided to find their own solutions and figure things out for themselves.
St. Paul Preschool allows the natural link between play, development, and learning. These opportunities place play at the center of our curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Preschool children are creative and receptive. The program strives to nurture and encourage those qualities in its students. The preschool's purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, physical and intellectual growth development of the child as a whole. Our program strives to meet these needs in a loving, Christian environment that is child centered and offers a wide range of intellectual experiences to assist this concept of whole development. "

A Typical Day

(Schedules may vary)

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival Activities
10:00—10:30 Calendar/Circle Time
10:30 –10:45 Hand Washing/Snack
10:45 – 11:15 Class Time
11:15 – 11:45 Lg Motor Development
11:45 – 12:00 Hand Washing
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 Story Time
12:45 – 1:00 Music & Movement

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent involvement is always welcome and appreciated. The preschool believes parents are the child’s primary source of influence. We have an open door policy for parents and consider it a privilege for you to share your time and talents with the children and staff. Participation offers the opportunity for you to follow through with experiences, songs, activities and games presented in your child’s classroom. Parents are invited to participate, but we do ask you to schedule your visit with your child’s teacher so that she can plan accordingly.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to bring their child with them at them time they come to tour our school. This enables the child to explore with mom and dad close at hand. During the first days of school parents may stay as long as they feel necessary to make their little ones feel at ease.