Creating a Christian environment for Kids
Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool has been serving the community for over 60 years offering a developmentally appropriate preschool program that is child-centered and hands-on, allowing children to experience many rich learning experiences. We want each child to love learning!
Our half-day preschool program is offered for students 2-1/2 through 5 years old (Pre-K) from 9:00 am – Noon. Our goal is to instill a love of God, love of learning, and love of self and others in each and every child. We partner with parents in a Christian environment to do our best to meet the emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of each child.
Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool is licensed and inspected by the Virginia Department of Education.
About Developmental Learning & Our Curriculum
Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool uses the Professional Standards and Competencies created by the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) as guidelines within our curriculum. NAEYC states that there is a core body of knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions early childhood educators must demonstrate to effectively promote the development, learning, and well-being of all young children. Play is a vital component of that learning.
Therefore, we offer a curriculum which includes both teacher-moderated activity and learning centers to encourage your child to experiment and explore. Through play, children learn to take turns, delay gratification, negotiate conflicts, solve problems, and acquire flexibility.
Classrooms are set-up with a variety of hands-on activities and learning centers including art, dramatic play, letter and word recognition, numbers and counting, science, music and movement (both large and small motor), which allows children to learn and grow as they engage, explore, and expand their wonderful imaginations.
We have included the link to NAEYC’s article: The Ten things Every Parent Should Know About Play and hope you will take a moment to read through it.
What Our Program Offers:
Small classes (see below)
Experienced teachers and staff, certified in CPR and First Aid
A developmentally appropriate curriculum
A stimulating classroom environment
Christian education and Chapel time
Art, Music, Movement, and Science
After School Lunch Programs
Off-site Field trips for 4’s PreK students
The majority of our staff have been with Emmanuel between 10-15 years, with some close to 20. Teachers provide a loving and nurturing learning environment for your child. We are licensed and inspected regularly by the Virginia Department of Education and accordingly, our staff employment files include background checks, fingerprinting, tb screening, and all required paperwork. We are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Our staff completes a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education each school year, including, but not limited to, CPR/First Aid/AMAT, Health Observations, developmentally appropriate practice, positive discipline and redirection, as well as monthly staff meetings where we share valuable insights with fellow teachers. Our warm and creative educators stay current professionally with over 160 hours of training and workshop activities every year.
In order to protect the health and safety of the children in our school and allow for social distancing, our class sizes are reduced this year.
2-1/2’s classes - up to 8 students w/two teachers.
3’s classes - up to 10 students w/two adults – a teacher and an assistant.
4’s PreK classes - up to 10 students w/two adults – a teacher and an assistant.
Or larger 4's PreK class with up to 16 students (much larger room) w/up to three adults, a teacher, assistant, and floating staff member.
Our staff floater is available to all classrooms throughout the day as needed.
Arrival and Free Play
Clean Up Time/Bathroom Time
Specials – Music/Creative Movement (once a week)
Morning Meeting/Circle Time
Free Choice/Table Activities/Manipulatives/Puzzles
Chapel (Wednesdays only)