Best Lutheran Daycares in Springfield VA

Lutheran Daycares in Springfield VA

St. Matthew's Lutheran Day School
St. Matthew's Day School, where children learn best in an atmosphere of warmth and vitality and through their active participation in rich experiences. St. Matthew's is a busy, happy place where each child can find success and develop a love of learning. Mission Statement As members of the congregation, we make a covenant to support and nurture our life together in the name of Christ, in faithful and diligent use of the means of Grace, in prayer, in study and by our common efforts in support of the Church, as we seek to be God’s servants in His world. How we started It was a windy day in October 1971, when David Bohannon, our now retired senior pastor, began knocking on doors in the then sparsely developed communities of Lake Ridge and western Dale City. On February 6, 1972, seventy-six people gathered for St. Matthew’s first worship service. Visit the ELCA website to find out how much we have grown. Who we are We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (ELCA). Locally we are part of the Metropolitan Washington Synod, which includes the areas of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. We are one of five E.L.C.A. churches in the Woodbridge/Lakeridge area. Perhaps your children are enrolled in our Day School. Maybe you’ve heard about our service work in the community through ecumenical organizations such as Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS). Maybe your neighbor recommended our Sunday Church School or youth group programs. You might be a life-long Lutheran transferring to the Washington Metropolitan area for the first time. However you found us, we invite you to share our life in Christ. OVERVIEW Children learn best in an atmosphere of warmth and vitality and through their active participation in rich experiences. St. Matthew's is a busy, happy place where each child can find success and develop a love of learning. Positive relationships with caring and responsive adults nurture a sense of trust and respect for others. A consistent daily routine provides the comfortable predictability important to young children and their developing feelings of competence. Thoughtfully planned opportunities throughout the day introduce and support meaningful learning. Teachers are guided by HighScope's active learning curriculum, as well as each child's interests, needs, and abilities. Teaching begins where the child is, leading and encouraging each one to increased understanding and independence. Children acquire skills through both teacher lead and child-initiated experiences. The child's curiosity and natural motivation to learn is stimulated through daily opportunities for imaginative play indoors and out, ongoing projects, creative arts, structured and spontaneous music and movement, active involvement with science, math, literature and literacy, and regular walk-abouts and field trips. St. Matthew's seeks to lay a foundation for success in a complex and changing world by inspiring an enthusiasm for learning and an awareness of the unique value of each person as a child of God in a caring community. PRE-SCHOOL DAY The structure of the preschool day offers choices and challenges, problems and solutions, friendship and delight. GREETING & GROUP TIME As the children arrive, the teacher welcomes each child individually, catches up on their “news,” and does a visual health check. The children check-in and make plans for the day. Some children find they have a "job" to do - Bell Ringer, Door Holder, Table Washer, Block Captain. (Children love to have real jobs.) They exercise initiative, choosing and working in small centers until everyone has arrived. Circle time is a teacher-lead exercise in community building and class decorum - in an atmosphere acceptant of children’s enthusiasm, inexperience, and active natures. Developing self-regulation (needed for sitting & listening) is a work in progress. The teachers make circle time interesting, lively, sensitive to children's abilities, so that focused attention grows while children talk and listen, sing and dance, and preview the school day together. The teacher may lead a conversation about a topic of current interest, or help advance children’s plans for an emerging project. (Projects and interests under construction are communicated in each teacher's monthly newsletter.) As the children’s imaginative and constructive play develops, circle time may also be used for discussing the problems and issues of society in microcosm – kind words, safe behavior, sharing resources. Talking in turn, listening to one another, and attending to the teacher are “school skills” that must be thoughtfully developed. They prepare children for more formal educational settings to come, and help them participate in group-life more easily. However children’s curiosity, creativity, and enthusiastic need to “find out firsthand” shouldn’t be held at bay too long! Centers available each day are: * Home or Dramatic Center (doll house, dress ups, cooking accessories) * Block Center (accessories: cars, trains, animals, people) * Easel & Table art (play dough, tempera, water colors, markers, etc.) * Library (children choose books to look at and "read" or be read to) * Table Toys and Puzzles * Sensory table (sand, water - materials to pour, search and sift through) * Science or Discovery Center (offering first hand experiences with materials and animals * Writing Center (all manner of drawing implements, paper, name cards, scissors, tape, hole punches, staplers . . . things to entice use and build fine motor strength and control.) When Center Time comes to a close, it's Clean-Up Time. Time for everyone to work as a team putting everything back in its place. There's incentive to help, because coming up may be Snack Time, Playground Time, Story Time, or Small Group Time. Snack Time is a time for refreshment, relaxation, conversation and developing independence in a community of friends. It offers a different setting for talking with friends and teachers, and recalling the work done in centers. Each parent sends their child to school with a small snack, wet-wipe, and cup in a hard plastic or metal lunch box. Playground Time brings running, climbing, balancing, jumping, swinging, sliding, digging. Children play traditional games and invent their own. The children play outside every day unless the weather is severe. Our playground is full of natural wonders and sheltered by an ample tree canopy. In severe cold or steady rain we go downstairs to slide, crawl, balance, toss balls & beanbags, scoot or row with scooter boards, build with hollow blocks, and more. Children gain a joyful confidence in their ability to move.
Bethany Lutheran Church Preschool
Pre-School Founded in 1959 to provide a Christian education for young children and outreach to their families, the school is an extension of the educational ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod congregation. The school includes children of the congregation, other congregations, and children whose families have no church affiliation. The preschool curriculum is designed to be an enriching learning experience. Thematic units are integrated into language arts, social studies, science, math, art, music and religion activities. Children are encouraged to be active participants in the learning process through exploration and discovery. The curriculum is enhanced with field trips and visits from community members such as fire fighters, medical personnel, story tellers, etc. Pre-School Philosophy Program planning and practices reflect that children are gifts from a loving God and learning is what children do. It is an active process. We believe that: • Each child is a child of God with unique patterns and timing of growth. • Children's play is fundamental to their development. • Children learn from each other. • Children's natural curiosity leads to many learning activities. • Children need an environment based on trust and structured freedom to be self-reliant and to use their own initiative. Bethany Pre-School Offers: • well-trained early-childhood staff • low student-teacher ratios • developmentally appropriate curriculum in a nurturing Christian atmosphere • ten month preschool year Sunday School Come join a class on Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 10:45 (No Sunday School during summer schedule). Child care for infants and toddlers is available in the Nursery during Bible Class. Classes for preschoolers through sixth graders begin at 9:45 a.m. with an opening of songs and praises in the sanctuary. Parents and toddlers are also welcome to attend the Sunday School opening in the sanctuary. Confirmation Club and High School Youth begin in their respective classrooms. Adults are welcome to join in a session of fellowship in Adult Education Room 2 before joining their class. Current classes include:Kids in class Age 3 - Kindergarten (Room 8): One teacher is assisted by parent volunteers to ensure that children have the support to participate in active learning experiences. 1st and 2nd Graders (Room 11): Co-teachers provide learning experiences to meet individual needs. 3rd - 6th Graders (Room 1): Co-teachers provide learning experiences to meet individual needs. 7th and 8th Graders (Adult Ed #1): This class supports learning for students in middle school as well as those preparing for confirmation as members of Wednesday Confirmation Club. High School (Youth Room): Team teachers lead teens in Bible study and Christian life discussion topics. Young Families and Couples Class (Room 6): Bible study and Christian life discussion topics of interest to the group.

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Christ Evangical Lutheran Church

At Christ Lutheran we understand children. They are an important... part of the the Christ Lutheran family. If you prefer, we have a full nursery available upon request that provides child care for infants and toddlers. Each Sunday children are invited to come forward for a short Children’s time where they will get a brief explanation of the week’s lesson. Speakers in the nursery and the lobby (Narthex) allow you to listen to the service even if you need to take your child out of the Sanctuary. Christ Lutheran Preschool is a small nonprofit Christian preschool. As an extension of the Christ Lutheran Church we seek to provide an atmosphere of Christian love and understanding. These pages are intended to answer your questions regarding philosophy, procedures and policies. Please keep this handbook for future reference. Goals and Philosophy Our emphasis is on social development. We feel the total development of the preschooler is far more important than the acquisition of factual knowledge. The child’s social development and self-concept are most important at this point. Basic to this development is consideration and love for others… lessons which cannot be learned with rigid rules and regulations, but require a relaxed and loving atmosphere. The following list of basic goals have been derived from the philosophy stated above. During each child’s time with us, we hope that he/she will learn to do the following: learn to interact with others learn to share in work and play learn to assume responsibility for one’s actions learn to take pride in achievements and, by the same token, acknowledge mistakes learn to express ideas and feelings learn to make choices learn to compromise and contribute within their group learn to finish started projects In addition, while our emphasis is on social development, we do recognize that the preschool years are a time for growth and learning in many areas. For this reason, our curriculum will include appropriate experiences with these activities: Free-play and group sharing Stories, puppets, and drama Alphabet Numbers and counting Arts and crafts Music Fine and gross motor development Outdoor play Field trips Mid-morning snack Bible-based weekly chapel Family activities Preschool Programs TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS: This class is a play-group-type program for toddlers who will be two years old by September 30. THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASS: Three-year-olds have a choice of attending two days a week or three days a week. To be in the three year old class, a child must be three years old by September 30 and must be toilet trained (no diapers or pull-ups). FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASS: The four-year-olds have a choice of attending three days a week or four days a week. Children must be four years old by September 30th to register for a four-year-old class. Children must be toilet trained. SCHOOL SCHEDULE The two-year-old classes meet twice a week — one class meets on Tuesday and Thursday and the other meets on Wednesday and Friday. Classes will be from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. All other preschool classes will meet from 9:15 am to 12:00 noon. There are two classes for three-year-olds: Tuesday/Thursday mornings, and Monday/Wednesday/ Friday mornings. We recommend that young threes enroll in the Tuesday/Thursday program. There are two classes for four-year-olds: Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings and Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday/Friday mornings. We recommend that the young fours enroll in the Monday/ Wednesday/Friday class. School is in session from September through May. The preschool follows the same general schedule for holidays as the Fairfax County public schools unless a specific exception is scheduled by the director and a notice is given to the parents.

Our Savoir Lutheran Church

Welcome to Our Savior Lutheran School's Pre-Kindergarten program. We... desire to share God's love with you and your children as we assist in their physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. We provide a myriad of experiences to explore and encourage cognitive learning, creativity, skill development, social interaction, and to establish a positive foundation for further learning. We introduce many skills that are the building blocks for kindergarten success. Play, music, art and physical activity are integral parts of our daily curriculum. We strive to provide a loving and caring environment that promotes acceptance and self-esteem so every child will embrace and know how unique and special they are. School Hours: Pre Kindergarten - Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kindergarten through 8th Grade - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m Early Release at 2:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Inclement Weather Policy: Follow Arlington County Public Schools Day Care Hours (only for Kindergarten through 8th grade): 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday On early dismissal and early release days Day Care hours begin at the time of dismissal. ACCREDITATION Our Savior Lutheran School has received National Lutheran School Accreditation through the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Our Savior School is one of more than 2000 Lutheran elementary schools operated in the United States by member churches of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Students do not have to be Lutheran to attend Our Savior but are expected to fully participate in all activities, which include religious studies and weekly school worship. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (Link to GWU)- Our Savior Lutheran School and The George Washington University Elementary Education Program, together in a school-based partnership, provides graduate teachers-interns with initial clinical work and practicum experiences in K-6 grade classrooms at Our Savior. Our Savior admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.

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