Our Philosophy

Our teaching philosophy at Vienna Presbyterian Church Preschool is rooted first and foremost in the belief that God created each and every child, and every moment we have with them is a precious gift.

We incorporate these three attributes into all of our curriculum:

  • Developmental: Our curriculum enables all children to realize their full potential. It allows our teaching staff to determine what each child knows and is able to do and to help them move to their next level in all areas of development including spiritual, physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language.
  • Emergent: The emergent nature of our curriculum relies on children’s ideas, thoughts, and observations.
  • Flexible:  Our experienced staff have developed the curriculum over many years of working with children.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of VPC Preschool is to provide an environment that is Christ-centered and dedicated to support families in the Christian nurturing of their children.

In keeping with its mission, the objectives of VPC Preschool are:

  • Spiritual: To create a Christ-centered environment where each child’s uniqueness and special gifts are celebrated.
  • Social-emotional: To provide a sense of community and to teach each child the skills necessary for achieving a sense of self, taking responsibility for self and others and accepting and expressing emotions appropriately.
  • Cognitive: To provide a learning environment that supports and encourages growth in problem solving and thinking both logically and symbolically.
  • Physical: To provide a physical environment that will encourage children to achieve both fine motor (hands and wrists) and gross motor (large muscle groups) control.
  • Language: To provide a language-rich environment in which children can begin to practice and learn the skills related to listening and speaking as well as those of pre-reading and writing.

We believe…

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We believe that learning, including Biblical learning, must make sense from the child’s point of view. We trust that if a child’s learning is meaningful to the child, the learning is deeper and enduring. We constantly strive to meet children where they are developmentally and in terms of their interests in order to maximize their preschool experience.

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At VPC Preschool, each child is encouraged to propose topics to explore, plan those explorations and carry out those plans in a safe and encouraging environment. Children are also encouraged to evaluate their plans and retool as necessary to achieve their desired results with teacher support. We have learned that the more child-directed our curriculum is, the more motivated and engaged the children are in their learning environment.

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We invite parents into our classrooms and school often to share in the learning process. To foster community, we host a variety of events throughout each school year, including family events and educational opportunities for parents.

Curriculum

Our curriculum builds on the foundations outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and standards set by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Our approach to teaching is evidence-based, incorporating the well-established scientific research within early childhood, which underscores children thrive in a play-based preschool environment with highly educated staff. VPC Preschool curriculum is based on the development of the whole child. Our educators pedagogy focuses on each child’s spiritual, social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development along with their literacy and number sense skills. Each of our classrooms incorporates dramatic play, block building, toys & games, art, time with books, writing, sand, water play and discovery table. We emphasize age-appropriate activities and learning through play in order to provide a rich experience for each child and support mastery of early developmental competencies. Teachers and assistant teachers practice positive discipline techniques similar to Early Childhood experts Becky Bailey, Ph.D. and Katherine Kersey, Ph.D. Each week preschool students attend chapel lessons in our main church Sanctuary. Additionally, students participate in a weekly music & movement class which is provided by a dedicated music educator.