Frequently Asked Questions
What does play-based mean?
Play-based means that most learning is done through play and experience. In our classrooms you will see “centers." These centers are typically arranged from quiet to loud, and range from everything from a listening center with books and cd’s, block centers with balancing materials and fun accessories, to dramatic play props, and touch and feel sensory centers like sand and water tables.
The teachers move throughout the classroom and interact with the children individually and in small groups and work on topics and extensions based on the individual child(ren)’s developmental level. You will find in research that play is by far the MOST appropriate (and successful!) way for children to learn.
So through this “play," what will they learn?
Anything they want. We believe in making early childhood a sanctuary for true learning. While it is always very tempting to teach the things that we as adults perceive as important, we try to look at what the children are interested in and scaffold their learning with those ideas in mind. You will not find a pre-published curriculum here, instead you will see teachers and students work together to change their rooms into winter wonderlands or building worm farms and talking for days about the properties of dirt that they have made wet, then dried, then mixed with other elements. You will see teachers encouraging children to count the blocks in the “farms" they made with blocks and play animals. (Not to mention the fine motor muscles and skills they used to manipulate and balance those geometric blocks!) You will see children’s natural desire to communicate in writing as they send letters to one another at the mail center first with teacher’s help and then as they learn letters and gain the small motor skills, by writing on their own. And of course, very importantly, children learn how to function with peers in a group setting. Sharing, conversing, stating needs and negotiating conflict is very important....crucial in life.
What is the daily schedule like?
Most classroom schedules follow this pattern:
- Welcome and Morning Play
- Circle Time with introduction to new concepts or development of working one
- Gross Motor Play (outside whenever possible)
- Afternoon Departure
Where does the faith come in?
Prince of Peace Preschool is designated as a working mission for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. In formal practice, we have chapel with Pastor Rosenvinge on Wednesday Mornings. Informally, we are at a very exciting time at Prince of Peace where we are in the process of developing a new style (from where we have been previously) of teaching faith. We know through research that children learn best through play. From watching children, we know that the abstract ideas of Christianity are difficult (even for adults!) and expecting these little ones to differentiate the “realness" of the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den compared to the story of, for example “The Gingerbread Man" is challenging! So we are looking at what is real, trying not to give too many cartoon and fable-ish images of Jesus and other biblical people. We tell stories through play, we do not just say the blessing, we talk about it, we show and embellish fruits of the spirit, and talk about Jesus, God, and Spirit freely. We desire to show children what Christianity is about...love.
How does the car pick-up line work?
Please pull up into the circle (4 cars in the circle at a time please). At 11:55 a.m. we will send a representative outside to note your position in line and to ready your child(ren). The first group of children (for the first 4 cars) will be brought out by hand (each with an instructor or other staff member) in order. Once your child(ren) is safely strapped into your carseat, please pull away safely and allow the next group of 4 vehicles to progress in line. Once all cars are in park the next group of students will be released.
If you are not using the car line for pick up, please plan to arrive by 11:50 a.m. so that you can pick up your child and be clear of the hallway by the time we begin walking children out at 12:00 p.m.. I also ask that you use the main entrance if you are coming in to pick up your child vs. the side entrance as we use that entrance only for outflow. This eliminates confusion and allows us to safely and efficiently deliver children to their parents or authorized care giver.
Inclement Weather Policy
When the Virginia Beach Public Schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, we will also be closed. We are CLOSED on one and two-hour delays.
We work hard to keep illnesses from spreading with hand washing and classroom sanitizing procedures, however during cold and flu season it is inevitable that some children will be sick. We ask that you help by keeping your child home if you suspect he or she is ill. Your child may return to school when he or she is symptom free with a normal temperature (without fever reducing medication for 24 hours).