The Weekday Education Program at Aldersgate Day School provides classes for children ages one to Kindergarten and is offered as an outreach ministry of the church.
Aldersgate Day School is open ﬁve days per week; most of our class programs are 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (lunch bunch and extended day oﬀerered until 2:15 pm), however we offer one four year old class and one PreK class from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Our school year runs generally the week after Labor Day through Memorial Day and closely follows the Fairfax County Public School calendar.
Major Program Goals
The Day School staff strives each day to provide a positive supplement to the home so the child:
grows in self-awareness and discovers that group experiences are gratifying,
finds and accepts love and care from adults other than parents,
matures in an awareness of God
achieves a sense of belonging in the church environment.
Our program activities are specifically designed to affirm each child’s self-worth through:
development of unique skills and talents
enhancement of social development
preparation for a successful kindergarten experience.
Under Three Programs
Toddler I and Toddler II (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
These programs are for children who will not yet be 30 months by October 1st. They are divided into two classes by age. A child can be enrolled one, two or three days each week; however, these enrollment days should be regularly attended, this is not designed to be a “drop-in” program. Two to three adults in each room provide quality care in a warm, loving environment. Activities are varied from day to day based upon the age and readiness of the child. Both classes enjoy daily indoor and/or outdoor play.
Pre-Threes (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
The Pre-Threes class is for children who will be 30 months by October 1st. A child can be enrolled two or three days each week. More than mere babysitting happens in the pre-threes setting where guided, pressure-free learning occurs during informal, relatively unstructured activities. Our pre-threes have weekly music classes and enjoy plenty of indoor Founders Hall and outdoor play time. Enrollment includes eleven to thirteen children and a dedicated team of two teachers.
The Three, Four and Pre-K Programs
Three-Year Old Classes (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
The three-year old class is offered to children who will be three years old by October 1st. A child may be enrolled in the two-day, three-day or 5-day 9-noon programs. Each day includes indoor free play/center time, playground time and dramatic play. Gross motor, fine motor, and other developmental activities are stressed. Show and tell and sharing times are incorporated into the schedule to help in developing oral expression and listening skills. Three-year olds have weekly music classes and occasional programs as part of specific instructional units and special events. Enrollment includes twelve to fourteen children and a dedicated team of two teachers.
Four-Year Old Classes (9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
The four-year old class is offered to children who will be four years old by October 1st. A child may be enrolled in the three-day or five-day program. Each day includes indoor free play/center time, playground time, group work and dramatic play. Show and tell and sharing times are incorporated into the schedule to help in developing oral expression and listening skills. Four-year olds have weekly music classes and field trips occur as part of specific instructional units and special events. While the primary goal is socialization, low-key academic concepts are introduced and integrated into classroom activities. Enrollment includes twelve to fourteen and a dedicated team of two teachers.
Pre-Kindergarten (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
The Pre-K class is offered to children who are currently in a four-year old class and will become five in late summer or early fall, but are not ready for kindergarten. In a semi-structured setting, children work on early academic skills as they stay busy creating, playing, and development the social skills necessary for kindergarten. A weekly music class is offered as well as occasional field trips to enhance specific instructional units and special events. Enrollment includes twelve to fourteen children and a dedicated team of two teachers.