VIRTUAL TOURS

 

Welcome to Richland Baptist Church Preschool and thank you for your interest in our preschool. As the state of Virginia is under a stay-at-home order we are unable to do tours in person, so we have created a virtual tour for you. Please watch the videos below, read through the information here and on other pages, and view the pictures of our facility (under "Welcome"). If you have any questions you can email me. If you would like to talk on the phone, please email me your phone number and request a call back.  ahoward@richlandbaptist.com

 

If you would like to enroll for next year, please email me first to ensure we still have space in the correct class. Once I give you approval, you can print the enrollment form from our website and mail it to the preschool. I will give you instructions on how to do this when we email.

Amanda Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 ½ Year Old Class:

Students must be 2 ½ on or before September 8

Maximum 10 students with 1 lead and 1 assistant teacher

 

Our 2 year old class curriculum is designed by the teacher rather than using an outside one to best fit the needs of our students. Most of the day is free play while our teachers help to guide social interaction and conflict such as wanting the same toy. Concepts introduced during instructional time are colors, shapes, numbers & letters. The teacher will read a related book each day and practice the concepts through play and art projects.

 

In the beginning of the year only some will choose to sit at the table during lesson time and that is expected. As the year progresses all the children choose to join the lesson.

 

Many of our young students have challenges separating from parents at the beginning of the year, but we will help both the children and the parents through this process. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks. The first month of school is almost entirely free play while the children adjust and learn to enjoy playing at school, then more instruction will be added to the day depending on their attention span and interest level.

 

Our 2s class has an adjoining bathroom with mini toilet for potty training and changing table for those in diapers. You will send in extra diapers for daily changes and extra clothes in case they need to be changed as well. We will provide wipes unless your child needs a special kind. The changing table is sanitized after every use. The teacher will partially close the door to provide the child privacy while not being alone with them.

 

Each student has a cubbie to keep their items and hang their coat and backpack. You will also send in water in the bottle of your choice. If it becomes empty, we will refill it with bottled water.

 

Our twos class enjoys snack provided by the school and recess each day. If the weather prevents our going outside, we will have an indoor recess time.

 

There are two specials each week, music and PE. These are held in the Specials room and conducted by the Specials teacher. A second staff member will also be in the room during Specials to maintain student to staff ratios. 

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3 Year Old Class:

Students must be 3 years old on or before September 30

Maximum 14 students with 1 lead and 1 assistant teacher

Our 3s teacher uses Mother Goose Time curriculum. Our 3s class has plenty of free time but has more instructional time and directed activities than our 2s class. They begin each morning with circle time where they greet each other, choose daily jobs and introduce the day’s theme. Our teachers guide the children to work one on one or in small groups for crafts reinforcing the theme. During free play, our teachers do a lot of social instruction during teachable moments such as when two students want to play with the same toy. 

 

The goal for each student by the end of the year is to master recognition of letters A-Z and begin learning phonics and writing, master recognition of 1-10 and counting to 10, master shapes and colors, begin learning to write his/her first name.

 

Some of our three year old students will have difficulty separating from parents at the beginning of the school year.  We will help them and you through that process as we earn your child's trust.

 

Our 3s class uses the adult size restrooms in the hallway. We keep the doors propped open so that a staff member can stand in the hallway and listen for students who may be in distress or need help. If a child needs intensive help, a second staff member will be brought to stand at the entrance of the bathroom while the first enters to help the child. Staff are never alone with a child, especially when helping in the bathroom.

 

Each student has a cubbie to keep their items and hang their coat and backpack. You will also send in water in the bottle of your choice. If it becomes empty, we will refill it with bottled water.

 

Our threes class enjoys snack provided by the school and recess each day. If the weather prevents our going outside, we will have an indoor recess time.

 

There are three specials each week, music, library and PE. These are held in the Specials room and our Library and conducted by the Specials teacher. A second staff member will also be in the room during Specials to maintain student to staff ratios.

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4 Year Old Class:

Students must be 4 years old on or before September 30

Maximum 14 students with 1 lead and 1 assistant teacher

Our 4s teacher uses Saxon’s Early Learning Curriculum. The 4s class students sit for more instruction time than our younger students but still have plenty of creative play and other activities interspersed throughout the day.

 

They begin each morning with circle time where they greet each other, practice the calendar, discuss the weather and introduce the day’s theme. Then they move on to practicing their skills at the tables through worksheets, art projects, puzzles, group and individual work and creative play.

 

The goal for each four year old by the end of the year is mastery of all letters: phonics, writing upper & lower case; writing full name in upper and lower case; and writing numbers 0-20. We also introduce basic math such as adding and subtracting, sight words, and begin practicing literary skills like rhyming. Social skills are even more important for kindergarten, so our students practice public speaking and working in small groups through play.

There are three specials each week: music, library and PE. These are held in the Specials room and our Library and conducted by the Specials teacher. A second staff member will also be in the room during Specials to maintain student to staff ratios.

Our fours class enjoys snack provided by the school and recess each day. If the weather prevents our going outside, we will have an indoor recess time.

 

Our 4s class uses the adult size restrooms in the hallway. We keep the doors propped open so that a staff member can stand in the hallway and listen for students who may be in distress or need help. If a child needs intensive help, a second staff member will be brought to stand at the entrance of the bathroom while the first enters to help the child. Staff are never alone with a child, especially when helping in the bathroom.

 

Each student has a cubbie to keep their items and hang their coat and backpack. You will also send in water in the bottle of your choice. If it becomes empty, we will refill it with bottled water.

GENERAL PRESCHOOL INFORMATION:

 

Safety: All of the Church’s doors are locked during preschool hours. We have a camera at our entrance with an intercom for remote communication before we open the door. Our building also has multiple cameras outside and in our hallway for monitoring of the environment. Every staff member including the Church Administrator has a walkie talkie and cell phone for quick communication. We are highly aware of our surroundings and will not go outside if not comfortable with a situation (for example, people often use our parking lot to change tires or feed their baby). During the school year we practice biannual lockdowns, monthly fire drills and a tornado drill.

 

Staff: Lead teachers have either education degrees or significant experience in education along with a degree in other fields. All of our staff and long-term volunteers are background checked on the state and federal level. Our staff are trained in first aid, CPR and AED. They are also trained in mandated reporting and daily health observations. Some of our staff are also EMAT trained so they may administer emergency EPI pens and inhalers.

 

Communication: We see ourselves as a team with parents to best meet our students' needs. We communicate in many ways such as our website, monthly calendar and newsletter, teachers’ monthly emails, and home folders. If you have a concern always start with the teacher first as they know your child best and bring in the Director if your concerns are not addressed to your satisfaction.

 

Discipline: We view the role of disciple as guiding students rather than punishment. We will help them work through conflict with other students and direct them to a cool down zone if they need time to calm down before apologizing and moving on. If a student has multiple problems in one day or has a major incident, they will visit the Director's office for cool down time and discussion before returning to class.   The office door remains open and the office is visible through a large window so they are not isolated from others. We won't right a report every time a child pushes or argues as this is normal childhood behavior, but if a child has had a particularly rough day we will let you know.

 

Drop Off & Pick Up: In the morning you will walk your child into his/her classroom and sign them in. This will give you a chance to talk with teachers, watch your child interact with other students and view the artwork on display. Our doors open at 8:50am, and a staff member will be present at the door. For afternoon pick up, parents will line up in their cars and we will bring children out to the cars. You will receive specific instructions, a map and a car number at the beginning of the year. You will provide us the names of alternate pickup people in case you are unable to do pick up and we will check their ID.  

 

Snack: We have a one time snack fee and then we provide snack all year. This allows us to provide age appropriate snacks and eliminate any allergens that students may have. You will have the opportunity to let us know in multiple places about food allergies. Please send in a bottle (type of your choice) of water each day. We will refill it with bottled water if needed.

 

Special Events: We have many special events throughout the year from field trips and special meals with family members to dress up days and book fairs. Some of our events are: Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Program, Dads & Donuts, Grandparent & Special Friends Day & Scholastic Book Fair, Mother's Day Tea, Spirit Week, Winter Reading Program & Dr. Seuss Day, St Jude's Trike-a-thon, Summer Fun Day & Graduation.

 

Religious Exempt: Our school has Religious Exempt status with the state of Virginia. We are inspected by the Fire Marshall, Health Department and Department of Social Services to ensure code compliance. We must follow many codes such as staff to student ratios, background checks and mandated trainings, as well as cleaning procedures and safety standards.

 

Please be sure to peruse the rest of our website to learn more about our school! Pictures of our facility are on the WELCOME page.

Amanda Howard, Current Director
Bryana Reynolds, Future Director
Richland 
Baptist 
Church

540-752-9352

2482 Warrenton Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Richland@richlandbaptist.com

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