• Course Description:  Our program is the Early Childhood Special Education program which provides a high quality preschool experience for 2-4-year olds.  The standards that our children learn are Virginia's Early Learning and Development standards. They focus on 6 areas of development for young children which are Approaches to Play and Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy Development, Health and Physical Development and Cognitive Development.  The curriculum that we use is STREAMin3  (Science, Technology, Reading,Engineering, Art, Math.)  It is integrated, intentional, interactions presented in an inovative, engaging and interactions-based curriculum model for all children.The children will benefit from active engagement, curiosity and problem solving and direct experiences.     This curriculum is aligned with our Early Learning and Development standards to support the development of all children.


    Instructional Philosophy:  We are very hands-on in the classroom.  The students are learning how to be independent in their daily activities.  We work on learning social skills and playing with peers.  The children have a daily schedule and routines that make our day predictable to make for a smooth day.  We strive to have fun as we learn.  We want all students to be actively engaged in daily activities.   


    Major Course Goals:  Our teaching team will provide a program of study using the Early Learning and Development standards where our children feel loved and safe.  We hope to develop a differentiated  and inclusive classroom where all children can learn.  We will use a wide variety of teaching strategies and educational materials to enhance the learning for all children.  All of this will prepare our children to enter kindergarten ready to learn.


    Major Course Projects & Instructional Activities:  The instructional activities in our program are developmentally appropriate for our very young learners.  Children learn through doing so many of our activities are hands-on experiences.  We must build up the children’s  fine motor skills before they can write. Before we can expose children to a new concept, we must build their background knowledge and vocabulary.   


    Course Assessment Plan

    We will assess our children in the areas of literacy, math, social emotional and self-regulation 2-3 times a school year for the children to show what they have learned and how they have progressed over the year.


    Classroom Expectations:  We expect that children come to school everyday and on time and to be open and willing to learn.  We expect children to be curious.  

    Our classroom rules are

    walking feet

    looking eyes

    helping hands

    listening ears

    quiet voices

    Our school expectations are that we come to school ready to

    • Be kind and respectful

    • Learn and do our best

    • Take care of our school


    Supplies and Materials Needed:  At preschool we provide all the materials and supplies that your child will need to learn.


    You can reach me at my email:  lcharmel@mail.dps.k12.va.us or at 434-799-6437 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:35am-4:00pm