Shenandoah Preschool

Loving. Living. Learning.

Helping Teach a Generation that will Change the World

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Mission

Getting the Best Start

Study after study shows that the majority of children benefit socially, developmentally, and academically from a quality preschool experience.

Of course, the decision to send your child to preschool is ultimately up to you. We recommend visiting the facility that you are considering, observing the classes in action, and asking questions of both the staff and current parents. We at Shenandoah Preschool are always open to visitors.

Our School

Our Facilities & Classes

Welcome to Shenandoah Preschool!  We offer half-day (8:30 am-12:00 noon) or, when sufficient enrollment allows, full-day (8:30 am-4:00 pm) programs  for children aged 2-5 years.  We are located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Virginia, owned and housed by Trinity United Methodist Church. We are very lucky to have 5 individual classrooms , allowing for small class size. Research shows that children in smaller classes have greater gains in receptive language, general knowledge, cooperative behavior, and verbal initiative. Greater individual attention from the teacher and smaller groups stimulate complex play and foster problem-solving skills and greater social interaction.

Readiness Pre-Kindergarten
These classes are designed for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and 5 years old who will attend Kindergarten next year. The Pre-K class will help develop academic and social skills in preparation for a successful Kindergarten year. This class meets 3, 4, or 5 mornings each week from 8:30 to 12:00.
Discovery
These classes are designed for children who are 3 years old or will be 3 by September 30. Most children are experiencing preschool for the first time. Emphasis in this class is primarily on social development though age appropriate academic skills are covered. Interactive play and hands on experiences are important for this age group.

We offer a Mon/Wed/Fri class, a Tues/Thurs/Fri class, and (if sufficient enrollment) a Tues/Thurs class, mornings from 8:30 to 12:00.

Toddler Time
These classes are designed for children who are 2 years old or will be 2 by September 30. The goal for this class includes socialization, encouraging creativity and curiosity, enhancing language skills and interactive play. One class will meet on Monday/Wednesday mornings and another on Tuesday/Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 12:00.
Music & Movement

Three times a month, your child will meet with Bethany Hull to experience learning through music with instruments, rhythms, and songs. They will also work on gross motor skills like throwing, skipping, galloping, jumping, tumbling, and balance. Props like mats, parachutes, hula hoops, cones, tunnels, and bean bags will be used.

Bethany will help us prepare for our Christmas and End of the Year programs.

Library
Each class will visit the Rockbridge Regional Public Library (across the street from the preschool) two to four times a month for story time with the children’s librarian. Your child’s teacher will inform you of her scheduled visit.
Chapel
Once a month, your child will be exposed to a lesson about Christian values or a Bible story in an organized Chapel setting. These will often revolve around the season or holiday that is nearest. Our pastor, Joe Cailles, is our Chapel leader.

Our Environment

The goal of Shenandoah Preschool is to provide an inclusive and open environment for preschool children as an outreach to the surrounding communities. We strive to offer a secure and loving atmosphere where each child has the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and cognitively to his/her fullest potential.

Location: 147 S. Main Street, Lexington, Va 24450

Telephone: (540) 463-7195

Email: spslex@yahoo.com

School Hours: M-F: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Our Goal

Our primary goal is to offer children a place where they can acquire the essential tools needed to be successful in future learning experiences, including but not limited to: creativity, compassion, cooperation, respect, and self-worth. Our curriculum focuses on social development: speaking, listening, and responding appropriately to adults and peers. Hands-on activities in Math, Science, and Social Studies encourage cooperation, problem-solving, and awareness of the world. We believe that children of preschool age should enjoy coming to school where they play with friends, learn about sharing and taking turns, and participate in group discovery and exploration. We have a very family-friendly environment, which encourages parent involvement and support. We would love to have you take a closer look at our preschool.
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Testimonials

What Parents are Saying

“Shenandoah has laid the foundation for both of my children, and has allowed them to be prepared to excel in Kindergarten. The staff/teachers are a true blessing!”
– A. E.

“Shenandoah Preschool was wonderful. My son’s teacher is patient, kind, and truly loves her students.”
– C. C.

“We have loved our years at Shenandoah Preschool. The teachers are caring and professional, the classrooms are warm and creative, and the emphasis is on the child getting to be a child, all the while growing academically, socially, and emotionally.”
-M.L.

“My son absolutely love Shenandoah Preschool and I will always be thankful to the teachers and staff there. . . My son is very active, and I’m sure he is not always easy, but the staff have figured out how to channel that energy in good directions. He feels so loved there and asks all the time if today is a preschool day. I am so thankful for everything they have done for my son and my family.”
– A.G.