Our Mission

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My mission for Ren’s House is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment for preschool age children. My goal is to instill a love of learning as I help children develop skills in the social/emotional, language, cognitive skills, and physical domains, which in turn provides the foundation for academic achievement. This foundation not only ensures a successful transition to kindergarten, but is an important indicator of later school achievement.

Our Philosophy

Children are natural born learners and are curious about the world around them.  Children learn through their experiences (play) with their environment and interactions with their peers and adults.

My role as a teacher is to create a safe, exciting learning environment, which promotes exploration using developmentally appropriate activities and materials. During their explorations, I act as a facilitator of their play and help to scaffold their current knowledge. I facilitate their growth by asking open-ended questions, providing role modeling of new skills, and providing encouragement of their efforts and ideas.

I provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum using the Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and the Milestones of Child Development as guidelines. I provide a consistent schedule, which includes a balance of child-directed and teacher-directed activities in individual, small group, and large group settings. The curriculum is also enriched by monthly field trips and child friendly themes.

About Ren’s House

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Ren’s House is a state licensed family child care accepting children ages 2 years through 5 years. Full time care is provided Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 5:30pm in a home like environment. Children receive the benefits of a low child to teacher ratio and a preschool curriculum. Ren’s house provides breakfast, lunch, and two snacks. All of these benefits are provided at an affordable rate.

Learn more about the classroom and curriculum. Already enrolled at Ren’s House? Check out the For Families page.

Ms Sharon Dove

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Sharon Dove, known to her preschool students as Ms. Sharon, has her Associate Degree of Arts & Science, Child Development Associate credential, and is near completion of her bachelor's degree. She has operated Ren's House since 1989. She is the recipient of numerous awards including; the Tylenol and Terri Lynne Lokoff 2005 Child Care Teacher of the Year, the Success by Six Coalition 2009 Life Time Achievement Award, and 2010 WHSV-TV3 Golden Apple Award. Sharon stays abreast of the current research and best practices in the field of early childhood education by continuous attendance at educational conferences, trainings and membership in national and local child care organizations. She is a repeat presenter at educational conferences and often serves as a mentor to other child care providers. She is seen as a community leader in the field of early childhood education and is a member of the Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley Coalition.