Through a structured unit-based and “story stretcher” approach, we encourage children’s natural curiosity to explore the world around them. Our lesson plans and learning centers are age-appropriate and include the areas of science, math, arts, crafts, language, literacy, writing, large and small muscle development, music, cooking, simple computer technology, self-help, and worship. Our goal is for the children to play as they master skills and developmental milestones they will need for individual growth and Kindergarten preparation. We integrate guidelines from the VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards, Pre-K PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening), and Handwriting Without Tears in our Pre-K curriculum.
Our day consists of a balance of teacher-guided and child initiated indoors and outdoors hands-on activities (we enjoy outdoors as much as possible!). Your child will have the opportunity to build relationships, develop appropriate problem solving skills, and learn to appreciate similarities and differences among one another. We use a positive discipline approach that fosters self-control. We strive to create a calm and nurturing classroom climate, so children feel secure and free to explore. Children will begin to identify emotions and learn self-regulation strategies to make good choices. There are many positive discipline strategies that we use based on the age and personality of each individual child. Again, families are a huge part of all facets of a child’s development and growth and we value and expect teamwork between home and school to help with this very important responsibility.