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Early Childhood

We know that play is the work of early childhood. Whether children are pretending to feed their friends in their restaurant or are building themselves a house, they are always exploring and learning about the world around themselves. We facilitate imaginative play with realistic and useful tools and activities that both reflect the “real world” of which children are an important part and that foster creative and independent thought.

We view the children in our class as capable contributors in the learning process, and we use an emergent curriculum to develop thoughtful lessons and projects in response to their interests. We treat students’ ideas, thoughts, and questions with respect, and we will often include our students in the decision making process by asking their opinion: “Should we read this book or that book?” We also encourage a sense of ownership by giving children their own personal space as well as holding them accountable for shared spaces.

This program is licensed through the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Each school day has a rhythm that includes choices, focused circle times, outdoor time, and meal time. Art, music, mindfulness, and movement also have an important role in the Early Child classroom.

Daily Rhythm

8:30     Arrival and Welcoming

8:45     Choices and Projects (indoors and outdoors)

9:30     Morning Snack

9:45    Choices and Projects

10:20   Clean-up Time

10:30   Morning Circle Meeting

11:00   Enrichment

11:30   Recess

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Prepare for Rest and Read (Half-day students depart)

1:15     Rest and read

2:30     Afternoon Snack and Choices

3:15     Clean-up Time and Gathering for Departure

3:30     Departure

Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 -- Elective Time

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