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.
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.
8:45 Arrival and Welcoming
9:15 Enrichment Class
10:00 Morning Circle Meeting
10:15 Morning Snack
10:30 Choices and Projects
11:25 Clean-up Time
11:30 Reflecting and Development Meeting
12:45 Prepare for Rest and Read (Half-day students depart)
1:00 Rest and read
2:30 Afternoon Snack and Choices
3:15 Clean-up Time and Gathering for Departure
Preschool Certification Statement
Blue Mountain School, Inc., is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations relating to food services, health and sanitation, water supply, building codes, and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code for private schools in Virginia.
Our preschool program's maximum capacity is 16 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 1 to up to 8. Our staff meet public health requirements for school personnel working in private schools in Virginia, and all Blue Mountain School staff who have contact with children have passed criminal record checks and sign the Department of Social Services’ Sworn Statement or Affirmation for Child Day Programs before signing yearly contracts. Persons who have been found guilty of a ‘Barrier Crime’ as specified in section 63.2-1719 of the Code of Virginia are not employed by Blue Mountain School. Blue Mountain School maintains public liability insurance through the Leonard L. Brown Agency. (Policy number EPP 027 40 78; Expiration 10/01/2017.)
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