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The Franklin Schools

4473 Connecticut Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 966-7747


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At The Franklin Schools, the child begins self-education within a prepared environment of specially designed, enriching materials geared to each child's development. The child advances as her interests lead from one level of complexity to another. The use of the materials creates a lot of movement. Silence is not the goal.

The activities at The Franklin Schools are purposeful and attuned to the child's muscular and intellectual level of development. When children of mixed ages work in the same classroom, the younger child benefits from having models for imitation and identification. Similarly, the older child benefits from working with the younger children while reinforcing and developing his own knowledge. The child's social development is considered as important as her intellectual growth. Soon the child learns how to interact with peers and adults."

Excerpted from the school's website

A Typical Day

"7:30-9:30 Early Risers

Children eat breakfast, enjoy traditional play materials, and help teachers prepare the classroom for the day’s activities.

8:30-9:30 Morning Montessori

Children receive lessons and begin working with the classroom Montessori materials.

9:30-12:15 Class time

9:30-9:45 Group time. All children gather with the teacher singsongs, stories, lessons or games.

9:45-11:15 Work time. Children explore the classroom receiving lessons and working independently with the materials of their choice. This may include math, reading, art, eating snack, talking with their friends or using any of the materials they have previously been presented by the teachers.

11:15-11:30 Group time. Children again gather to talk about their morning and sing, read stories, have group lessons or play games.

11:30-12:15 Playtime. The children enjoy the playground or gym.

12:15 Lunch/Dismissal. Children in the half-day program are dismissed while children in the extended day program eat lunch.

12:45-3:30 Quiet Afternoons

(for children under four years)

Children under four years of age fall asleep to lullabies in the nap room. After their rest, the children eat snack and enjoy a story or song at group time.

12:45-3:30 PreK/Kindergarten class

(for children four and older)

12:45-1:15 Playtime (playground or gym)

1:15-3:30 Work time"

Excerpted from the school's website