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Annsworth Academy-northampton

2919 Kerry Forest Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32309

(850) 668-9072


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • incorporated throughout the classroom in all of the centers, during circle time with songs & stories, and throughout the day during meals, playground, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, group games, block & construction play
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Visual -pictorial daily schedule
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Group activities and demonstrations, Playground activities, the Fluids and Sensory area
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Book illustrations
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Group games and activities
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Through our focus groups, one half of each class goes with the teacher assistant for a special focus activity. The remaining children stay with the teacher for special more individualized activities. The groups are rotated to allow every child these opportunities. Children who need additional help or are in need of more challenge are able to receive this during our focus group time.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Experiences during the first five years of life are extremely important in influencing each child's eventual intellectual and personal development. Annsworth Academy dedicates its efforts to providing a happy, safe and enriched environment to nurture the intellectual, physical and emotional growth of all of the children placed in our care. We provide experiences for children to explore their environment, to learn to play effectively within a group, and to develop independence and self-control. The attitudes and behaviors we model all influence their development and give them a feeling of self-confidence.
All religions, races, and cultures are equally valued and welcomed into our school community. We strive to build a sense of the group as a community, bringing each child's culture, language and/or special needs into the shared culture of the school so that each child feels accepted and gains a sense of belonging.

Our teachers provide a solid educational program for the students. Setting goals for our children that include developing skills for creative thinking, problem solving and taking responsibility, help them learn to live within our society. We provide a curriculum of weekly units with various topics relating to seasons, holidays, and the world around us. Experiences in math, language arts, science, social studies, creative movement, art and music are offered daily during their circle and center times.

Our playgrounds provide a safe environment for physical education, which is an integral part of our program. An appropriate level of fitness can lead to a more confident outlook, emotional stability and better mental and physical health in general.
The role of the teacher, her training, natural abilities and personality, are crucial in setting the stage for happy, productive learning. By bringing to the children new, relevant and exciting materials, with "hands on" experiences, she can guide the children into an exciting new world. The professional growth of our staff is assured by in-house training, professional workshops, teacher's meetings and curriculum development.

Meaningful communication between the parent and the staff is welcomed and encouraged. Parent bulletin boards in each classroom provide daily information, the monthly calendar and newsletter, and other progress reports help parents to stay informed on their child's progress.
Annsworth has an "Open Door" policy and encourages parent volunteerism and participation at every level. These added experiences offer unique learning opportunities for the children that will benefit them throughout life.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We invite parents of new children to visit several times before the first day of school. We have a parent - teacher meeting and a new student orientation just prior to our first day.
If a child displays separation issues, we comfort, reassure, and help her develop trust with her teachers. We help the child find a fun activity, color a picture for the parent, go to the quiet area to read a book and snuggle with a soft toy, and go to look at the family picture display.

We also talk to the parents and discuss previous separation issues and how they were handled. We discuss techniques that will help the parent successfully separate.