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Maggie's Morning School

6610 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31405

(912) 352-8404


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Maggie’s Morning School is a developmental, child-centered preschool designed to give young children an environment that is success oriented. We believe that an atmosphere which invites children to be actively involved in learning becomes the basis for confidence and motivation. Independence is primary to this process, so it is critical that a child’s school experience offers many open-ended challenges. How to think, and not just what to think, is an important part of our approach.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, real and found items
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
  • Real and found items
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Visiting musicians
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development is enhanced through creative hands on play, the freedom to choose particular tasks of interest, and learning objectives appropriate to their developmental needs. A good portion of the morning is designed for the child to have opportunities to play and work in many interesting learning centers including arts and crafts, blocks, home living/dramatic play, sand and water play, science, music, table toys/manipulatives/math, puzzles, books/writing area, etc… The teacher’s role is that of a guidance facilitator, guiding children to and through activities. During free choice time, a child may choose whatever he or she is interested in. We do not make a child leave an area or center for a teacher chosen task. He/she may be reasoning out basic math concepts in the block area, solving a social/emotional issue in the dramatic play area, or figuring out how much sand will fill up a can. We follow the child’s lead and timetable for choosing activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Monthly themes provide the framework for objectives. Teachers meet to plan topics of interest for young children. The curriculum guides teachers’ development and intentional implementation of learning opportunities consistent with our program goals and objectives. These goals and objectives guide teachers’ ongoing assessment of the children’s progress.

Assessments obtain information on all areas of a child’s development and learning, including cognitive skills, language, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, health, and physical development (including self help skills).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goal of our school is to provide children with an exciting, age appropriate environment that supports social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development. We believe that the prepared environment is the first curriculum. Well defined activity centers filled with plenty of hands on materials invite children to interact, explore and problem solve. Our goal is to provide an environment that will focus primarily on language, self help skills, thinking skills, and large motor development.

A Typical Day

A typical morning begins with free choice time, followed by group clean up, circle time, snack and playground time. The children then return to the classroom for music and story time to round out a full and busy morning. Children in the Threes and Fours classes participate in small group teacher directed activities each day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open communication between school and home is essential to a successful school experience. Your child is the one who will benefit the most when parents, teachers, and administration develop a healthy respect for the different strengths each brings to the relationship.

Class Calendar – This monthly calendar contains the theme, events, daily highlights, special activities, reminders, and curriculum objectives for your child’s class. Snack assignment, birthdays, and new finger plays round out this important tool.

Monthly Event Listing – One page outline of the important event dates and deadlines for each month.

“Sandbox Chatter” Newsletter – A school newsletter with general information, upcoming events, alumni news, parent education topics, and volunteer opportunities, etc.

Phone and Written Communication – The staff will make every attempt to notify parents by phone or note when a situation develops that you should be made aware of. We ask that you do the same.

Minor Mishap Form – Whenever your child receives a scratch, bump or scrape, we will fill out a “Minor Mishap” form with the particular information. A copy will be put in your child’s file and one in their book bag. In the event your child hits their head, we will call you at work to tell you firsthand of the incident. It is then your decision if you want to take your child in for a medical evaluation.

Parent Board – Both parents and staff may post general information, neighborhood and community events, adult education and other notices of adult interest on the bulletin board in the lobby.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – The school holds parent/teacher conferences twice during the school year, noted on the school year calendar. While preschool parents are not required to attend, we encourage parents to take advantage of the time to sit down 1-1 with your child’s teacher. Phone conferences are also available for Preschool parents. If your child participates in the state funded Pre-K program your parent/teacher conferences are mandatory. We share portfolio work samples, discuss growth and development, and an assessment of their grasp of recent curriculum objectives. Parents sign up at the available scheduled times, posted outside the classroom door.

Lost and Found – A lost and found container is kept in each classroom. Items not claimed after a few months are given to local charities. PLEASE LABEL your child’s outerwear, book bag, lunchbox, extra clothes, etc. as this will help us and especially you.

Email- The front office will send important notices, reminders, Sandbox Chatters, etc… through email. Please consider sharing your email address with us in order to cut down on paper costs!


Separation is Handled through:

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