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The Learning Cottage

9660 Basket Ring Road
Columbia, MD 21045

(410) 740-5538


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

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  • Puzzles
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
  • nature walks
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • creative movement
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
  • 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:

Our philosophy is that children at this age learn best through play and social interaction. Through hands on experiences and lots of interactive dialog, we foster children's natural sense of wonder and provide them with the necessary skills to be ready to enter kindergarten. The owner/director is certified in the techniques of the Maryland Model for School Readiness, and guides teachers in curriculum planning to include meaningful learning experiences that encompass all areas of growth and development -- social & emotional, language, science, social studies, mathematics, physical, and the arts. From the teacher's perspective, activities have a purpose and planning is intentional. In the eyes of the children, school is a fun and welcoming place to play with their friends!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Learning Cottage is committed to providing quality early childhood education to preschool aged children in our community. We create meaningful learning experiences in a nurturing and stimulating environment, where children feel welcomed and are encouraged to learn through play by:

Asking questions
Making choices
Using their senses
Solving problems
Expressing their feelings

At The Learning Cottage, our qualified and loving teachers work closely with parents to help each child develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and creatively. We believe in fostering each child’s natural sense of wonder and promoting a lifetime love of learning.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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