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Creative Learning Ctr Inc

17930 Bowie Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855-1611

(301) 987-5454


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our play-based preschool program is designed to help children: - make a successful transition from home to school - feel secure and happy in the preschool environment - build positive relationships with other children and adults - build a strong and positive self-concept develop large and small motor skills and coordination - express himself/herself freely and imaginatively - become increasingly responsible and independent

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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Weekly music instruction
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Sensory tables
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Creative Learning Center aims to provide preschool-aged youngsters with a high quality,
developmentally appropriate child development program which emphasizes fun, socializing, communication, physical skill development, cognitive development and creative expression, while promoting
compassion and understanding of themselves and others, using the Conscious Discipline® program.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers