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Hagerstown Children's School

141 Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

(301) 739-6886


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goals are to foster self-confident and self-reliant learners, good work habits, creative thinking and problem solving skills, and to nurture each child's own sense of wonder and joy of learning.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Arrival. We begin each school day at 8:30 am/12:30 pm by greeting your child at the door with a handshake and a smile. Your child enters and greets and is greeted by friends. We see their eyes as they are filled with anticipation and questions.

Classroom Exercises. The children are now free to choose any exercise from the shelf. Whether it be a practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, geography, science, art or music exercise, their first exercise is one they're familiar tends to be easy for them to do. The children return the familiar work to the shelves and pick out more demanding work, not yet mastered. Gentle guidance is offered to children attempting unfamiliar exercises. The arrangement of the exercises on the shelves and in the classroom offer a natural transition from a mastered exercise to a new one. The arrangement offers a continuous challenge that the child meets at his own pace. Children naturally tend to practice until they master an exercise. Little do they know that each exercise is carefully devised to teach on multiple levels, addressing both cognitive and physical development. As the classroom staff observes the activities, the progress of each child is carefully recorded.

Classroom Structure. The room buzzes with activity. Every child is intent on his work, either on a table or on a rug, alone or working with a friend. Appropriate interaction and movement around the room is encouraged. Children learn to take responsibility of the process. They care and respect the materials, their environment, themselves and their friends.

Snack Time. Woven among all that work, children may have a snack at their leisure. A "turn"; system using beaded necklaces is
exercised so that 2-3 children at a time can join at the "kitchen" table and converse. A menu board is displayed at the food table. The
snack items and quantity for each are listed in both written language and in pictures so that all the children are able to read it. Child
sized utensils enable the children to pour their own drinks, serve their own food and clean up after themselves. Snack time is an enjoyable exercise
in independence for the children.

Gathering Time. We begin and end each class with a group gathering to welcome students and to close our day. We use this time for group lessons, such as the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the Universal Plea for Peace, or the Star Spangled Banner and the introduction of new materials. Group time
may also include a "show and tell" period with items of educational value, song singing, Spanish and sign language practice, using rhythm
instruments or reading.

Play Time. Out Door play is an integral part of the child's day. A gentle bell signals the end of the "work" period and the children all participate in cleaning and straightening their classroom The children feel a sense of ownership and will join together to find the smallest puzzle piece that may be missing. Together the class walks to the playground to ride bikes, shoot baskets, climb, garden, play with balls - all developing their gross
motor skills.

Ending our Day. At 11:30am/3:30 pm, a child to teacher handshake bids good-bye as our charges are returned to loving parents and caregivers.

That is a thumbnail sketch of what a child experiences. It is flexible, though flowing and open to input from child, parent and teacher
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school