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PB & J Day School, LLC

120 Werthan Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 791-9003


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Rocket Reading The school directors, Jennifer Walker and Brooke Pate, designed this curriculum, which exceeds the Tennessee Developmental Standards for each age group. The curriculum is comprised of two parts: First is a highly-systematic approach to reading instruction. Children are taught that sounds are represented by letters, and that sounds and letters follow a sequence that allows children to read words early on. Research shows that "systematic and early instruction in phonics leads to better reading." The second aspect of the curriculum is "thematic units." For example, when the children are learn the letter /i/ sound, threes will be learning about instruments, the fours about insects and the fives about inchworms. Each unit includes the following: Vocabulary Phonics Expressive Language Receptive Language Literature Math Science Social Studies Creative Arts Physical Development Outdoor Education Cooking

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
  • Use of sensory items in exploring letters and letter sounds
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives and games
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
  • Outside exploration and discovery
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD's, ribbons, movement manipulatives
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
  • Gardens
Other subjects taught Gardening, exploring nature, and understanding the natural world is essential part of our curriculum for all ages.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers have small group time daily to reach each child's needs. Instruction is modified based on these needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to make learning relevant, meaningful and fun. We strive for an inclusive environment that fulfills each child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs (appropriate to his/her age and stage of development) and we encourage children to question and explore their environment. In the spirit of teaching our children the value of cooperation, respect and responsibility, we bring together families, teachers and community members and highly value the contributions of all.

We are strong proponents of active learning; hands-on exploration and interaction are an integral part of the PB & J Day School program. Outdoor education and learning about the environment also play a role in daily classroom life; each class will have a pet and participate in recycling, composting and gardening. Children, parents and staff also participate in community outreach activities through the school year.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule for 3 year olds Class
8:45-9:00 Arrival
9:00-9:15 Group Meeting
9:15-10:15 Centers and Small Groups
10:15-11:30 Outside Education and Playtime
11:30-12:00 Art/Spanish
12:00-12:30 Story and Activity
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Rest Time
2:00-2:30 Snack
2:30-2:50 Group Meeting

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher communication is a hallmark of our school, and we practice this in many forms: personal conferences, email, phone, website, newsletters, notes from school, bulletin boards, take-home folders, daily activity logs, Twitter, Facebook and more. Parents are always welcome during the day and are encouraged to participate in their child's school experience; you'll even be able to check on your child via our webcam system.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We will acknowledge the separation anxiety and work with the parents to determine how to lessen the child's fear. Having a nurturing and educated staff will always help with the anxiety.