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Fairlington Pre School

3900 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

(703) 671-3939


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

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  • Puzzles
  • math manipulatives, large and small blocks
Time & space more

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  • 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
  • special visits from petting zoo
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music playing for scarf dancing, etc.
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 Sometimes we arrange for Spanish lessons after school, but this is an extra.

From the Director:

Much of our approach involves first introducing themes and new information through small or whole group activities, and then worked on over time in centers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff is trained to work with small groups and individuals in play-based curricular activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We prepare children for a life of learning through exploratory play and learning activities that harness their creativity and imagination. We follow the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence, a nationally recognized curriculum.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We use both email and a paper newsletter that goes home in backpacks. We are working on a new website. Individual teachers communicate through both email, notes and formal/informal conferencing.
We do have an open house at the beginning of the year, as well as a parent orientation meeting. We are working on new and exciting ways to provide parent education and social events.

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
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We treat many of these issues on a case-by-case basis because every child is unique. Separation issues can be developmental or situational, and many times parents have separation issues as well! So we must use discernment in each case.