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Spring-N-Dale Private School

6574 Edsall Road
Alexandria, VA 22312

(703) 354-2455


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To a working parent or guardian, a child care facility is more than just a baby sitter. It is a part of the input to the child's personality development, early education, and social interactions that can shape his/her future. We feel that the most stable and secure environment can be developed for your child using the basic ingredient of the home - love. That is why we believe that the giving and receiving of love must be a basic function in our schools.
The students will encounter a variety of innovative activities to help them grow socially, mentally, verbally, and physically. The day's work includes a balance of active and passive activities, as well as, teacher-directed and child chosen tasks.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children are accompanied by their parent(s) to the classroom or cafeteria.
6:30am - 9:00am Children have a free choice of activities, including block play, coloring, books, puzzles, manipulative toys, play dough, and/or videos.
9:00 a.m. Opening of class. The children salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing a patriotic song, and say the Lord's Prayer.
9:10 a.m.
A BEKA Academic Curriculum: Language Arts or social activities provide group time to learn about nature, activities of daily life, and Show ‘N' Tell (Mondays).
9:30 a.m.
NURSERY 2 -JR. KINDERGARTEN - Art and clean up.
SENIOR KINDERGARTEN - THIRD GRADE-Phonics and Math, Science and Manuscript Writing.
10:00 a.m.
Snack Time - Give thanks, served a healthy snack, concentration on table manners.
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Recess - Outside or inside group games (depending upon the weather).
11:00 a.m.
Quiet Time. The children are given passive activities to participate in, including stories and records.
11:15 a.m.
NURSERY 2-JR. KINDERGARTEN-Academic activities, focusing on number concepts, alphabet, and phonics are taught through fun, innovative methods.
SENIOR KINDERGARTEN - Creative Time to focus on art, music, drama.
FIRST - THIRD GRADES - Reading Groups.
11:30 a.m.
Music and rhythm activities are led by a teacher during this time. Activities are both active and passive.
12:00 p.m.
Hot lunch is served.
12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
FIRST - THIRD GRADES - Social Studies, Poetry, Art, Drama, Computers, P.E.
3:00 p.m.
Snack Time
3:15 p.m.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Recess/Classroom Activities
5:00 - 6:30p.m.
Children may be brought inside for quiet time and table activities such as games, coloring, books or television until departure.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

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

  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school