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Ravensworth PDO Preschool

5100 Ravensworth Rd
Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 967-0199


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers and Directors work with parents to develop a cohesive approach to be used at home as well as at school. Different tools are used depending on the specific need and used to provide positive reinforcement.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe it is important to foster creativity and happiness in our preschool environment. We help to promote a child's self-esteem by encouraging independence, giving them the freedom to explore, and nurturing each child's pace of development. Our PDO program also provides support and educational materials to families to help in the development and nuturing of each child. We can assist families in obtaining additional community services to address a child's special needs.

A Typical Day

- Arrival & Greeting with weekly theme-related activities
- Creative Play: materials and centers set up to develop fine motor skills including arts and crafts, manipulatives, science areas, block play, pretend play, etc.
- Circle Time with weather, calendar, pattern, and musical activities
- Play Time: gross muscle activities outside or in our indoor playroom
- Snack and Lunch
- Rest Time with soft music and storybooks
- Story Time with books, flannel boards, finger plays and puppets
- Goodbyes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate with parents about their child, the school's learning goals, their progress, and activities outside the school through an Open House, parent-teacher meetings, evaluations, parent topic socials, newsletters, web site, distribution of educational materials and bulletins on community activities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have additional staff that can assist comforting a child and walking them through their first few days of school. We access each child's need and may determine that a shorter schedule is required in the beginning. We also put together picture books with photos of the child participating in different activities. This book is used both at home and at school to help with transitions.