Back to Centreville Preschools

Minnieland Private Day School

14415 Compton Village Dr
Centreville, VA 20121-5701

Phone:
(703) 815-9101

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Mission of Minnieland is to provide a quality child care program in a learning and loving environment. Our goal is to expose the child to various experiences that will develop him or her socially, emotionally and educationally."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

" PRESCHOOLERS DAY AT MINNIELAND
QUIET PLAY ACTIVITIES
BREAKFAST AND CENTER PLAY
CIRCLE TIME
OUTSIDE PLAY
GROUP TIME: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING CENTER TIME
LUNCH
STORY TIME
NAP-QUIET TIME
SNACK-OUTSIDE PLAY
CENTER PLAY ACTIVITIES
QUIET PLAY ACTIVITIES (CHILDREN LEAVING)
A PRESCHOOLERS DAY AT MINNIELAND
Arrival: Quiet Activities
Minnieland makes the transition from home to center as smooth as possible with welcoming activities including puzzles, table toys, books, and writing materials.
Breakfast and Center Play
A nourishing breakfast is provided each morning. Teachers sit with their preschoolers and discuss what's in store for the new day.
Circle Time: Music and Movement
The day begins with music and movement, singing new songs and old favorites. The daily schedule is presented to the children. They, in turn are asked to share something special with the class. The children recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and enjoy various interactive activities, for instance, dancing to music like their favorite animal, or singing "Eency Weency Spider", with hand motions.
Learning Center Art
Refrigerator masterpieces are created every day at Minnieland. Experimenting with various materials and elements, preschoolers are encouraged to express themselves in a variety of creative ways.
Outside Play
Minnieland playgrounds are full of safe, colorful and creative equipment that keep active preschoolers happy outside.
Center Time Fun
It's choice time for the children as they investigate the center play areas in the classroom. Independence is encouraged as they select activities in the block corner, housekeeping area, dress-up center, library, art table, math center, and sand table. Manipulatives and play materials are rotated on a weekly basis to keep the classroom interesting, as well as to reflect the concepts being presented each day.
Tell me a Story Time
Teachers read exciting adventures, classic literature, and whimsical stories, and instill the love of reading in their three year old listeners.
Lunch and Nap
Outside Play
Tell Me A Story Time II
Math and Science Group Time
Learning math is a hands-on experience, as the children manipulate a variety of materials in their quest to understand the world of numbers. Sorting, classification, recognizing shapes, and counting skills are practiced through play. A cooking activity is conducted weekly to explore the concept of measurement. In our Science Discovery Centers, children explore a variety of materials in a sensory center designed to promote learning through touch, smell, sight and sound.
Departure: Quiet Activities
A PRE KINDERGARTEN DAY AT MINNIELAND
Arrival: Quiet Activities
Breakfast and Center Play
Circle Time: Music and Movement
The day begins with music and movement, singing new songs and old favorites. The daily schedule is presented to the children. They, in turn are asked to share something special with the class. The children recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and enjoy various interactive activities, for instance, dancing to music like their favorite animal, or singing "Eency Weency Spider", with hand motions.
Learning Center Time with Art, Snack
Story Stretcher Time
"Read me a story and I'll tell you one, too", rings out loud and clear as our four year old preschoolers gather together to experience a selection of children's literature utilizing all five senses. Language and literacy skills are developed through the Story Stretchers Program in which stories are told, illustrated, dictated, dramatized, and retold by our eager learners following their teacher's lead. Inventive writing and spelling is encouraged as the children explore the alphabet and its sounds through books, games and songs.
Outside Play
Math and Science Group Time
Math Their Way - Minnieland believes that children learn best in hands-on activities and experiences. Minnieland has brought together a variety of familiar materials gathered from a child's world, which, because they are real, engage a child's senses. This motivates him or her to learn and provides tools for exploration and problem solving. The children have fun playing with shapes, blocks, cubes, buttons, tiles and jewels. And in the process of all this fun, math concepts are taught and caught!
Our Science Discovery program encourages preschoolers to make their own scientific observations as they experiment with materials in their world. The program builds on a child's natural curiosity, and with additional complementary activities, learning is enhanced.
Lunch
Story Time
Outside Play
Snack
Center Time Fun
Departure: Quiet Activities
"
Excerpted from the preschool's website