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Butterfly Garden Preschool

1140 Fox Ridge Dr
Earlysville, VA 22936

(434) 974-7734


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

I firmly believe in the wonder of play, as it fosters imagination and creativity. It is through play that children learn from active exploration in a structured indoor and outdoor learning environment. However, as a teacher, I also respect our current education system, where children need to exhibit an increased readiness to enter kindergarten. Our program offers an active approach to learning through the use of independent center learning and teacher mediated instruction. Children are able to experience a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities for their abilities including math, science, language, the arts, socialization, and other Kindergarten readiness skills. Each week we will explore a new letter and appropriate theme. At Butterfly Garden Preschool, play is honored while children also receive lessons in skill building along with learning.

A Typical Day

9-9:30-Morning Circle-Calendar, Weather, Songs, Stories about related theme/letter of the week, Sharing

9:30-10:30- One-on-One Thematic Project Time, Center Rotation (Art, Science, Blocks/Manipulatives, Dramatic Play, Book Corner)


10:45-11:15- Outside/Gross Motor Play

11:15-11:40-Music with Ms. Susan (M/F); Group Gross Motor Skill with Mr. Brian (W)

11:40-12- Daily Wrap-up/Goodbye Circle

*Weekly Themes: centered around a Letter of the Week as well as Seasons, Holidays, Animals, Community, Our World, Safety, Health, Environment.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • 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
  • Small group sessions