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Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool

10723 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone:
(703) 273-4333

Website:

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We believe that each day of a child's life should lead toward the growth and development of a healthy and contributing member of society. To accomplish this, our program provides rich and varied learning opportunities which contribute to a child's social, emotional, physical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Our program is based on the understanding that a child learns naturally through play; we believe that play is the most developmentally appropriate means for young children to learn.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that each day of a child's life should lead toward the growth and development of a healthy and contributing member of society. To accomplish this, our program provides rich and varied learning opportunities which contribute to a child's social, emotional, physical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Our program is based on the understanding that a child learns naturally through play; we believe that play is the most developmentally appropriate means for young children to learn.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • 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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Spanish Instruction for our four and five year old students. Bi-weekly Movement and Music classes. Various after-school enrichment classes.

From the Director:

Your participation as a helper in your child's class lets you be a part of his school day, get to know his/her teacher and friends, and meet other parents. Being a Parent Helper in the classroom is a great way for you to watch your child, and other children of the same age, in action and get a first hand look at all the exciting things we do at preschool. It also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to get to know all of our families and have you feel more a part of the FPP family. Parents work in their own child's classroom and provide a healthy snack for the class the day they participate. It is a special day that your child will look forward to and remember for a long time.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

While the benchmarks used can provide measurements for the development or progress in a learning area over time, all children will not progress at the same rate and should not be expected to reach benchmarks at the same time. Teachers may have to adapt or modify instruction from some students. Because the benchmarks evolve along a continuum, teachers can use them with parents, etc. to provide an authentic chart of a child’s growth over time. Although children should not be compared to each other, these guidelines also can be a valuable tool for teachers to use in indentifying children who may have special needs, or for those who excel beyond the norm.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool was established in 1958 as a nonprofit, nonsectarian, interracial, and nonpolitical institution by and under the Session of the Fairfax Presbyterian Church. It currently falls under the Church's Christian Education Ministry. Our program provides half-day classes two to five days a week, depending on the child's age, from September until May. Children must be at least three years old by February 28th or not more than five and a half years old on September 1st of any given school year.

We believe that each day of a child's life should lead toward the growth and development of a healthy and contributing member of society. To accomplish this, our program provides rich and varied learning opportunities which contribute to a child's social, emotional, physical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Our program is based on the understanding that a child learns naturally through play; we believe that play is the most developmentally appropriate means for young children to learn.

We offer classes that meet the needs of several different age groups. All of our preschool children attend Music and Movement once or twice each week and attend Chapel once every month. Children in the four-day and five-day classes also attend Kindercorner once each week. In addition, the entire preschool has the opportunity to participate in special events, such as field trips, puppet shows, and special days such as pajama day, hat day, and color days, as well as enjoy other resource programs that add exciting variety to our curriculum.

Each class is led by a paid, experienced teacher who meets National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) qualifications. Parents also play an important role through the Parent Participation program, where parents or other caregivers assist in their child's classroom on a rotational basis. The Four-Day 4 Year Old and Pre-Kindergarten classes have a ratio of six children to one adult. All other classes have a ratio of five children to one adult.

Our staff encourages children to be responsible for themselves and to begin to see how their actions affect others. Teachers use positive reinforcement methods, redirection, and discussion to lead to self-discipline. If a child is out of control or simply needs time away from the group, it may be necessary to remove him/her from the immediate situation for a few minutes before bringing him/her back together with his/her peers. A child will never be left alone or unsupervised, humiliated or subjected to verbal abuse, shamed or frightened, or denied food or rest.

The Preschool attempts to follow the same calendar as Fairfax County Public Schools with the exception of the start of the school year, some teacher work days, and the last day of the school year.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A newsletter is emailed at the beginning of each month, which includes a written message from each teacher, as well as the Director. Weekly Director's Notes are also emailed. We have three schedule4d conferences, weekly progress updates, and a completely open door policy for our families.

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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year