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Miss Peggy's Preschool

1566 Kingstream Circle
Herndon, VA 20170

(703) 689-9761


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We separate choice times into creative and skills choices, which occupy a sizable portion of time, along with outside free play. We also have several teacher-led activities each day that everyone participates in:circle time, art, music, dramatic play, movement, story time, discovery, and a learning activity.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Activity books and intro to reading with Bob books and other phonics and sight-reading books for those who complete activity books, as they choose
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Activity books, learning games, manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Nature walks, especially in summer day camp, some cooking, seasonal discussions and activities
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Daily singing on weekly theme, some practice with beat, dynamics, tempo, pitch, and guitar and piano accompaniment, also instruments available for free play
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Process-oriented art projects every day and daily access to use of painting easel
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
  • 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
  • Swings, slides, ride-in cars
Other subjects taught Poetry/finger play daily at circle time; creative dramatics often in younger classes and daily in older classes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is encouraged to participate and to progress at his/her own pace. Classes are small and there is ample time to practice skills, with some teacher support and guidance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A wide variety of activities, structured and unstructured periods, and a mix of skills choices and creative choices are important components of a balanced preschool program.

Miss Peggy also emphasizes growth in independence, responsibility, social skills, good manners, and respect for others.

A Typical Day

Morning classes - 9:00-11:45 - 2 - 3 year-olds
Afternoon classes -12:00-4:00 -3 1/2-5-year-olds
Daily program includes art, creative dramatics, poetry, movement, music, skills instruction, story, time, creative choices, discovery, skills choices, outside play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide student progress reports and parent-teacher conferences three times a year. Daily communication with parents and teacher is encouraged and initiated by the teacher. We have an annual orientation right before school starts. Parents are invited to contact the teacher with any concerns or questions.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children visit with parents right before school starts. Parents are encouraged to send in a "comfort" toy or blanket with their children and to give the teacher tips for calming them with their specific interests. The teacher often reads a familiar story and gathers one or more children close to her and invites their participation. Parents drop children at the door from the first day and are called after an hour if a problem.