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Open Door Learning Center

601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Phone:
(703) 777-6010

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Nationally accredited all-day preschool and Kindergarten. Serving children of all abilities, ages 2-7 years old.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe children learn by exploring, so at our school, we specialize in creating hands-on learning. We provide a non-traditional teaching environment set up in S.T.E.M. centers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as planning many learning opportunities outside or with the community. Our teachers recognize opportunities to teach skills in the child's natural environment and further enhance these skills with classroom instruction. At Open Door, we believe that a hands-on, child-centered environment can encourage a child's progress. Our campus is filled with creative learning centers that make your child's surroundings an inviting teaching atmosphere.

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
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
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 Preschool Curriculum: Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds Kindergarten Curriculum: Virginia's Standards of Learning

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child's learning experiences are individualized to meet his or her academic and social needs. By challenging students to achieve personal excellence they learn to become contributing members of the classroom. Your child will flourish in our individualized school program.

For students with special needs, we offer an ABA Extended Services Program. Our BCBA Program Director individually assesses students enrolled in the ABA Program in the following areas: receptive and expressive language, thinking and problem solving skills, social/emotional intelligence, activities of daily living/self-management, pre-reading and basic math concepts, handwriting, social skills, and fine and gross motor development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Open Door is a creative learning campus for children ages 2-7 years. We believe children learn by exploring, so at our school we specialize in creating hands-on learning. We provide a non-traditional teaching environment set up in S.T.E.M. centers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as planning many learning opportunities outside or with the community. Our teachers recognize opportunities to teach skills in the child's natural environment and further enhance these skills with classroom instruction.

We believe that education works best when valid research findings from the fields of education and psychology are constantly applied in the classroom and while exploring. Teaching practices at the school are derived primarily from applied behavior analysis (ABA) and include positive reinforcement, direct instruction, continuous measurement of learning, and strategic data analysis based on graphic displays. We offer a wide range of enriching activities to meet the individual needs of each child, focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. Our various teaching methods include hands-on natural environment teaching, traditional classroom instruction, and individualized instruction.

A Typical Day

Children are greeted by ODLC staff at drop-off time and then are able to enjoy self-selected activities. Morning circle time is a time for children to learn about the day of the week and weather. Children explore in our S.T.E.M. centers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), art, library, dramatic play and more. Snack and morning recess are followed by S.T.E.M. centers and then music & art in the afternoon. Lunch, story time and nap/rest time are the quieter parts of your child's day. Weather-permitting, outside play in our playground is enjoyed for afternoon recess. Parents pick-up children at the end of their busy day!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Mutual communication between parent(s)/guardian(s) and ODLC staff is an essential aspect of your child's development. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be invited quarterly for a parent/teacher conference to discuss your child's progress and future goals. Open Door prepares written developmental progress reports and report cards on a quarterly basis. These reports will allow you to stay up to date on your child's accomplishments.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We welcome you to Open Door Learning Center! Please give us a call to schedule a tour of our facility. See what makes our program so unique.