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Sunset Hills Montessori Children's House

11180 Ridge Heights Road
Reston, VA 20191

(703) 476-7477


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that this program offers an exceptional opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the Montessori method of learning, one in which the needs and development of each individual child is the central focus of the class.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. the child arrives at the Children’s House. She hangs up her coat and backpack and hugs and kisses her Dad. Dad takes her to the multi-purpose room (called the Sunset Club Room) where a childcare assistant greets the child and invites her to start her day. The multi-purpose room has a selection of “at home” activities (blocks, dolls, puzzles, dress-up clothes, etc.). The child chooses to work alone or with a friend. Dad signs the child in on the chart in the foyer.

8:30 a.m.: The childcare staff asks the children to put away their work. The child is dismissed from childcare to her classroom where she begins a typical Montessori classroom morning as described in the PRIMARY PROGRAM brochure enclosed in this packet.

11:45 a.m.: The child will wash her hands and prepare for lunch. The child will then eat lunch with her friends. When lunch is over she will help to clean up.

12:30 p.m.: The child goes outside to play or works with the “at home activities” if the weather is poor.

1:00 p.m.: The child is dismissed to the Child Care Supervisor. She goes to the bathroom, washes her hands, gets her sleeping toy, and takes off her shoes. The child lays down for a rest as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Music and story cassettes will be played during naptime.

3:00 p.m.: The child gets up from her nap. The older children who are in childcare join her in the Sunset Club Room and play for a while.

3:30 p.m.: The children have afternoon snack.

3:45 p.m.: The children go outside to play. Depending on the weather and the mood of the children, they will stay outside from 15 minutes to the rest of the afternoon. The childcare staff will always have several activities planned in the areas of art, storytelling, drama, games, etc, but will not stop children who are having a grand time outside on a beautiful afternoon to do an activity that can wait for a rainy day. We will sometimes do our art, storytelling, or games outside as well.

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Mom comes to school to pick up the child. The child puts on her coat and backpack and shakes hands with a member of the childcare staff to be dismissed. The parent signs the child out on the chart in the foyer."
Excerpted from the preschool's website