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Westhampton Day School

6100 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

(804) 282-7459


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • Handwriting without Tears Pre-K-Kindergarten
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Reading, Math, Language Arts Physical Education -daily Art Music-daily Dance Sports - Soccer Shots, Karate, Basketball,After School - Soccer Team Little Scholars Drama Kids

From the Director:

Handwriting Without Tears - Pre-K - Kindergarten Saxon Phonics Math and Reading - Kindergarten Pals Testing

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophies guiding our school are:

Honesty and Fairness
Respect for Others
A Caring Attitude
Creativity of Spirit
Unending Self-Improvement

We feel that the importance of these values is immeasurable. The school is operated by a professional staff, a select group of team players all working for the same goal: to provide children with a loving and safe environment that is conducive to learning.
Excerpted from the preschool's website