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Scott's Landing Pre-School

410 Harrison Street
Scottsville, VA 24590

(434) 286-2983


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

This outline does not apply: see below

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
  • magazines, newspapers and signs and labels
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting toys, unit blocks other blocks and cubes
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
  • collections, garden, Magnolia tree, bugs
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD player time for singing, listening station
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught I believe all of these are part of our instruction through teacher led activities (mostly in circle time) and through play and child initiated exploration (free play and outside) of our materials about equally.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The children and their needs lead the teachers' interactions with them: both during group and "free" time.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We strive to provide an environment where children feel welcome, comfortable, happy, and confident about themselves and what they can do. PLAY-BASED.

A Typical Day

9-930 welcome and table games
930-950 morning circle
950-10:15 outside play
1015-1040 wash & snack
1040-1140 play and crafts
1140-12 closing circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Almost all of our communication happens on a daily basis. If parents don't pick up and drop off, we communicate through "what we did today" notes, at least 2 conferences a year, and our monthly calendar.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have done different things for different kids. Our philosophy is for the parent to convey their trust in us by leaving their child with love and a fairly firm good-bye. However, a very anxious child may need a parent to stay for part of the morning or gradually increase their attendance.