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Minnieland Private Day School Inc

664 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, VA 22554

(540) 659-5290


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We wrok together with the children to meet the needs of everyone. We encourage an investigative approach to learning.

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
  • Kindergarten students us phonics books
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
  • 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
  • Mixtures, cooking, comparisions
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Annual Music Programs
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 Computer, Spanish, Music, Rizumu(music & movement), Hand Writing Without Tears, Math Their Way

From the Director:

Preschool children use Building Language for Literacy published by Scholastic. Jr. Kindergarten us Diversified Learning Method publised by Scholastic. Kindergarten children use Kindergarten Places published by Scholastic.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Due to small class sizes teacher are able to work individually with student in need assistance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of The Merit School is to provide our students with successful learning opportunities. These opportunities are designed to meet the individual needs of our students as we prepare them to be responsible citizens and valued member of the community. To achieve this we:
*Include our families and the community in the educational process.
*Provide a challenging and individualized curricula that encourage our students' creativity and love of learning.
*Promote character building and problems solving skills.
*Foster our students' feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.
*Establish a safe and supportive learning environment which accepts and respects diversity.

A Typical Day

Sample Schedule
9:00-9:05 Greeting
9:05-9:25 1st Circle Time
9:25-9:35 Storytime
9:35-10:30 Center Time/Art
10:30-10:35 Clean up
10:35-10:50 2nd Circle Time
10:50-11:00 Bathroom & Quiet Reading
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:35-12:00 Outside Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Merit School sends out weekly emails to parents, as well as monthly newletters. We also have an open door policy, as well phone availability to each classroom.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is greeted by staff each morning.