Preschool Program

Learning Village School Preschool Program in Loudoun Country The Learning Village School offers preschool to students age 2+ through Junior Kindergarten. The students attend the preschool class in the morning, and have the option of staying in the afternoon for one of our extended day programs.  A typical day in our preschool includes circle time, small group instruction, practice of skills, indoor and outdoor play, and morning snack.

As part of working cooperatively with parents to raise lifelong learners, we offer parent/teacher conferences three times a year, and communicate regularly with parents throughout the school year as needed.

Curriculum

Learning Village School Preschool Program in Loudoun Country VA

The Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D, Hirsch is the primary curriculum utilized in our preschool.  The curriculum provides children with specific, fundamental goals which help build a solid academic foundation on which new knowledge is layered.  These sequenced learning experiences are organized into age groups.  The comprehensive Core Knowledge curriculum helps us assess each student’s individual needs, and meets those needs with instruction.  The curriculum provides consistency and related vocabulary as a common ground between levels.  More in depth information about Core Knowledge can be found at http://www.coreknowledge.org/.

Learning Village School Preschool Program in Loudoun Country in Northern VA

In addition to the Core Knowledge curriculum, we utilize a defined writing program throughout our preschool and take field trips to reinforce skills learned in the classroom.  The curriculum for our preschool is also enhanced by Music, Art, Science, and Spanish Specialists.  These specialists confer with the preschool teachers to provide meaningful theme-based STEAM lessons.

The Learning Village School values the strong connection between the students, teachers, parents, and the community as a whole.  Some of the values introduced in our Character Connection program include Friendship, Sharing & Generosity, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.  Teachers use storybooks and activities to bring these traits to life.

 

Class Offerings

323’s/523’s3D3’s/5D3’s434’s/534’sPre-KindergartenJunior KindergartenMontessori Program

Age 2 years by May 31st
Do not need to be toilet trained

6:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours a day
3 or 5 days per week

Designed to be a child’s first school experience without a parent.  This class helps young students learn how to work in a group, follow single-step directions, follow classroom routines, express their needs, and name and identify basic colors, shapes and body parts.  In addition, the children form a foundation for literacy and mathematical skills.

Age 3 years by September 30th
Must be toilet trained
8:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours a day
3 or 5 days per week

This class is structured to provide students with enhanced basic fundamentals in mathematical reasoning, literacy, and oral language.  Emphasis is placed on patterns, shapes, colors, numbers zero through six, emerging letter recognition, fine motor control, initial writing strokes, songs, and storytelling.

Age 4 years by December 31st
Must be toilet trained
8:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours a day
4 or 5 days per week

For children who are older three’s and younger four’s, this program covers three year old objectives in the first few months of the year and bridges over to four year old objectives in the remainder of the year.  They are exposed to mathematical concepts with the numbers zero through ten related to patterning, sorting, counting, number recognition, and number writing.  Pre-literacy skills include rhyming, letter recognition of upper and lower case letters, letter sounds, writing strokes, letter formation, storytelling, and story sequencing.

Age 4 years by September 30th
Must be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours a day
5 days per week

Developed to prepare students for Kindergarten, this class emphasizes mathematical reasoning and pre-literacy skills.  Children are exposed to mathematical concepts with the numbers zero through ten related to patterning, sorting, counting, number recognition, and number writing.  Pre-literacy skills include rhyming, letter recognition of upper and lower case letters, letter sounds, writing strokes, letter formation, storytelling, and story sequencing.  Oral language is enhanced through the use of more precise words related to geography, emotions, quantities, and opposites.

Age 5 years by December 31st
Must be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours a day
5 days per week

Designed for the older and advanced four year old child who seeks a more challenging curriculum or for a five year old child who may need to grow socially or developmentally prior to entering Kindergarten.  Students in this program cover four year old skills at an accelerated pace and then are exposed to beginning Kindergarten objectives. Junior Kindergarten emphasizes phonics-based literacy skills, science and mathematical reasoning skills, handwriting skills and continued work on individual and group social skills.

Age 2 years by March 30th for Montessori Preschool
Age 5 years by September 30th for Montessori Kindergarten
Must be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours on Monday/4½ hours on Tuesday-Friday for Montessori Preschool
3½ hours on Monday/6½ hours Tuesday-Friday for Montessori Kindergarten
5 days per week

Rather than teaching the child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate children’s interest, simplify their understanding and enhance learning capabilities with the directress acting as a guide or facilitator.  Children ages 2½, 3, 4, 5 and 6 participate together in the same classroom.  Our Montessori credentialed directress has been trained in the Montessori philosophy and in the purposeful and specific use of Montessori materials.

Dr. Maria Montessori developed materials, created a child-centered environment, and helped revolutionize educational thought.  Dr. Montessori believed that children in a Montessori environment become life-long learners, open-minded, creative and culturally competent.