Preschool to kindergarten

Please forward this error screen to 209. The preschool to kindergarten way to learn is by doing. We provide experiences where children learn on all levels and value play as the essence of learning for children. We have been part of this community since 1980!

We have a play-based curriculum, where our students learn by doing, playing and exploring. Our Dragonfly, Butterfly and Busy Bee Afternoon classes will be offered for the 2017-18 school year! Dragonfly PM class students need to be 3 by September 1. Butterfly PM class students need to be 4 by September 1 and Busy Bee PM class 5 by September 1.

Kindergarten was voted the best preschool in Clark County for 2015! Main site images provided by Teresa Vick Photography. Our two-room, intimate urban schoolhouse is conveniently located in the heart of Fairfax, right next to Paul VI Catholic High School, between Route 29 and Main Street. With just two classrooms and around 50 students, our school is a tight-knit community where every student is known by each of our staff, where you are greeted by name each morning, and where families form the community we so often long for in today’s busy world. Our Head of School, Reina Shah, and her team look forward to welcoming you, and helping you discover the life-changing value of a great Montessori education. As Montessori is not a trademarked term, Montessori schools vary widely in quality: some daycares and preschools use the name for marketing, without delivering on the promise of a great education.

Our school is dual-accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Virginia Council of Private Education. Read our staff bios and parent reviews. Then schedule a tour: seeing is believing! Dual accreditation, from the American Montessori Society, and the Virginia Council of Private Education, allowing children who graduate from Kindergarten to enter grade one in the public school system. Being a parent myself, I know how challenging it is to pick the right school for your children. In fact, I was a Montessori parent first, then a teacher: I volunteered in my daughter’s school, and the principal at the time told me, given my passion for Montessori, I might as well get trained.

With my perspective as a parent and a certified Montessori educator, I am eager to help you understand whether a Montessori preschool and kindergarten experience is right for your child and family. Please contact us: I look forward to meeting with you one-on-one, to help you make the best preschool decision for your child. If you share your phone number, our admissions team will call to answer your questions or set up a tour. Please note: Your consent is not required as a condition of enrollment.

During their third year, many children can tell their age and hold up that many fingers to demonstrate. During the fourth year, many can accurately count up to five items, some can count up to 10, and a few can count to 20. Many four-year-olds can tell what number comes after a given number in a sequence up to 10. Given two numbers between one and 10, many five-year-olds can tell which of the two is larger. By the fifth year, they can accurately use the words in a sentence. Many four-year-olds will naturally make shapes that show symmetry without necessarily understanding the concept. For example, they might make a structure with blocks where one side of the structure is identical to the other because it appeals to them.

When asked, some four- and five-year-olds can copy a shape from memory after looking at it for several seconds. Some four- and many five-year-olds can use a simple, two-dimensional picture map to find an object hidden in an actual, three-dimensional room. During the third and fourth years, many children figure out how to compare two different objects. They might take two pencils and put them side by side and then tell you which is longer. Or, if you give them another item, they will have more. During the second half of their fourth year, many children will understand different time concepts, such as morning, afternoon, night, earlier, later, and soon.

Some children can name the days of the week, and some can name the months and the seasons. For example, they might measure and describe their favorite picture book as 35 paper clips long. By the fifth year, most children will be able to look at different-sized containers of the same shape and tell which holds more or less. During the third year, some children figure out how to follow a simple sequence of familiar events.

For example, they can describe the steps they follow in taking a bath. First we plug the drain, then we run the water, and finally we take the bath. During the fourth year, many children can follow, and make their own, simple patterns that repeat. For example, if shown a color pattern like red-blue, red-blue, children will know that another red-blue comes next. Children may also be able to follow and make their own sound patterns, such as clap-stomp-clap-stomp.