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Learning through Play-based Curriculum

Children playingWestover Baptist Preschool's program is designed to encourage and support children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development. 

Learning through play is the fundamental tool at Westover Baptist Preschool. Purposeful play, guided by experienced and caring classroom educators, allows children to contruct their understanding of the world and themselves. 

Children are involved in daily learning activities explored through small and large groups. Children are exposed to activities that encourage a positive self-image, independence, and develop skills that will always benefit them in later learning. A small class size provides more interactions between the teachers and children. In our child-centered setting, children are involved in choosing/planning activities and are encouraged to try new things.

Learning Centers offer a balance of activities and materials:

  • Art/creativity
  • Home living/community
  • Block center
  • Sensory table
  • Pretend play
  • STEM centers
    • Science modules
    • Patterning

Gross motor/movement relates to body awareness, reaction speed, balance and strength:

  • Playground
  • Bike room
  • Courtyard
  • Weekly music classes
  • Excavation station

Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles, referring to the tasks controlled by the nervous system:

  • Manipulatives:
    • Lacing cards
    • Stringing
    • Play-doh
    • Floam
    • Shaving cream
  • Pincer grips with pencils, markers, paint brushes, rollers, and crayons
  • Cutting and gluing 

Articles about the value of learning through play:

    Westover Baptist Church
    1125 Patrick Henry Drive | Arlington VA 22205-3517
    P 703.237.8292 | F 703.237.3864
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