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Play Curriculum

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

Play” is the integral learning tool at Westover. During play, children are constructing their understanding of the world and themselves. It is their way of working and learning. Children acquire many skills through play. They try new roles, solve problems, learn how to make sense of their environment, and practice social skills.

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