A Day in the Life At Center Stage Preschool
Preschool is a Journey
The first day of preschool is a scary moment — and not just for preschoolers! Parents are watching their little bundle of joy making their first forays into the big wide world without them.
Education is a journey that will shape the rest of their lives — and it’s beginning right now.
At Center Stage, children have plenty of opportunities to discover the world around them, as well as ensuring a proper education:
Daily Schedule at Center Stage
Dropoff Welcome Rituals
Our teachers are just as excited to meet your child as your child is to meet them! They’ve been preparing and planning for this day for a solid two weeks before school. No surprises here, just well-prepared teachers ready to have fun with the kiddos.
When your child first arrives at our preschool in Ashburn, VA, they will be warmly greeted by their smiling teacher and assistant. Your child will be made to feel important and welcome with a handshake and a cheery “Good morning!” and “How are you?” We believe it is crucial to set the tone for your child’s first day off right. This school is a warm, inviting place where they are being welcomed into a community.
After being greeted, your child will be offered their own personal little cubby. They will be allowed to take off their jackets and store their belongings here all by themselves. We want your child to feel like this is “their spot” and that we trust them to handle some tasks on their own. As you already know, littles love feeling like they are capable.
This is actually a very important tenet in Montessori training. While we will always be there to offer a helping hand when needed, self-sufficiency is the name of the game and we will always encourage kids to grow and become more independent.
All children are welcome at Center Stage, and our goal is that each child would feel like they are an important part of our community. We give children a voice in choices and inspire them to self-advocate and ask for help as needed. Each child at Center Stage learns to achieve on their own, but also be a team player when the occasion calls for it.
Snacktime & Responsibilities
Snack time is a favorite here at Center Stage! Children are given responsibility and are expected to clean and set up their own spot at the table. This makes them feel valuable and important.
Center Stage is their community and they love the opportunity to take ownership of it. Everyone gets a chance to go to the bathroom and wash their hands. Then they have a few minutes to chat with their friends or teachers while they enjoy their snack.
About the Core Teaching Blocks
Core Teaching Blocks focus on a variety of topics and activities, including:
Circle Time is "Magic"
The Outdoor Classroom
Family Style Lunch
At Center Stage, there’s no boring cafeteria food. A catering service delivers hot meals portioned and nutritionally based for each age group with plenty of whole fruits and vegetables. We put an emphasis on locally grown food that is in season.
We’re fueling growing minds so your child will only enjoy wholly nutritious food at Center Stage.
Classes get to sit and eat as a family. As with every other time at Center Stage, lunch is a time to talk with the kids, ask them questions, and give them opportunities to talk about their pets, vacations, and whatever else they want to chat about. If the conversation lags, a teacher jumps in with a leading question that gets them going again.
Rest and Refresh
The day has been busy and full! Now the children are given an opportunity to wind down. Those who still need it can nap and the others are given coloring books and puzzles to keep their minds occupied while their bodies rest. Again, children are given the responsibility to set up their own nap mat.
The children get so excited about being able to set up their mat and put on the fitted sheet. They love to help one another by holding the corners for their friends. We love to watch the sense of community blossom among them as they jump in to help one another.
They can also bring their things out of their cubbies to play with or help them relax during rest time.
After naps, it’s time for dance parties, music, coloring, playing outside, and a variety of other fun activities for the kids. The teachers put out meaningful activities and the children are allowed to choose what they want to do.
Your child will get to relax and enjoy the time that is left until their parents or family members come to pick them up. Our goal is that each child will go home full of new information, excited about what they learned that day, and excited to come back and do it again tomorrow!