Play and Learn provides a healthy and safe environment to all children between six weeks and six years. Staffed by early childhood professional who exceed the standards defined by Virginia Department of Social Services. We provide comprehensive, developmental programming appropriate to young children. The center is incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. The center’s Board of Directors is made up of corporate and parent representatives. This board makes legal, financial, corporate and policy decisions for the center.
The Center Operations:
We are open year-round, Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. Full time and Part time care is available. An open-door policy, please come and visit your children throughout the day.
A cheerful, warm atmosphere where children learn through exploring a wide variety of educational materials. Play And Learn Center helps your child grow in five ways:
THINK AND DO in a variety of academic activities.
EXPLORE AND DISCOVER the world around them.
EXPRESS AND CREATE their original ideas.
SHARE AND CARE for themselves and those around them.
MOVE AND GROW in large and small muscle development.
To assure the safety of our children, we have two designated areas: one for infant, toddlers & twos and the other area for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten. Play and Learn provides playgrounds with turf surfaces that are fenced in. A separate parking lot provides separate parking for the parents and staff for easy and safe pick-up and drop off of your children.
Our Kindergarten program is geared toward giving your Kindergartener the tools that they need in order to succeed in their ongoing studies. We are focusing on improving their learning process and strengthening their language skills, reading and writing abilities as well as math skill essential for ongoing success.
Language Arts As children grow, their communication skills grow with them through their interactions. We lead different projects that ensure the children are not just memorizing the letters and imitating the sounds but actually are building their vocabulary and as well as improving on their writing and reading skills.
Math In Kindergarten, the kids are fascinated by numerical concepts and mathematical thinking. They are introduced to numbers through play-based activities, crafts, and storytelling. The teachers create experiences for the kids to explore the different fundamental concepts of geometry, algebra and statistics. That includes counting and adding on an abacus and measuring and charting our classmates’ height, and jumping distance.
Science Kindergarteners are enthusiastic, engaged and curios for scientific discoveries because of how much they love to experiment. Our teachers develop science and technology opportunities for their learning environment to help them make queries, as well as test hypotheses. This is done by classifying and charting scientific properties of items, and participating in long-term experiments.
Preschoolers are curious about their surroundings and we build our curriculum based on around interests and needs. It is also geared toward developing their social skills through role play and cooperative games. We cover these areas using a variety of methods to ensure that your child is getting what they need in order to grow. Language and literacy development is a part of our curriculum. Through our Hooked On Phonics Program, kids begin to identify the first sound in a word, and recognize his or her own name and begin writing it in their notebooks, as well as recognizing letters, letter sounds.
Math When it comes to children at this age, pre-math is important for them because they are learning how to group numbers from largest to smallest, and they are understanding the matching game to help them identify what correlates with what, they are also learning to identify numbers from 1 to 20. They also have 1:1 correspondence.
Science & Sensory Science is important for preschoolers for many reasons. It involves communication with people, and it helps develop patience and perseverance in kids. it also helps kids form a healthy does of skepticism. Science teaches kids about the world around them and how they came about. The scientific method includes a couple of procedures in order to understand a concept. The first step is asking a question, then we make our hypothesis as to why we think the correct explanation is. We then have exciting experiments to see what if our guess was correct or not. Lastly we come up with our conclusion and draw our results.
Gross Motor Skills is the movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts. Development skill increases by having them learn how to throw and catch balls, climb ladders and balancing on the foot for a short period of time.
Fine Motor Skills is the coordination of small muscles in movement. It involves the hands, eyes and the fingers. Fine motor skills increase as they are able to color with more direction, use scissors and draw simple shapes as well as doing puzzles with certain number of pieces. For preschoolers, the appropriate number of pieces per puzzle ranges from 10-12.
Self help skills What makes kids independent? learning to do things by themselves, and we help that by having them dress/undress themselves and that leads to better self-esteem and confidence.
The goal of our Pre-K Curriculum is preparation for Kindergarten. We expose our students to a variety of learning experiences including our Hooked On Phonics Program which helps them recognize more words day by day. Variety of activities and worksheets are given to help emphasize letter sound correlation and short vowels and hard consonants.
Math is crucial at this age because we are reinforcing proper number formation using directional cues top to bottom and left to right. Throughout the year, children will build on their abilities to write numbers from 1-100.
Science & Sensory Pre-Kindergarteners are young learners and science is an extension of their everyday world. Science involves a lot of communication with other students and that builds communication skills as well as social skills. They also learn how to be patient and taking turns becomes a routine. Science is important to learn at this age because it teaches children to form their own opinions, rather than taking those of others for granted. Children are inquisitive about their world, they are constantly making observations, and drawing conclusions about the phenomena of their natural world and we help by providing the essential learning tools that they need.
Gross Motor Skills is the coordination of the arms, legs and other large body parts. At this fragile age, there are so many various new gross motor skills that the kids can learn. These new skills are vital for playing with their peers. Everyone learns at a different pace, however when following a general outline of the development of these gross motor skills help improve balance and even self-confidence. Jumping sideways, skipping 10 feet, and even standing on one foot for 10 seconds is some of the gross motor skills that are being practiced at this age.
Fine Motor Skills refers to the movements we make with the small muscles o the hands. Fine motor skills start to develop as the child’s whole body starts to move and become more stable. Children also learn to do more things with their hands as their cognitive and social/emotional skills improve. Some examples of fine motor skills include cutting straight lines, beading, copying a square, and starting to color inside the lines of a picture.
Self help skills Four and Five year olds love to be independent, other than changing their clothes by themselves, there are many other things that make them feel capable and increase their self-esteem such as helping with daily chores like table setting and picking up toys as well as exploring tying their shoe laces.
Two year olds are hungry learners and our philosophy is to build our curriculum around their interests and needs. We provide the children with a variety of hands –on activities which encourage them to explore the world around them by using all of their senses.
Language development includes reading books aloud, using flash cards, telling stories using a felt board, singing and discussions about our theme provide more chances for children to take active role in expanding their vocabulary. When it to two year olds expressing their language, they have no problem because they are able to vocalize their needs, wants, thoughts and ideas.
Hands on Activities/Sensory provide children the opportunity to learn how to express their thoughts and work on their fine motor skills (small muscles). We provide activities to enhance their development by finger-painting and playing in the sensory table. This also helps them develop self-esteem through self-awareness and a positive self-image.
Pre-Math aids in developing their cognitive skills. Two-year-olds learn important math skills from their play and routines. They show symbolic thinking with pretend play, and much more. To enrich and develop their skills, we offer activities that encourage problem solving such as sorting objects into groups, patterns and counting. Sorting shapes, and completing puzzles with eight pieces or less helps them understand more about shapes and sizes and what fits and what doesn’t.
Gross Motor Skills are the large muscle groups needed to allow children the chance to play on the big playground where they can kick balls, run, jump and practice doing an obstacle course. Beginning to stand on one foot and catching a large ball also improves their gross motor skills because it teaches them balance.
Self-Help Skills Children begin learning to become independent on their own such as washing their hands, putting on their coat and picking up after themselves. Through these simple tasks, children are learning how to be self-confident and build their self-esteem as well. This can also be done at home by letting them do chores around the house such as putting their plates in the sink, and throwing away their trash themselves.
Toddler’s are very creative in finding different ways to have fun while still trying to balance themselves. We focus on language development, hands on/sensory activities, self-help skills, music, and gross motor development to help them grow and learn while also creating a fun and safe environment.
Language Development is an important part of our program. Reading books throughout the day provides children with the opportunity to become more familiar with words and begin to associate them with pictures. Songs, finger plays and flashcards provide more chances for children to take an active role in expanding their vocabulary. It is important for kids to develop language skills to be able to relate with their parents and peers.
Hands on Activities/Sensory provide children the opportunity to learn how to problem-solve, compare textures, and work on their fine motor skills. Some of the activities that we provide include cooking, finger-painting and playing in the sand/ water table. These activities help stimulate the child’s senses such as touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Our sensory table help facilitate exploration and naturally encourage the children to use scientific processes while they play, create and investigate.
Gross Motor Skills-We provide the children the opportunity to use their gross motor skill (aka large muscles) assisting them with walking and climbing and, using push toys around obstacles. Activities as such enable children to perform every day functions more efficiently.
Self-Help Skills– At this age, we begin the process of helping children learn how to feed, dress, wash and use the restroom by themselves. We play an important role because the foundation for self-help tasks are laid during the toddler years, but it’s our duty to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help them begin learning to do things for themselves.
Infants are so fascinated by the environment around them. With that in mind, we strive daily to give them a safe and fun environment where they can learn and play. We work on early memory skills as well as many other activities that help them grow and be the best they can be.
Language Development makes early attempts at speaking. It helps learn to understand a variety of words by listening, observing, and engaging/ We use sounds and gestures to express needs, wants, and interests towards the children, it helps them to understand us.
Hands on Activities/Sensory provide children the opportunity to learn how to problem-solve, compare textures, and work on their fine motor skills. Some of the activities that we provide include finger-painting and playing in the sand/water table. These activities help stimulate the child’s senses such as touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing.
Gross Motor Skills-We provide the children the opportunity to use their gross motor skill (aka large muscles) assisting them with walking and climbing and, using push toys around obstacles. Infants increase their gross motor skills by crawling around and over objects and pulling to stand while holding onto furniture. Activities as such enable children to perform every day functions more efficiently.
Social Skills- Infants form an attachment to familiar adults. We talk to each of the infants and we ask them questions and that helps them get familiar to us. They are also beginning to interact with other children by rolling the balls to and from each other. Infants also express some emotions through sounds, facial expressions, and movements.
Play and Learn at Herndon (Dulles Corner)
2355 Dulles Corner Blvd # 110 Herndon, VA 20171
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