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Play-Based Learning

The Parish Day School uses the philosophy and strategies in STREAMin3 Curriculum to allow children to reach their age appropriate milestones. The goals and objectives of the curriculum  promote Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language development through teacher-directed and child-centered activities. This curriculum helps children grow and learn at their own pace through a warm indoor/outdoor environment.


Research shows that children learn best through play and hands on activities. Each room will have activity centers such as: Art, Writing, Blocks and Creative Building, Science, Math, Dramatic Play, Library and Technology.


These are all part of Virginia's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) and Birth-Five Learning Guidelines. Our teachers explore a variety of activities that help our children Relate, Regulate, Move, Think, and Communicate

An Average Day

  • Chapel

  • Small group activities

  • Large group activities

  • Playground

  • Snack (provided)

  • Resource: Music Movement,
    Godly Play (4-year-olds)

  • STEAM and Inquiry Activities (science, nature)

  • Hands-on activities (e.g. cooking)

Four Ways We Help Your Child Develop

Social/Emotional Development
  • Knowing oneself and relating to other people- both children and adults.

  • Following rules and routines, respecting others, and taking initiative.

  • Showing empathy and getting along in the world, for example by sharing and taking turns.

Physical Development
  • Achieving gross motor control – moving the large muscles in the body. Gross motor control includes balance and stability, etc.

  • Achieving fine motor control – using and coordinating the small muscles in the hands and wrists with dexterity.

Cognitive Development
  • Learning and problem solving- being purposeful about acquiring and using information, resource and materials;

  • Thinking logically – gathering and making sense of information by comparing, contrasting, sorting, classifying, counting, measuring, and recognizing patterns.

  • Representing and thinking symbolically – using objects in a unique way, for instance, a cup to represent a telephone. Representation and symbols free children from the world of literal meanings and allow them to use materials and their imagination to explore abstract ideas.

Language Development
  • Listening and speaking – using spoken language to communicate with others, expressing oneself.

  • Reading and writing – making sense of written language, understanding the purpose of print and how it works.

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