At Washington Street Preschool we strive to make the childhood journey full of wonder and joy by providing a variety of experiences. We are diligent in our efforts to provide a high quality half-day program and offer meaningful enrichment activities.
We were proud to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities, such as our Science Seed program, Opal Music Studio’s Young Musicians program, and our much-loved springtime Hatch-a-Chick unit. Inviting enrichment programs to Washington Street Preschool, such as Gwendolyn the sheep who visits us from Three Bags Wool Farm in Purcellville and Arts on the Horizon children’s theatre company, are all vital to the high quality early childhood experience we strive to offer.
The Frogs and Owls take regular chaperoned walking field trips to the Barrett Branch Library on Queen Street. Other walking field trips in Old Town are incorporated whenever possible in order to enhance our theme units. Early exposure to a new language is another opportunity our students have at Washington Street Preschool. Each class level receives Spanish language instruction from our very own in-house language instructor twice a month (this was suspended in the younger classes during the pandemic but we hope to reinstate in the 2021-2022 school year). Students also participate in music, singing, and playing instruments regularly in the classroom, as well as with a qualified music instructor monthly. We are proud to offer additional science instruction taught by a qualified science teacher to our students on a monthly basis.
To support spiritual growth, the preschool holds Chapel on a monthly basis. Chapel consists of age appropriate stories, songs, and prayer. Additionally, our preschool participates in a variety of outreach and ministry programs, such as Thanksgiving Food collections, Christmas Giving Programs and much more.
Another way in which we provide enrichment to our half day program is by offering an extended day option to our older students. The preschool’s Lunch Bunch program is particularly helpful to children who will begin Kindergarten the following fall as it allows students to experience a slightly longer day. In addition, they have the opportunity for more peer interaction over lunch, which is a big developmental step for young children. Open ended play, outdoor playtime as well as a variety of activities unique to the program round out the Lunch Bunch experience.