During music time every week, the children make interesting discoveries about the many sounds that we can make with our voices, body parts, and musical instruments. The music teacher accompanies songs with playing the guitar and children use rhythm sticks and other instruments. Children learn simple music principles i.e., rhythm, song melodies, etc. This special music time is in addition to daily teacher and child lead songs and music (Spanish & English songs). A few highlights of some of the musical learning activities are: making musical instruments, creating songs, children forming a rhythm band outside on the playground and painting at the easel while listening to music.
We use hands on activities to create and explore a variety of art mediums to learn and discover things through our experiences. Students work with various media including watercolor, papier-mâché, sponges, clay, collage and assemblage pieces. Through art and craft projects, students gain valuable skills, such as: following directions, self expression, creativity, color recognition, shapes, textures, sequencing and fine-motor skills.
Language development flourishes in the early years. We incorporate Spanish immersion, English exposure and experiences.
Our teachers help the children become comfortable with language through individualized interaction, as well as books, songs and daily activities. Children are asked questions about the world around them and stories being read to help their vocabulary flourish. Each child is listened to and interacted with respect and value for their words and thoughts.
American Language is introduced during story times and daily activities to bridge the gap between a child’s ability to understand language and his ability to articulate it. Another benefit with introducing ASL in the early classroom is it builds self-esteem. Since ASL is very visual and often iconic, signs are quickly learned, understood, and used to communicate; offering a strong sense of empowerment.
Our Spanish immersion program is led by bilingual teachers who are native Spanish speakers. Children enjoy the many benefits of early foreign language acquisition. Children learn to understand and speak Spanish by hearing their teachers and peers read stories, sing songs, and discuss such routine activities as eating lunch, going outside and washing hands in Spanish.
Early development of number concepts is critical in developing positive attitudes about mathematics at an early age. Young children need to experience a lot of ‘doing’ and ’saying’ before written numerals will make sense to them. We give children hands-on experience with math concepts through manipulative-based activities.
Pre-Math skills introduced are:
1) One-to-One Correspondence (matching one item to another) – using real objects to count, add and subtract as opposed to rote memorization.
2) Critical Thinking – when children play a guessing game or try to figure out how to manipulate an object they are developing.
3) Problem Solving – figuring out how to make something fit or balance. Children may make puzzles using construction paper and glue the pieces in the correct place and do numerous activities using blocks, legos, peg boards and graphs.
4) Number Recognition – number recognition is enhanced through creating numerals with different mediums. Songs, games, finger-plays and the daily calendar also play a part in understanding the relevance of numbers.
Christian stories, songs and simple prayers like “God is great, God is good and we thank him for our food” are a part of the Christian values based program. The children will learn about the baby Jesus at Christmas, the meaning of Easter (and the many symbols of Easter), the story of St. Patrick spreading Christianity, Noah’s Ark, creation and other stories at an age appropriate level. Bible verses and songs like “Jesus Loves The Little Children” are included in activities.
The ability to learn a language is, they say, part of the “software” we’re born with, running in slightly different ways based on specific data inputs. This “program” is called “universal grammar,” and it explains how children can learn so quickly despite being surrounded by unfamiliar sounds, many of which aren’t even part of language!”
Even in the womb a baby can begin to pick up on the rhythm and cadence of speech—what linguists (and poets) call prosody. As Dr. Yang a linguist who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania suggests, hum a sentence in English and then one in Spanish. There are broad distinctions between the patterns of stress and how long you hold different syllables between these languages. Scientists have proven that even newborns are sensitive enough to these differences to notice when a speaker switches from one language to another. From the get-go, babies use prosody to pull speech out of “the acoustic mess that conceals consonants, vowels, and words”.
If the most critical step of language learning for a child is the process of finding the language—of picking its words and sounds and rhythms out from all the “acoustic mess” around them—then help them find more than one language! This won’t mix them up anymore than playing Radiohead and Rachmaninoff will leave them later incapable of telling rock from classical. The astonishing truth is “children are infinitely better at learning languages than we are”.
It really seems that earlier is better because earlier is easier.
Reference: The Infinite Gift: How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World by Dr. Charles Yang
Children Arrive (greeting and free-play time)
6:30 am - 9:00 am
Circle Time (songs, calendar, weather, and daily overview)
9:00 am - 9:20 am
Educational Games and Activities (language, science, arts, etc)
9:20 am - 10:20 am
10:20 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 10:45 am
Playground or Other Gross-Motor Games or Activities
10:45 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Wash Hands & Brush Teeth
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Read Books, Settle Down
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Nap/Rest Time (varies by age)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Centers and Manipulatives
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Clean Up, Books, Puzzles
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
BBDS III Tuition for all age groups which covers meals, enrichment programs, and material fees. We provide a mid morning snack, nutritious catered lunch, and afternoon snack.
Siblings receive a
up to $260
NOTE: During this pandemic (Covid-19) prices may vary. Please for more information contact the administration
Forms required to start school:
This packet contains all of the registration forms in a single PDF file.
Thank you for your interest in Building Blocks III Day School! We look forward to sharing information with you regarding our progressive Based early childhood programs.
Building Blocks III Day School
Phone: (703) 331-3100
Address: 10706 Vandor Lane
Manassas, VA 20109
The family Building Blocks Day School has more than 14 + years of experience in an early childhood education. Our program includes children from 2 months to 8 years old, by providing a loving atmosphere designed to meet each child’s individual needs.
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