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Creative Class

Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool

Preschool Curriculum


Our preschool curriculum is based on learning through play, meeting each child at his or her level, developing self esteem and instilling a positive attitude toward school.

Lessons include:

  • Literacy: Story time, speaking and listening skills, building vocabulary, rhyming, alliteration, letter recognition, phonics, sight words, pre-reading skills, print and book awareness.

  • Math skills: Number sense, counting, comparisons, computation using manipulatives, concepts of time, measurement, temperature, weight, length, geometric shapes, sorting, graphing and patterning.

  • Art activities: Painting, watercolors, finger paints, play dough, learning to use safety scissors, coloring and markers.

  • Dramatic play: Home living corner, dress-up clothes, workshop and puppets.

  • Science: Plants, animals, weather, seasonal changes, nature walks, making predictions and drawing conclusions.

  • Music: Singing, finger plays, musical instruments, rhythm, scale and handbells.

  • Large motor skills: Outdoor play, tumbling, parachute play, bean bags, scooters and balance beam.

  • Small motor skills: Many different types of blocks, legos, gears, manipulatives, light table, play dough, sand table, beginning hand writing skills, correct pencil grip, tracing letters and learning to write letters.

Preschool Philosophy

CPCP bases its goals on the following values and assumptions:

  • Each individual is important and unique.

  • Each individual should have the freedom to develop naturally and to their full potential.

  • Each individual should progress toward independence and self-direction.

  • Each individual should have the opportunity to develop curiosity and expand their knowledge.

  • The scientific study of child development provides important information for devising appropriate learning experiences.

  • People should relate in caring ways to each other.

Preschool Goals

Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool is a developmental preschool. Our primary goal is to work on the total development of each child.  The program is designed to provide opportunities which will enable and encourage the child to develop in the following areas:

  • Skills in expressing ideas and communicating with others.

  • A growing body of knowledge of the world.

  • A growing fund of democratic attitudes, appreciations and values.

  • Appreciation and understanding of self, family, community and world.

  • Skills and pleasure in creative, expressive and physical activities.

  • Socialization skills, and a position as a functioning member of a group.

  • Independence and self-direction.

  • An interest and joy in learning.

  • Responsibility for self, for others and to others.

  • A caring and considerate attitude toward others, and respect for others.

Enrichmen Programs

Enrichment Programs

Each year the preschool plans field trips for the children as enrichment to their preschool experience.  Some examples of the common field trips we may attend are:

  • Cox Farms

  • Christmas Concert at a local High School

  • Hidden Pond Nature Center

  • Frying Pan Park

  • Burke Nursery


In addition, we have enrichment programs for the children provided at the preschool throughout the school year.  Examples of some programs we have provided in the past are:

  • Music

  • Fairfax County Fire Prevention

  • Reptiles program

  • Dentist

  • Creative Movement

  • Storyteller

  • Police Department

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