Learning is FUN!

This program is designed for preschoolers.

Children in this age group continue developing their social skills through cooperative and dramatic play. The children learn to work together in small groups. They establish and follow classroom rules. They learn about science and math concepts as they compare, classify, and experiment. Children explore and make discoveries within their environment. Teachers serve as facilitators in concept development and expanding language skills. Language and literature play a major role in this theme-based curriculum. Children are introduced to narratives through storytelling, flannel board stories, big books, and puppets. These activities also play an important role in fostering friendships and helping children resolve conflicts. Teachers provide a rich variety of new vocabulary related to changing classroom themes. Enrichment experiences include music, art, Spanish, and fitness and wellness education.

Our Teachers

 

Abby Perry

Abby Perry

Abby is in her third year as the Grizzly lead teacher and is a passionate teacher who has a positive, hands-on approach with children in the classroom. More>

 

Ellie Smeallie

Ellie Smeallie

Ellie returns to the Grizzly team this year for her second year at CDS.  She received her Masters Degree in Education and Technology, with a focus on Early Childhood Education, from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. More>

 

Meryl Kahn

Meryl Kahn

Meryl Kahn, avid UVA sports fan, returns to Charlottesville Day School for her eighth year as a preschool teaching assistant. Meryl, Abby and Ellie make a dynamic team! More>

 

Spanish

Spanish

Foreign language learning in preschool and the elementary grades improves listening abilities, memory function, creativity, and critical thinking skills. All preschool students at CDS are exposed to Spanish language and culture through art, singing songs, playing active games and reading stories. Preschoolers learn basic Spanish vocabulary and also learn familiar expressions. The CDS foreign language curriculum in preschool integrates speaking, listening, and cultural activities. The CDS foreign language program complements classroom instruction with coordinating themes in math, science, social studies, and language arts.

Music

Music

CDS students are exposed to a challenging and joyful music program. Beginning in preschool and extending through middle school, students sing, dance, play instruments, read simple rhythmic notation and learn to use Solfege with hand signs. Students are given numerous opportunities to perform through Whole School Circles and theater productions. The CDS Preschool Music Program is a gateway to teach students the joy of learning and expand interests in mathematics, reading, and even social studies.