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All they do is play?? – Developmental learning and your child

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” -- Fred Rogers Have you ever wondered what your children do at preschool all day? This blog post will tell you about the way we approach learning at TPK. As a bonus [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Jan 12, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, TPK Administrative|

TPK’s Top 5 Preschool Tour Questions

It's preschool registration time! We'll be conducting tours of our school all month, and if you're here in the Fairfax area we invite you to come see our school! Click on this link to learn more about registration. In the meantime, we thought we'd answer a few common questions that are frequently asked on our [...]

By TPK Admin Team| Thu, Jan 4, 2018|Categories: TPK Administrative|

Christmas – When God Came Down

On this 3rd weekend of the Advent Season, we pause again to remember that at Christmas God came to us as Emmanuel – God WITH us.  There is a lovely Christmas carol which says, “Love came down at Christmas…”  That is so true – as Jesus left the beauty of heaven to “come down” to Planet Earth, with [...]

By | Fri, Dec 15, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Promoting Honesty in Your Children

Just recently, I found a necklace in my 9 year old daughter's backpack. It was a cheap and small item - but I knew it didn't belong to her, and she had it anyway. I asked her where it had come from, and her non-answer was: "Uhhhh, ummmm, errrr, I don't really remember, I think maybe, ummmmm..."  [...]

By | Fri, Dec 8, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Advent: A time of waiting and expecting

The 4 weeks leading up to Christmas are called “Advent” – a wonderful time of year, which begins this Sunday with “The First Sunday of Advent.” The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival” – and it’s a special time of waiting, of preparing, of expecting the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent is 4 weeks of [...]

By Coleman Tyler| Fri, Dec 1, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Hands-On Learning with our Kindergarten class

Recently, our Kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about The Eastern Woodland Indians. Then we continued our study back in the classroom. As we studied that many tribes had their own languages, they communicated with signs as well as pictographs on materials found in nature.  The children created their own stories [...]

By Robin Robinson| Wed, Nov 22, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play|

A Thankful Heart

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart I’m glad for what I have That’s an easy way to start For the love that He shares Cause He listens to my prayers That’s why I say thanks every day These lyrics are from the Veggie Tales video Madame Blueberry - and I highly recommend it to [...]

By Tara Frodigh| Tue, Nov 21, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Praying Prayers of Thanksgiving With Children

One of the most wonderful gifts that God has given me -- besides my family and friends, cinnamon, Irish Setters, and the color green -- is a great love for children. I especially love four-year-olds. God gave me a “new crop” of 4’s each fall of my 11 years at TPK.  My love for our great Father [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Nov 17, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Choosing Toys & Games for Your Children

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Mr. Rogers Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide them with a [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Nov 10, 2017|Categories: Play|

More Preschool Books We Love

It’s Literacy Week at TPK! You might have seen our littlest friends parading about the building in costumes - teachers too - and carrying books related to their costumes. So we are taking this opportunity to share with you about books we love and how to help your child find books they will love too. [...]

By | Fri, Nov 3, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy|