welcome toOur Classrooms
is a staple in our preschool classrooms. Through a variety of activities and nurturing guidance, the children are free to explore and create under the gentle support of our wonderful teachers and aides. Starting at age 2 through Kindergarten, we have a preschool classroom perfect for your budding explorer.
at a glace
At FB Meekins, we have 5 wonderful classroom options for you to choose from. An extended day program offered on Wednesdays gives our oldest students the opportunity to stay at Meekins until 3:15.
The Kindergarten class is a 3-day a week after-school program from 12:30-3:15pm that follows a developmentally appropriate curriculum and complies with the Fairfax County POS. During the day, the kindergarten class meets and plays closely with the Reds, Mon-Fri.
As part of the co-operative experience, you get to be part of your child’s classroom experience. You participate in the day-to-day activities of your child’s classroom and school, assisting the teacher and hallway aides. It is a wonderful chance to see your child in a classroom setting and see how they interact with their peers.
** Toilet Training is not a requirement for admittance to any of our classes. **
beyond the classroom
At Meekins, we strive to enrich your child’s education through meaningful and engaging activities, including field trips, the arts, and nature exploration. Each of these components play a vital role in their day-to-day experience at our school.
Field trips are a vital component your preschooler’s experience at Meekins. The Greens, Blues, Reds, and Kindergarten classes go on field trips. Field trips increase a child’s interest in his community, and greatly add to his imagination, vocabulary and overall learning. Field trips open up the world to your child. Children learn that there are adults who do all sorts of important jobs. They learn that there are other adults besides their parents and teachers who truly care about their well being and educational experiences. They see other adults who truly enjoy being with them. Experiences are then integrated into classroom themes so that children can explore and experiment with the things they have seen and done. The use of props and materials in the classroom enhance the dramatic play through which they learn to apply new concepts. Adults engage children in discussions about the people they have met and the service they provide to the community. Field trips are not only those in which the children travel, they also involve in-house visitors, events and special displays.
One to two times a month, our art education teacher visits the Blues and Reds, and Kindergarten classes. Each month, the children are exposed to a different artist and a different genre. The genres that the children are exposed to are: portrait, self-portrait, still life, photography, sculpture and landscape. After the introductory lesson, the children dabble with different media using the artist and genre as a frame of reference. The culminating activity is a guided and hands-on tour of the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. In addition, art is practiced daily in each of the classes as the children paint, draw and sculpt; cut, paste and assemble; and often find new and imaginative ways to express themselves through their creations.
Once a week, each class is visited by our music specialist who brings the world of music and movement to your preschooler. The class allows your child to enjoy and explore at his/her own pace and interest. Music/movement can be easily enjoyed by the observer or the participant. Each child brings his/her own experiences to the class and takes what is important and meaningful from the particular session.
Weekly themes are central to Meekins curriculum, Each week we focus on a new theme, changing and adapting to the interests of the children. Some of these themes we use include: restaurant, transportation, architecture, veterinarians and animals, farm and farm markets, reptiles, insects, hair salon, dinosaurs, ocean life, post office, gardening, health and safety, nutrition, puppet theater, woodworking, holiday themes from the different cultures represented at our school, and more!
FB Meekins is a cooperative preschool in which parents play an integral role in their child's classroom experience and in the operation of the school. The result is a tight-knit community of teachers, parents and families working together to create a fun, safe, and nurturing environment in which our children can learn and grow.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
FB Meekins Cooperative Preschool admits any student of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at this school. Meekins does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, hiring of employees, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.