Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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Preschool at Sandy Spring Friends School

Nurturing the Innate Curiosity of Young Minds through Play & Exploration.

Research shows that play is a powerful tool for learning. That's why at Sandy Spring Friends School, play-based learning is woven into the preschool curriculum through fun hands-on activities both in the classroom and outside on our beautiful campus and natural playground. Our exceptional, caring teachers create a welcoming environment for our littlest ones so they can feel safe exploring the world around them while embarking on a lifetime of joyful learning.

"At Sandy Spring Friends School we pair child-initiated inquiry with teacher-supported learning to provide students in our play-based preschool program with the educational foundation they need in order to effectively acquire knowledge. Through play, social interactions, and an immense focus on social-emotional learning, students are able to build skills that promote growth and development, leading to a successful transition into kindergarten and beyond. " Chanelle Broughton
Assistant Head of Lower School, Director of Preschool

Sarah Barton Thomas
Head of Lower School
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Chanelle Broughton
Assistant Head of Lower School and Director of Preschool
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Pam Gilmer, SSFS Lower School Administrative Assistant

Pam Gilmer
Lower School Administrative Assistant
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Play-based learning in action at the SSFS Preschool

Play-Based Learning

Whether outdoors on our natural playground or in the classroom, our preschool offers numerous opportunities for play throughout the day. Play is the child’s emotional, physical, social, and cognitive work. As our preschoolers play, they develop motor skills while exercising, and build social skills while playing and exploring with friends. Cognitively, play allows for the development of language and creative thinking that promotes problem-solving.

preschool academics - offering more than a typical daycare or child care center

School-Ready Through Life Skills

Through our play-based learning model, our preschool program emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth that prepares our preschoolers for kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers are committed to helping each child feel a sense of belonging in the classroom as they foster a passion for lifelong learning, help students develop compassion for others, and allow each child to find their voice and "Let Their Lives Speak."

SSFS preschool students running together on natural playground

Quaker Values

In keeping with our Quaker belief that there is "that of God in everyone," we honor the unique gifts within each child. We focus on every student’s academic, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. By emphasizing the individual strengths of our students, we nurture their sense of self-worth and give them the confidence to take risks within a safe and supportive environment. Additionally, our highly-skilled teachers are trained in a curriculum called Faith & Play™, which introduces the history of Quakerism and the teaching of Quaker values inherent in our educational philosophy through storytelling and play.