Mat Man







We believe in a child-centered, emergent approach to curriculum planning.

Curriculum is everything that happens during our time together with the children. This includes transitions, clean-up, play experiences at various interest centers, interactions with peers and teachers, daily routines of self-care such as putting on coats for outside, playground explorations, as well as large and small group times. Each day is filled with opportunities for discovery, wonder, problem solving and social interactions.

Observation is the Heart of Child-Centered Curriculum;

  • Teachers observe children as they play, paying close attention to recurring themes, children’s understandings and misunderstandings, developmental issues, children’s frustrations and underlying questions.
  • Teachers use their observations to plan experiences to further children’s understanding, thinking, exploration, discovery, knowledge and skills.
  • Teacher’s written curriculum plans document the children’s involvement with materials, relationships, questions and discoveries.
  • Teachers prepare the environment as the basis for learning opportunities. Center activities are prepared with the children’s interests in mind. Centers invite discovery and exploration and “spark” curiosity. The environment is orderly, warm and inviting.
  • Teachers prepare the schedule of each day to provide for long stretches of uninterrupted play in which children can pursue their passions, and developmental themes.
  • Teachers consider relationships to be central. Teachers emphasize relationship-building and collaboration among children and between teachers and children. Teachers work in teams in each suite to plan appropriate curriculum. An open and warm interactive relationship with families is fostered.
  • Teachers document children’s progress through a variety of means including anecdotal notes, portfolios of children’s work, photos of children’s play experiences and documentation of discussions and conversations. These are used to help children reflect on their play and thinking, to aid in the assessment process and to represent classroom life to parents.

In our 3 year old classes we use a program called Mat Man from the Learning Without Tears curriculum.  It is a progressive program that we use all year to teach children how the letters are formed.   We start using it in October and we continue Mat Man on a regular basis during circle time.  Later in the winter and spring, we begin to practice writing our letters using a variety of materials.

This program then leads into our Learning Without Tears curriculum that we use in our 4 year old classes/pre-k classes.  They begin to practice writing skills using a LWT workbook and have a letter of the week they work on each week.

Vienna Baptist Children’s Center uses The Creative Curriculum for Infants Toddlers and Twos and The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers. These Curriculums are based on a firm foundation of research and support developmentally appropriate practice. The approach to planning is child-centered and emergent. The theories and practices set forth in the Creative Curriculums correlate with the required criteria for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The material contained in these volumes provides the framework and guidelines teachers use in planning and implementing the learning experiences for children in VBCC classrooms.

Conscious Discipline® is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline® has been specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children. Conscious Discipline® is a way or organizing schools and classrooms around the concept of a School Family. Each member of the family—both adult and child—learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others.  Conscious Discipline equips educators to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation so they spend less time policing behavior and more time teaching vital life skills.  


School News


for 2023-2024 School Year

We are excited for our upcoming 2023-2024 school year which begins in September.  We started our registration process in January.  We still have a few spots left in some of our age groups.  Please email or call 703-281-2021 for more information and to schedule a tour.  

Important Dates

September 5 and 6: Open House for children and parents; teachers will email invitations late August/early September
September 7 and 8: First Day of School 9:30-11:30
September 9: VBC/VBCC kick off picnic from 4-6 on the playground
September 10: September tuition due
September 11-15: School Hours 9:30-12:30 with lunch
September 18: Regular School Hours Begin: 9:30-1:30
September 25: FCPS Teacher Workday, No School
October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, No School
Oct. 24 and 25: Individual Student Picture Day
Oct. 10 – Nov. 17: VBCC Parent-Teacher Fall Conferences during School

Vienna Baptist Children’s Center

541 Marshall Road, SW | Vienna, VA 22180
phone: 703-281-2021 | email:

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