is the name of our preschool program, and it is designed for children who are 3, 4, or 5 years of age. Katydid’s Farm School is a preschool program established to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can grow emotionally, socially and intellectually through developmentally appropriate experiences. Children will get a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of a working farm in a safe, enjoyable atmosphere. They will have the opportunity to observe the farm and its natural surroundings while enhancing their fine and gross motor skills. Morning classes at Farm School are from 9:00 to 11:45 AM. Afternoon classes are from 12:30 to 3:15 PM. Classes are two, three, four or five days per week. Children should be three by September 30 of the year enrolled. Children must be potty trained to attend. Registration information can be found here.
Farm School preschool classes are held in the old Floris Schoolhouse at Frying Pan Park/Kidwell Farm, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171.
This program is offered through Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and administered by Katydid, Inc. Children’s Programs. Jennifer Vannoy is the Preschool Director. Kate Plummer is the Executive Director of Katydid, Inc. This preschool is licensed by Virginia’s Department of Social Services (VDSS). Click here for more information about our licensing.
Philosophy & Focus
The Farm School program recognizes children as unique individuals who deserve the right to be treated equally with fair and consistent limits. We believe children learn best through play. Therefore, children are provided with hands-on activities that enhance learning and promote independence. By fostering children’s natural curiosity and creativity, a positive self-image develops. The children are taught to protect and respect their environment through outdoor and farm activities while they develop appreciation and awareness of history and nature.
The class day includes a circle time with songs, weather, and calendar. Thematic units about nature, farm and seasonal topics are integrated along with activities that develop fine and gross motor skills. Free play at several ‘learning’ centers and time outside (weather permitting) are also incorporated along with nutritious snacks.
Our program is not affiliated with any religious organizations.