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Ray of Light Christian Preschool

800 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 963-6105


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Christian-based early childhood education programs for 3's, 4's and Pre-k.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our Christian-based curriculum is designed to encourage self-discovery at the developmental level of each child. A relaxed, yet purposeful atmosphere is maintained so that learning will be a continuous and positive experience. We believe that young children learn best when they are given access to a multitude of experiences and activities. Our Christian staff is dedicated to the whole child entrusted in their care.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Gardening, Weekly Spanish lessons, Weekly Science lessons, and Chapel days

From the Director:

All of our programs exceed the Early Learning Standards set by the Arizona Department of Education and are developmentally appropriate to each child's stage of development. Pre-K learning units are expanded, with emphasis on kindergarten readiness skills, interactive hands-on activities and self-selected activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers work with children who are "behind, excelling, or different" from other students by providing individualized instruction as much as neccesary for each child's development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Committed to raising up knowledgeable and powerful children to meet the challenges of this world, while knowing true strength through the LOVE OF JESUS.

A Typical Day


9:00-9:10 Greeting/Health Checks/Attendance
9:10-9:25 Circle/Group Time
9:25-10:10 Free Play/Centers/Art
10:10-10:15 Clean-up
10:15-10:40 Outdoor Play Time
10:40-11:05 Potty/Handwashing/Snack Time-family style
11:05-11:40 Free Play/Centers/Art
11:40-11:45 Clean-up
11:45-12:00 Circle/Group Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A few of the ways that we communicate with parents is daily (face to face) , open house, orientation at the beginning of the school year, monthly newsletters, weekly student reports, parent/teacher conferences, classroom parent helpers, and an open door policy at our preschool.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

It may be difficult for your child to separate from you initially. Your child may cry, cling to you, and even try to run out of the classroom or throw a tantrum. This is a normal part of development and can be expected. Please know that our teachers are loving, dedicated and have dealt with this behavior and situations before. From past experiences, we have found that children will usually cease these behaviors when the parent is out of sight. We know that this is just as hard on mom and dad! If you have concerns, please speak with your child's teacher and/or preschool director.