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Chaparral Christian Pre-School and Kindergarten

6451 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Phone:
(480) 991-6440

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children love to play. We believe God created them this way. We feel play, both directed and undirected, is a critical component of learning. Play helps children learn new concepts and problem-solving skills in a natural, fun way. Through preschool play, cognitive development is nurtured and enhanced. Play also plays a large part in enhancing children’s school readiness. We believe it is up to our teachers to offer the ideas, equipment, environment and guidance which allow children to learn and explore. Additionally, we feel children progress at an individual pace and it is our staff’s responsibility to design activities to foster individual development.

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
  • labels, signs, reading stories, storytelling, discussion of books, rhyming activities, letter awareness, silly word play
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • shapes, order, numbers,comparing, counting, pattern games. building, cooking,measuring activities,
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
  • Year round gardening, flower beds, science stations
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music class once a week, daily music and movement in each classroom, Thanksgiving program, Christmas program, Mother's Day program
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art Walk Night in February
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
  • P.E. class once a week
Other subjects taught Monthly Extended Day Themes: Gymnastics, Gardening, Music and Drama, Cooking, Art Masterpiece, Team Sports, Science and Math, Water Play

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers adapt lessons to students by giving more time when needed, changing the activity by making it more complicated or easier when need or helping a student who may be frustrated. When a student has mastered a skill, teachers will encourage student to try something new or more difficult. All children are loved for exactly who they are and our teachers embrace differences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children love to play. We believe God created them this way. We feel play, both directed and undirected, is a critical component of learning. Play helps children learn new concepts and problem-solving skills in a natural, fun way.

Through preschool play, cognitive development is nurtured and enhanced. Play also plays a large part in enhancing children’s school readiness. We believe it is up to our teachers to offer the ideas, equipment, environment and guidance which allow children to learn and explore.

Additionally, we feel children progress at an individual pace and it is our staff’s responsibility to design activities to foster individual development.

A Typical Day

A Typical Preschool Day Includes…
- Gathering Time
- Circle Time-Story Concept Introduction, Large Group Activities
- Learning Centers, Child-directed, Teacher supported developmentally appropriate activities
- Playground Time– Large Motor and Creative Expression
- Music and Movement
- P.E. and Music classes weekly
- “Scriptures Bites:- Bible Lesson, Music, Drama
- Monthly Chapel Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are a happy school family. Parents see the teachers and director almost every day the child is in class because parents are required to drop off in the classroom and sign in with the director. Staff and families work together to put on seasonal programs, mission projects and parties. The staff communicates through e-mail, website, notes, newsletters and student info files.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety can be a very normal part of the first few weeks of school. We find that giving those students with separation anxiety extra nurturing and love and not prolonging the parent's departure works best to smooth this transition.