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Cornerstone Preschool

5004 Lewis Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Phone:
(818) 991-5439

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our programs incorporate a healthy balance of developmental play & learning coupled with the necessary academic foundation for Kindergarten readiness.

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 Our core day begins at 9:00. Classroom routines allow for children to have multi sensory experiences throughout the day. Teacher-led and child inititated activities within a spacious classroom setting fill the daily routine and monthly curriculums. Music, Creative movement, academic introduction, science, cooking, literature (reading program), and our character counts program are all part of the embedded curriculum. Handwriting without Tears is our pre-printing curriculum and Mathematics Their Way is our math curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teacher/child ratios allow for children to experience large group activities, small group activities and independent learning. All teachers are passionate about their classrooms and children. Children are given tangible experiences using a wide variety of materials so that associations can be made and learning can take place!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cornerstone was established on the premise that Early Childhood Education should be a healthy balance between developmental and academic readiness. Creative learning and hands on age-appropriate materials allow for children to be engaged and enthusiastic about learning. This school was founded by an Early Childhood Educator with over 20 years experience.

A Typical Day

Our core day begins at 9:00 (AM care offered at 7:30). Children are greeted with a morning activity in addition to the class environment being open for exploration and play. This is the transition time from home to school. Circle time follows in all classrooms and age appropriate learning and materials support the various age groups and programs. Outside playtime follows and then a morning snack. Our "core" learning time is when letters, numbers, concepts, science, cooking, library, music etc. all take place. The curriculum supports each programs ages and abilities. We offer half day and extended day programs. For those children staying extended day, we offer a quiet rest time followed by a transition into PM care. We are open until 5:30 PM.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication between school and home is most important. Teachers have direct communication with the parents and the owner/director is available at all times. We have an open door policy that allows for you to come to the school for any reason at anytime.
We have Parent/Teacher conferences that allow us the time and space to discuss your child's growth and development. Our Parents Association (CPPA) is a support organization for parents so that they can be involved in their child's preschool experience. A Room Parent Program, Community Programs and school events are all a part of us building a sense of community within our school.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We want the transition from home to school to be a healthy one. Each child is unique and therefore each seperation is unique. NEVER does a child sit and cry. We may call the parents back so that the transition time is less and less and /or we may ask a parent to wait a few minutes before heading out after drop off. We encourage our families to call us during the day to check in when morning drop off poses challenges for them or their little ones. Together, we are building trust!