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Children's Country House

2821 Santa Rosa Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 798-8083


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We have a wonderful environment both inside and outside. Our yard is large and creative, with many activities as well as an animal program including pony, goat, rabbits, and vegetable garden. Inside we have 15 centers.

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
  • 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 We have a dance teacher who provides a dance class.

From the Director:

Children are allowed to choose activities inside or outside. Teachers facilitate the child's handling of conflicts and enriching the activity through conversation.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children's Country House is dedicated to providing an enriched environment and hands-on education for children 2-5 following the guidelines of noted child psychologists such as Piaget. The school provides an alternative education style for parents of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, providing an anti-bias curriculum that allows children to learn through self-discovery and with respect for different people groups. We also make a strong effort to educate parents about how children learn through play and through active involvement in their environment using age appropriate activities. We teach parents that by using this approach, as opposed to rote learning experience, children will develop self-esteem and self-confidence in their ability to learn and control their actions.

A Typical Day

7:00-9:00 Gathering and general activities
9:00-10:00 Outside activities, feeding animals
10:00-10:30 Rug time, stories, songs, snack
10:30-11:30 Inside choice of centers-curriculum ideas
11:30-12:00 Outside
12:00-3:00 Lunch/nap
3:00-6:30 General activities and snack

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are a small school and have one-on-one talks with parents daily. We post our monthly curriculum structure and activities that are planned. We have several open houses during the year. We meet with parents of 4-year-olds to assess readiness for Kindergarten.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We advise parents to be positive with their child. Parents may stay the first days if needed. Teachers are experienced and provide comfort and activities for the child.