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Woodbury Preschool Village

712 W. Mountain View
Altadena, CA 91001

Phone:
(626) 794-3211

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • open writing center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • science center with math elements
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • We often play music throughout the day.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • open centers for art and outdoor easels
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
  • Dance class
Other subjects taught We work on empathy development and the emotional intelligence of each child through teacher guidance and modeling.

From the Director:

Our process-oriented curriculum looks at each activity as an opportunity to gain higher skill levels for greater competence. A child's self worth is at risk when we forget to allow them to enjoy the process of each activity for learning's sake rather than performance. A strong point that we feel is important to the development of a healthy self-image is that it is okay to fail. Children in our society are very competitive, which impedes generosity, and they get very distraught when they lose. Our curriculum provides a safe learning environment that supports a healthy self-image. In the above area, emerging literacy skills in reading and writing was labeled as 'predominantly teacher-led instruction' because we have a program for phonics that is teacher led. Many of our other activities in this area may be described as 'free play with some structure.'

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Through developmentally appropriate practice, our program provides for a variety of experiences, levels of difficulty, and pacing. Our philosophy is based on the principle that learning should be the result of the actual experience that play is a significant mode of learning, and above all, that school should be a place of joy.

A Typical Day

We offer a well-rounded curriculum in the morning along with fun activities in our extended care program. Our days are structured but not rigid. The children have significant input in how their day may go. The daily schedule includes: Morning snack, Art, Outdoor play, Classroom time, Lunch, Music and Story time, Nap or Quiet time, and Facilitated play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We feel parents are as important as children. We have established parent support group meetings. These meetings are held every other month. Parents have the opportunity to talk about any issues they feel are important. Furthermore, if there are any issues parents would like us to research in preparation for a meeting, we are happy to do so. We also offer guest speakers on certain subjects. We have daily logs to report the day's events as well as a monthly calendar to inform parents of upcoming events.We also provide a kindergarten readiness seminar/parent meeting for those who are interested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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

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

Teachers are available to talk with parents and give special attention to each child as their parent leaves. Parents are welcome to stay and participate in class while their child acclimates to the new environment.