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Arcadia Friends Community Church Preschool

5705 Lenore Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 445-7825


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Although academics are an important part of our curriculum, they are not our primary focus. Emphasis is placed on developing the child's positive self-esteem and promoting self-awareness.

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
  • 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 also teach non-denominational Christian concepts.

From the Director:

We offer a warm and loving environment where a child's self-expression is encouraged and developed at age-appropriate intervals.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our school allows each child the freedom to explore and develop his or her individual potential. The staff works together to encourage and enhance growth and development in those children who need additional support.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for pre-schoolers to learn. As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued good self-image while building social skills in a school setting.

Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Work is planned with emphasis on the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition.

Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stage of development and helping them to feel success without pressure.

We value our relationship with the parents in our program and desire to create an atmosphere where open communication is fostered through being available to listen, realizing that parents may gain valuable insights and techniques from the expertise of the staff and at the same time, the staff can learn from the parents. The door of the pre-school is always "open" and your visits are welcomed! Through this, school then becomes a shared experience which hopefully will continue throughout each child's educational process.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer a monthly newsletter which includes parenting tips and program information. Our school has an "Open Door" policy and encourages communication between school and home. Parent information on local events and area schools is available in the office and distributed to those interested. We encourage "One-on-One" communication with parents and staff.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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 encourage parents to come into the classroom and spend a pre-determined amount of time with their child. The parent then notifies the teacher that they are leaving. The teacher will then offer comfort and engage the child in the classroom activities. Parents are encouraged to call is they have concern about how their child is handling the separation.