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San Jose Christian Preschool

1300 Sheffield Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

Phone:
(408) 371-7741

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SJCP enrolls children 6 weeks to 5 years. Full and Part time programs.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We began San Jose Christian Preschool in Sept. of 2009 and added the Infant Center just this past October, 2013. We are an addition to the existing San Jose Christian School that has been serving JK through 8th since 1959. The entire school is very community orientated. Small enough to know most, and big enough to provide a true educational experience for all of the children and families.

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
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 Bible, Cooking, Soccer for 3 yrs. and up

From the Director:

We believe children can benefit from both free play and teacher led activities. The daily schedule has time for both of these approaches. We keep a small ratio to allow the teacher to observe individual children through out their day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children at this age are still developing in all areas. Because we know that children learn in uniques and different ways, we provide many types of activities. Children that appear to be developing outside the "normal" rate of progression will continue to engage in all the activities as they show interest. If it becomes clear that our program cannot meets the needs of a child, a consultation will occur with the director and parents to discuss options for their child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Family and Community best describe our preschool and the entire campus of Infant Care through 8th grade.

A Typical Day

Outside
Snack
Circle
Centers
Lunch
Nap
PM Enrichment
PE
Soccer
Music
Bible

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school utilizes several methods of communication. Every Monday a school newsletters is distributed to all families. Email is used daily and flyers or memos are used as needed. Phone calls may be used when time is urgent or the director just needs to have a conversation. Conferences may also be called by the director or a parent.

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
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We are very sensitive to the needs of both the child and the parents as they make their way through what can be very difficult for some. We will devise a strategy that will work for both child and parent.