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La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten

2276 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009

(760) 436-2797


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We encourage creativity and self expression, foster a positive attitude toward one's self and others, promote language skills and communication abilities, stimulate interest in mathematics, science and the arts, promote health, physical growth and motor development, encourage self-discipline and acceptance of reasonable limits, strengthen home-school relationships. (Excerpted from website)

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
  • Manipulatives
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 Optional Enrichment Classes: Classes are offered on a weekly basis for a nominal additional charge and are available to all students. Available activities may include Spanish, fitness, music, dance, reading and woodworking among others. These classes are taught by professionals in their specific area of expertise. (excerpted from website)

From the Director:

Early Literacy Curriculum: We are committed to, and incorporate, early literacy education in all aspects of our curriculum. Phonological and phonemic awareness relate to individual sounds and the ability to hear and distinguish small and large sound units. The knowledge of how letters represent and correspond to different sounds is phonics. Success with phonics depends on success with phonemic awareness. All of these skills are necessary for young children to build a strong foundation for reading and spelling success. We know, and research tells us too, academic performance throughout the school years is directly related to reading proficiency. Our commitment to early literacy education means we incorporate phonological , phonemic and phonic awareness in our curriculum at age and developmentally appropriate levels. Our early literacy based curriculum features art, music, science, language, dramatic play and the development of pre-reading, reading and pre-math and math skills, physical education, computer education and more. Activities allow for accomplishment, challenge and enjoyment. Early Readers Club: Our early reader academic club provides children demonstrating advanced reading readiness the opportunity to enhance and develop their reading skills under the guidance of inspiring leaders. Members meet weekly. (excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe the foundation for learning includes the total development of the child. We see to provide instruction which is age appropriate and meets the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of each child. Our programs are carefully designed to enlarge the child's repertoire of knowledge and skill, increase self-confidence and to promote curiosity and initiative.

Our mission is to provide a nurturing, safe, enriching environment for children as we seek to foster their inborn sense of wonder as they explore, create, make friends and conquer the many academic tasks before them.

Excerpted from brochure

Home-School Connection

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