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Carmichael Presbyterian Preschool

5645 Marconi Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

Phone:
(916) 486-9189

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Due to the small class size (10 and 12 children with a teacher and aide = 5 to 1 or 6 to 1 ratio) we are fully capable of providing one on one assistance as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We want to provide an enriched, loving environment where the children feel comfortable.

Our school will stress the joy of living each day and the wonder of each child�??s individuality.

We want to educate the whole child: spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially, by providing the child with successful learning experiences in these areas.

We want to ensure the child�??s future success in other learning situations by helping each child to develop a positive attitude about him/herself and about learning.

We will provide the child with beginning academic experiences in small groups which will progress at the child�??s own pace.

We want to foster a sense of respect in the child for parents, staff, peers, personal belongings and property.

We want to help each child gain a degree of independence so that he/she will be comfortable in our Preschool setting and in other out-of-home environments.

We will stress language development in our program so that each child will be better able to express his/her own thoughts and feelings more easily.

We will incorporate all of the cultures represented in our classroom into our curriculum.

We will help each child accept responsibility for his/her own actions and to understand the consequences of these actions. We will do this by communicating to each child the value of and reasons behind the rules of our school.

We will keep accurate records of each child�??s progress in our program and keep parents informed of their child�??s progress.

We will provide parents with information about our program by parent conferences with staff, parent meetings, parent newsletters, and an open policy which fosters the free exchange of ideas and information.

We will recognize parent�??s rights and be available to listen to any concerns a parent may have.

A Typical Day

The following is a sample of our daily classroom schedule:

9:00 �?? 9:30 Opening Circle
9:30 �?? 10:30 Activity Centers
10:30 �?? 11:00 Toileting and Snack time
11:00 �?? 11:45 Outside Time
11:45 �?? 12:00 Closing Circle

During Activity Centers the children are free to move from room to room, choosing activities they wish to use. Art and music activities are an important part of our program also, and are offered daily. Our regular schedule is flexible to accommodate for special classroom events, small group activities, pastor visits, and monthly fire drills.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Prior to the start of each school year the Preschool hosts a parent orientation night where we discuss the Parent Handbook and opportunities for parents to involve themselves in the preschool experience. The second week of school the teachers host a Back to School night where parents meet with their child's teacher, hear about the teacher's plans for the school year and are encouraged to sign-up for various parent helper opportunities throughout the school year. The preschool publishes a monthly newletter and frequently sends home flyers informing parents of various special events throughout the year. This year (2009) we are launching a brand new Carmichael Presbyterian Preschool website where parents can look at the calendar for the school year, go directly to their child's teacher's page to get information, download and print forms, and communicate with the Director or Teachers. Parent/Teacher conferences are held in May of the school year and as requested/needed in January. The Preschool hosts a Kindergarten information night prior to the enrollment dates for elementary and invites local kindergarten teachers to come and answer parents questions. Portfolios of work done throughout the school year and evaluations of each child are provided to parents in May of each year. Both the Director and the child's teacher are available to meet with parents as needed throughout the school year. Band-aid reports sent home and kept on file. Attention given to special diet and/or allergy needs of each child.

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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We reinforce the concept that mommy/daddy always comes back, invite parents to remain in the classroom or remove themselves to the preschool office where they will be kept apprised of their child's adjustment, endeavor to discover each child's individual interest areas and foster involvement, encourage a modified school day (parent may come back early) and work diligently with each family to ensure that their child feels safe.