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The Children's Company - Southwestern College

1470 East H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

(619) 421-9244


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children are learning every minute of the day. Experiences, whether at home or at school, become their education. We provide activities which are natural to children but will, at the same time, encourage their growth and development. Good schools don't just happen. They take careful planning, skill, and knowledge. Early education experiences leave long lasting impressions. They set the "stage" for a child's attitude toward school and learning.

The Whole Child Concept
Our school provides each child with personal growth opportunities, a rich and secure learning environment and a chance to develop a variety of warm and meaningful human relationships. We offer a planner program of educational development and creative activities employing the whole child . . . physical, emotional, intellectual and social.

One of the main objectives of our school is to help each child learn to feel good about himself (self-esteem). We will help each child to better understand his feelings and behavior, to realistically view his abilities, to control certain aspects of his environment, to be supportive when friends need support, and to gain meaning and enjoyment in life through relationships with persons from all backgrounds. This is a place to learn about oneself, about others, and about the world. The highest priority in this leaning is what the child learns about himself.

Initiative and self-motivation are more attainable when the curriculum is determined by the child and her interests. Our staff will be responsible for expanding the curriculum by asking pertinent questions, supplying materials, information, and guidance. Many children depend too much on suggestions from adults on "what to do." One of our main goals is to develop self-initiated learning, so crucial in the lifelong process of education. This is promoted when the child is allowed to explore within the enriched environment of the center. When a child is allowed to function at her own pace, many of the negative responses in the school decrease. Without interruptions, the child's ability for prolonged concentration is reinforced and completion of tasks valued.

Individuality and Creativity
It is our goal that children maintain as much spontaneity in language, art and movement (all means of communication) as possible. Each individual child is respected for his unique abilities and talents.

Independence and Competence
Independence is highly valued. Each child will be expected to do everything for him/herself that they have the ability to do. . . pour juice, serve food, bathrooming and help with clean up in the rooms and in the play yard. Through such experiences, each child comes to view him/herself as a competent person in the world in which they live.

We want each child to enjoy his time at school and to feel that school is a good place to be while his/her parents pursue their own interests and endeavors. We are concerned with helping parents with the sometimes difficult job of parenthood, and are available to discuss ways that together we can help your child develop to his or her fullest potential.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:30 - Center opens - Independent activities.
8:30 - Breakfast.
8:50 - Planning Time - We begin with a short Circle Time where children discuss with the teacher the day's activities and how they plan to spend their time.
9:00 - Work Time - Children will be given the opportunity to do their activity inside or outside at tables. Children participate in learning centers and planned activities of their choice. The interest centers include: house area, math and science area, creative art area, block area and manipulative area.
9:50 - Recall Time. Children discuss with their teachers the activities they participated in and what they accomplished.
10:00 - Small Group Time. The children divide into smaller groups for individually planned group times which include reading readiness, language development, math readiness, and social-emotional development.
10:15 - Outside activities.
11:15 - Circle Time, which includes songs and fingerplays as children wash up for lunch.
11:30 - Lunch. Lunch is served family-style with children helping to set the table. The children pass the serving dishes and serve themselves (with guidance). Children and teachers take advantage of this social time to discuss the day’s activities and concepts of food and nutrition. The children help to clean the tables, then use the bathroom and wash hands and faces before rest time.
12:00 - Resting Time - Teachers play soft music and rub the children’s backs to help them relax and settle down.
2:15 - Afternoon Snack
2:30 - Inside/Outside Play - This time will include motor development and art activities.
3:00 - Outdoor Play
4:15 - Circle Time which consists of stories, music, creative movement, or flannel board stories.
4:30 - Small Group Time - The children divide into smaller groups for individually planned group times, which include reading readiness, language development, math readiness, and social-emotional development.
4:45 - The balance of the afternoon is spent in comfortably paced planned activities such as care of pets, music, creative movement, block play, puzzles, and art activities until each individual child is picked up.
6:00 - Center closed.
Excerpted from the preschool's website