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Harbor Trinity Pre-School

1230 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 556-4335


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission at Harbor Trinity Preschool is to nurture and assist students and their families in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ and to inspire them to make Him known to others.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 – 9:00 Meet & Greet / Free Flow Activities
During this time the children are taking part in various free-time activities. Children can choose from dramatic play center, building center, reading center, easel painting, computers, cut and color center, math center, science center or the sensory center where they can manipulate with items such as playdough. If weather permits, an outside playtime may be provided after 7:45am and the children can enjoy our playground.

9:00 – 9:15 Group Time
During this time the following concepts are covered:
• Calendar: Month, Day, Year, Number of Day
• Helpers: Choose line leader, flag leader, etc.
• Roll call: Greet all who are here take roll
• Political Science: Each week we will introduce a new fact about our country
• Pledges: American Flag, Christian Flag & the Bible

9:15 – 9:35 Academic Time
Each class will study concepts according to their level of learning. From colors, numbers and shapes to phonics and reading small words. Our Pre-kindergarten students will be utilizing the Self Pronouncing Alphabet and Abeka curriculum materials for learning.

9:35 – 9:45 Snack Time

9:45 – 10:15 Outside Activities
During outside time the children have the opportunity to further develop motor and social skills at different activity centers on our playground such as the water table, dance area, painting and woodworking station, etc.

10:15 – 10:45 Bible Time
With the use of flannelgraph and picture books, the students will explore the Bible story of the week and a Bible Verse. Once a week the students will go to chapel to sing praises and hear more about the story with the entire school.

10:45 – 11:00 Story & Discuss Time
A story based on the weekly unit of study may be read and a discussion of the subject may follow.

11:00 – 11:30 Arts & Crafts / Science
During the week each class will have done 3 art projects, most will be relating to the unit of study for the week (i.e. clouds for winter study), the letter of the week, or to our Bible Story. On alternate days, the class will cook a special food or explore a science activity together.

11:30 – 11:45 Perceptual Motor Development / Music Appreciation
This is a time when a fun outdoor or indoor game is planned that utilizes the large motor skills, such as “duck, duck goose”, an obstacle course, walking the balance beam or relay races. On alternate days, we have a variety of musical activities to choose from including the use of musical instruments.

11:45 – 12:00 Language Development / Writing Concepts
During this time students will be given the opportunity to share something they brought from home, often times the teacher will request something to be brought which relates to the weekly unit of study or the Bible story. Alternately, students will explore concepts such as opposites, rhyming, matching, differences, math, language and will be given opportunities to use their writing skills.

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch / Outside Activities
The children eat lunch in their classrooms. On occasion we picnic outside in the yard or on the patio. Following lunch, outside play and free-time activities will be offered.

12:45 – 2:30 Story Time / Nap Time
Students who leave at 1:00 will have story time or have extended outside play activity as they wait for their parent to arrive for pick up. Full time students nap in the “Crain Chapel.” Soft relaxing music is played while the teachers rub backs and help the children rest.

2:30 – 3:15 Wake Up / Snack Time
Children begin waking at 2:30p.m. After everyone is awake, all shoes are on and everyone has used the bathroom, we have snack time and then it is time to exert some energy on the playground!

3:15 – 5:30 Outside & Inside Free Flow
Students will enjoy outside playtime until about 4:45 after which we will return to the classrooms to play in the centers while the parents are picking up their children. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website