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Bethel Lutheran School (Finch Ave.)

10181 Finch Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 252-8512


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • dance, singing
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 "Chapel services are held every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. Grades 3- year full-time preschool through Fifth participate. Parents are welcomed to stay for chapel." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The nurturing of young children is an essential part of a healthy beginning. At Bethel Lutheran Preschool, we strive to educate, challenge and support children. We believe that children grow in God's love and therefore we teach and model how to talk to God through prayer. Through the teachings of Jesus, our hope is that children will emulate a loving and nonbiased sense of morality. We are an accredited school. The NAEYC has established a statement of 'developmentally appropriate practice.' This body of knowledge represents the early childhood profession's consensus definition of appropriate practices in early childhood programs. This concept is used as the framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and plan the child's experiences. Our attention is focused on the development of 'the whole child.' Equal emphasis is placed on the child's cognitive development, physical abilities, socialization skills, learning patterns and emotional and spiritual framework. Through play children explore the world around them; they try out new ideas and test their skills. Development of language, problem solving skills, cooperation with others, as well as introductions to such cognitive concepts as mathematics/academics are all important by-products of children's play. We are proud of our developmentally appropriate educational system, where children are motivated and excited to learn." Extracted from

A Typical Day

"Sample Full-Time Preschool Schedule 7-8:30 a.m. Indoor Activities 8:30 - 8:55 a.m. Indoor/Outdoor Activities 9 a.m. School Starts with Morning Circle 9:20-9:40 a.m. Small Groups 9:40-10:30 a.m. Outdoor play (Snack served from 9:40-10:15) 10:30-11:25 a.m. Center Activities - Art, Science, Sensory, Math, Blocks, Literacy, Manipulatives and Dramatic Play 11:25-11:30 a.m. Clean-up 11:30-11:50 a.m. Large Group 11:50 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Lunch 12:15-1 p.m. Outdoor Play 1-3 p.m. Rest Time 3-5 p.m. Free Play & Art/Science Activities 5-5:30 p.m. Large Group 5:30-5:45 p.m. Cleanup 5:45-6 p.m. Departure." Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Class Newsletters - Classes publish their own weekly newsletter about current and upcoming events. In an effort to get to know you and your child better, conferences will be scheduled with your child's teacher in early fall. Both parents or persons responsible for the child are expected to attend. Another conference will be scheduled in early spring to discuss your child's growth and progress. At this time four-year-olds will be assessed for placement in Jr. Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the following year. Only children that meet the Kindergarten birthday cutoff will be admitted into Jr. Kindergarten. Children must complete two years of preschool before going on to Kindergarten." Extracted from

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation