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Del Mar Hills Nursery School

13692 Mango Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone:
(858) 755-8338

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Give additional insight on the philosophy of your school's approach to learning here.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Describe how teachers work with children who are "behind," "excelling" or "different" from the majority of students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Pre-School Curriculum

Del Mar Hills Nursery School operates on an open plan. This means that during most of the day the Preschool aged children are able to choose where they would like to play, who they would like to play with and in what activity they will engage in. Snack is served at 10:30 am in all areas. All areas are set up with developmentally appropriate materials to encourage Social, Emotional, Creative, Cognitive, Physical and Creative Development in the child. Each day the child has half an hour of music and movement in our Orff Program, with children of similar ages. We feel our open setting contributes to socialization and a feeling of well-being in the child. It gives the child some control over his/her life at the school.

Four year olds are automatically enrolled into a two, three or five times weekly, 60 minute Pre-Kindergarten class. This continues the �progression to structure� policy of Del Mar Hills Nursery School.

With the exception of napping, the afternoons are organized similarly to the mornings. Snack is served at 2:00 pm and is available later for the children who nap. An early evening snack is served to children who are at the school until 6 pm.

After the daylight savings time change, the playground closes at 4:30 pm. The children have a special story, puppet show or game or activity prior to our late snack served at 5:15 pm. Children engage in activities of their choice prior to closing time at 6:00 pm.

Also included in our afternoon program is a Kindergarten class which operates in its own classroom, following a separate schedule.

The curriculum plan reflects the philosophy of the program: to meet the needs of the children as a group and the needs of the individual child. Children are able to direct their course of play and learning experiences through different areas that offer a wide variety of choices. The children may explore The Froebel Play Room, the Art Studio and the Outside Learning Areas. The role of the teacher is to facilitate, actively listen to each child and then guide the learning process. Activities are set up in each area twice daily. Child accessible materials are changed weekly. There is a scheduled music lesson given daily to each child.

Excerpted from website.

A Typical Day

7:00 am School opens for the day
The Art Studio is available for children to make individual choices

8:00 am Children may make individual choices in the Art Studio, Froebel Play Room or in the Outdoor Learning Areas

8:45 am Morning singing time for all children and the parents who wish to stay

9:00 am Small group time for each age group
Lion Group (2 1/2 - 3 year olds)
Bear Group (3 - 3 1/2 year olds)
Giraffe Group (3 1/2 - 4 year olds
First Pre-Kindergarten group in session, self-service snack during group time

9:15 am Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for children, mixed ages
First Pre-K group still in session

9:30 am Age-determined Orff/Music and Movement Group meets
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages
First Pre-K Group still in session

10:00 am Age-determined Orff/Music and Movement Group meets
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages
Second Pre-Kindergarten group in session, self-service snack during group time

10:30 am Age-determined Orff/Music and Movement Group meets
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages
Snack served for preschool children in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and Outdoor Learning Areas
Second Pre-K Group still in session

11:00 am Age-determined Orff/Music and Movement Group meets
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages
Third Pre-Kindergarten group in session, self-service snack during group time

11:30 am Age-determined Orff/Music and Movement Group meets
Third Pre-K Group still in session
Kindergarten begins with circle time in Art Studio
Small groups meet for each age group
Pre-K 1 and Pre-K 2 on playground for play

11:45 am Lunch Groups gather and wash hands
Third Pre-K Group finishes group time, then washes hands for lunch

12:00 pm Lunch Time in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room, Outdoor Learning Areas, and Orff Room Kindergarten playground time

12:15 pm Kindergarten in session

12:30 pm Nap Time for sleepers in Orff Room
Rest Time for resters in the Froebel Play Room
Kindergarten in session

1:00 pm Nap Time continues for sleepers in the Orff Room
Kindergarten in session
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages

2:00 pm Nap Time continues for sleepers in the Orff Room
Kindergarten in session
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages
Snack for Preschool and Kindergarten children; Nappers eat upon waking

3:00 pm Nap Time is over
Kindergarten Orff session in Orff Room
Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for other children, mixed ages

4:00 pm Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for children, mixed ages

5:00 pm Open choices in Art Studio, Froebel Play Room and in Outdoor Learning Areas for children, mixed ages

5:15 pm Late snack available

6:00 pm School closes for the day
(excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please describe the ways in which you communicate with parents about their child, the school's learning goals, their child's progress, and activities parents can be doing outside of school to foster their child's development.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Please describe how your school handles children with separation anxiety.