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Friendship Pre School

1140 Oakcrest Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone:
(858) 792-7894
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A cooperative, parent participatory pre school in Encinitas, California. Our program strives to provide developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities to help your child experience the world with wonder and to establish the framework for a lifelong love of learning. Parents are guided toward helping to balance the social, emotional, physical and academic growth of each child, and to encourage each child to explore and discover his or her individual gifts. This affordable program offers the parents of three and four year olds a unique opportunity to actively participate in their child's preschool experience. Parents assist the teacher in the presentation of classroom activities in a fun and nurturing environment. Activities include art, music, story time, games, imaginative play, and kindergarten readiness skills. Parents must participate a minimum of twice a month. There are optional monthly field trips and NO fundraising. Classes are offered Tuesday - Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Students can attend two days per week (either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday) or four days per week (Tuesday - Friday).

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

My personal teaching philosophy and methods of instruction in and out of the classroom stem from a sincere and strong belief that each child is a unique individual, with gifts and talents that need to be uncovered, revealed, and nurtured with loving guidance. Along with parents, who hold the initial and ultimate responsibility and honor, the teacher's role is one of searching with the child to discover those talents and abilities unique to him or her. By providing guidance and instruction, stimulating activities, and challenging, appropriate materials, it is the teacher's job to know what threshold is needed for learning to occur and confidence to continue to grow. I have high expectation for children, and through fun, instructional teaching techniques and my personal, engaging and participatory style, I take pride and real enjoyment from seeing the "light bulb go off" in a child's mind. With curiosity increased, hopefully their love of learning becomes a life-long journey for them.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teacher/student ratio is very low due to small class size and two parents in addition to the teacher. This provides many opportunities for small group activities and individualized attention. Children are challenged at their individual level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

This program offers the parents of three and four year olds a unique opportunity to gain information regarding parenting skills and early childhood development by actively participating in their child�s preschool experience. Parents assist the teacher in the presentation of classroom activities in a fun and nurturing environment. Activities include art, music, story time, games, imaginative play, and kindergarten readiness skills. (excerpted from school website)

A Typical Day

8:30 Arrival and welcome (children's free choice of activity.)

9:00 Circle Time - Morning greetings, introduce working parents, talking time, story and songs.

9:30 Activity Time - Children visit each parent's specific kindergarten readiness activity, game, or craft. All classroom materials and activities are available (dress up area, painting, puzzles, manipulative, arts & crafts, and board games.)

11:00 Lunch and outdoor play - Water tables, play-dough, climbing structure, sandbox

12:30 Circle Time, sharing, and quiet reading time.

1:30 Parent Pickup

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Friendship Pre School Cooperative, Parent Participation preschool is a unique program in which parents actively participate and are required to work in the classroom, attend monthly field trips,and parent education meeetings.

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on