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St. Andrew's Preschool

890 Balour Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 753-5636


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We also have specific times for our structured activities. For example, circle time always precedes free play which flows into music and movement time.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
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 time (twice per month) -- we accompany the children to chapel where the pastor of the church plays the guitar, sings with the children, and reads age appropriate bible stories.

From the Director:

We believe children learn best through play within a structured child-centered environment. While we encourage academics, our focus is on social & emotional growth and development in a communication-rich atmosphere. We teach and nurture the total child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

There are enough teachers to always spend extra time with children who need it. They also encourage peer interaction and help.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to foster developmentally appropriate physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual growth in the young children we teach. We address the needs of our families and children by providing resources and experiences that help them feel competent in our world. We nurture the child's self-esteem and growth through the appreciation for their uniqueness and that they are loved by God.

A Typical Day

We start our day with opening circle, then we have open classroom time to make choices and take opportunities to try new things, followed by music, snack time, a calendar/reading time, then finally outside time. A very structured day of learning, playing and joyful noises.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have monthly newsletters, open communication time, parent education classes, parent coffees (quarterly), and scheduled conference times. In addition to our annual open house, we offer pot-lucks twice a year and a family Christmas Sing-a-Long.

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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to give the child a big hug, then hand the child over to our welcoming and nurturing arms and laps!