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Mariners Church Preschool

5001 Newport Coast Drive
Irvine, CA 92603

(949) 854-7030


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Mariners Church Preschool we believe in preserving the experience of childhood as we plant the seeds of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is important that each child grows and develops at his/her individual level. Our school provides a safe, clean and secure environment supervised by caring adults. Our program offers concrete experiences which involve early learning skills in math, language, science, art, music, and large muscle development. In addition, invaluable learning takes place through social experiences and dramatic play which encourage problem-solving, creative thinking and cooperation.

We believe in a solid spiritual foundation. This is done through Bible stories, songs, verses, fingerplays, prayer and Chapel time. Children will learn that they are special and that God loves them.

Within each classroom, children are divided into small groups with each teacher having his/her own group. Often the groups combine for learning experiences, and at other times, meet individually. These groupings are dependent upon the child's age and individual development in order that each child may experience success.

The staff is composed of professional people trained in Early Childhood Education. The staff also participates in various organizations and on-going training to benefit the education of children. We are members of the Association of Christian Schools International and attend several of their conferences throughout the year.

Parents are an integral part of Mariners Church Preschool and may participate as volunteers. Please stop by the office to get a volunteer checklist which includes meeting with the director and a TB test result, prior to volunteering. We have an “open door” visitation policy. Parents are asked, however, to check in at the office so that “visitor” tags can be given. This alerts the staff that the visitor has permission to be on the premises. Working together, we can be a positive influence on your children and reinforce values. We emphasize parent/staff communication and respect parents as the principal influence in the young child's life"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7-8am Open Play
8-9am interest centers
Diapering / wash up
9-9:20am prayer / Snack
9:20-10:15am activities of the day
10:15-11:00am outdoor gross motor play
11:00-11:30am wash up / prayer / lunch
11:30-12:00pm clean up / diapering / prepare for nap
12:00-12:15pm lullabies
12:15-2:15pm nap time
2:15-2:45pm waking up / diapering
2:45-3:00pm prayer / snack
3:00-3:30pm interest centers (manipulatives, library, legos)
3:30-3:45pm small group time with teachers (language, math, science)
3:45-4:30pm outside gross motor play
4:30-5:00pm diapering / circle time (songs, stories)
5:00-5:15pm prayer / mini snack
5:15-5:30pm review of the day
5:30-6:00 pm open play / free choice

7-7:30am - breakfast for early arrivals in clownfish room
7:30-8am - good morning in swordfish room
8-9am interest centers
9-9:20am diapering / wash up prayer / snack
9:20-9:45am large group / circle time
9:45-10:15am small group activities
10:15-11am outdoor gross motor play (open ended play & games)
11-11:20am wash hands and face prepare for lunch
11:20-12:00pm prayer / lunch / diapering
12:00-12:15pm soft music / prepare for nap
12:15-2:15pm nap time
2:15-3:00pm diapering / interest centers (blocks, puzzles, pretend play, library)
3:00-3:20pm prayer / Snack
3:20-3:45pm small group / math & science
3:45-4:30pm outdoor gross motor play
4:30-5:00pm diapering / circle time (songs, stories)
5:00-5:15pm prayer / mini snack
5:15-5:30pm review of the day
5:30-6:00 pm open play / free choice

sea turtles/sea lions/sea horses
7:00-8:15am - good morning in the sea turtles room
8:15-9:00am - interest centers
9:00-9:45am outdoor gross motor play (open ended play, games, other activities)
9:45-11:00am pep (mon & tues) / science (wed & thurs)
11:00-11:30am set up lunches / potty / diapering / wash up
11:30-12:00pm prayer / lunch / wash up
12:00-12:15pm lights off / soft music / quiet time
12:15-2:15pm nap time
2:15-2:30pm lights on / diapering / potty / wash up
2:30-2:45pm prayer / snack
2:45-3:30pm outdoor gross motor play (open ended play, games, other activities)
3:30-4:00pm potty / diapering / wash up
4:00-4:45pm puppet stories, flannel board stories
4:45-5:30pm interest centers (choices: blocks, puzzles, pretend play, library, legos, manipulatives) / small groups (outside or Middle room)
5:30-5:45pm music & movement (open-ended and following directions)
5:45-6:00pm middle room

7:00-7:30am Good Morning in the sea turtles Room
7:30-9:05am interest centers in classroom
9:05-9:15am Clean up
9:15-9:30am prayer & snack
9:30-9:45am large group time
9:45-10:15am potty & small groups
10:15-11:00am outdoor play
11:00-11:15am wash up / make beds / set up lunches
11:15-11:45am prayer & lunch
11:45-12:15am clean up / potty
12:15-2:15pm nap time
2:15-2:45pm interest centers in classroom
2:45-3:00pm clean up
3:00-3:30pm potty / small groups
3:30-4:15pm outdoor play
4:15-4:30pm clean up / potty / wash up
4:30-5:00pm story time
5:00-5:15pm prayer & snack
5:15-5:30pm music (mon/tues/fri) / science (wed/thurs)
5:30-6:00pm interest centers in classroom

7-8am Good Morning in the sea turtles Room
8-8:15am good morning in dolphins room & room set up
8:15-9:15am interest centers in classroom
9:15-9:30am p.e.p. (mon & tues) / prayer & snack
9:30-9:50am large group time
9:50-10:15am small group / potty
10:15-11am outdoor play
11-11:20am small groups
11:20-11:30am clean up / make beds / wash up / set up lunches
11:30-12:15pm prayer & Lunch
12:15-2:15pm nap time
2:15-2:30pm wake up / potty / wash up
2:30-3:15pm science / art / weekly reader / free choice
3:15-3:30pm prayer & snack
3:30-4:30pm outdoor play
4:30-4:45pm potty / wash up
4:45-5:30pm story time / manipulatives
5:30-6pm closing room with interest centers in otters room


8:30-9:30am Interest Centers
9:30-9:45am circle time - Bible & calendar
9:45-10:15am wash-up / Prayer / snack / potty / diapers
10:15-11:00am activities
11:00-11:15am small groups
11:15-12:00pm outdoor play
12:00-12:15pm pick up time


8:30-9:30am Interest Centers
9:30-10:00am large group - Bible & calendar
10:00-10:20am wash-up / Prayer / snack / potty
10:20-10:45am small group activities
10:45-11:15am circle time
11:15-12:00pm outdoor play
12:00-12:15pm pick up time


8:30-9:40am Interest Centers
9:40-10:00am large group - Bible & calendar
10:00-10:20am wash-up / Prayer / snack / potty
10:20-10:50am small group activities
10:50-11:15am circle time
11:15-12:00pm outdoor play
12:00-12:15pm pick up time

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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