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La Canada Preschool

4460 Oakwood Avenue
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

(818) 790-2764


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

There is respect for children as to their individual interest. We offer structure, and at the same time the children have the ability to control what activities they participate in.

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
  • Alphabet stamps, student dictations posted
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting items, measuring cups, patterning materials, graphing, recycling
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
  • Once a month music classes: daily singing
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Photographs
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
  • Physical education enrichment class twice a month
Other subjects taught We offer a music enhancement program twice a month, where children are lead by professional musicians in a circle time. There are after school musice lessons for children who are 4 years old. We also offer a physical education program twice a month.

From the Director:

The children are encouraged to participate in activities daily centered around art, music and literature. They have the freedom to choose when they participate, with the exception of a group circle time that lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is treated equally, yet if a child needs extra encouragement, that is given without singling out or overt attention.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in a development philosophy, where each child is valued for their individuality. A sense of wonder and discovery are fostered through a play based environment rich in art, music and literature. Our mission is to give each child a love of learning and school that will carry them over their lifetime.

A Typical Day

9 a.m. till 10 a.m. is free play/art outside. Many stations are set up with sensory activities, small motor, large motor and art activities, along with sand and water play. At 10:00 a.m. we wash hands and have our mini-meal, consisting of two food groups and juice. From 10:30 until 12:00 noon the children rotate in age assigned groups between three teachers for their learning lessons. Here each teacher has a focus, either art, small motor, math, science or alphabet.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Visiting Day, Open House, Family Luncheon, Daily contact from the director, daily contact from teachers, extensive interaction on a consistent basis, and conferences upon request.We are up to date on the local schools and spend time researching what each school offers through visits and conferences with school officials.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is a delicate process, with enough staff to give individual attention to a child who is experiencing separation. We offer the first two days of school as Visiting Days, and allow parents to stay for the entire day. After that ask that parents leave their child with us, and allow for a time to work through separation.