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St. George's Preschool

808 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Phone:
(818) 790-3842
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We are located in the foothills north of Glendale and west of Pasadena. Surrounding areas include La Crescenta, Montrose and Altadena.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our children learn through play and instruction focusing on social/emotional development, small and large motor skills and cognitive skills. Many choices are available in each area of development with an organized story/music time and snack time daily. Our older children participate in a physical movement education program which includes tumbling, balance, ball skills and more. All of NEW - our children will participate in a special music program with the use of instruments and props at no extra charge.

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
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
  • 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 Children also learn about colors, shapes, senses, body awareness as well as seasons. Other topics of interest include; dinosaurs, space, farm, community helpers, sea life and transportation to name a few. NEW this year an amazing weekly music program with musical intruments and props.

From the Director:

Our well trained staff provides a creative and exciting curriculum designed to enhance all areas of development. Each child is encouraged to develop at their own pace. Each child's progress is monitored and shared with the parent throughout the school year through daily contact, conferences and email.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Extremely dedicated teachers provide appropriate environments to meet the needs of each child in a loving and non-threatening atmosphere giving extra attention when needed.
Optional speech/language screening is provided once a year for all ages by a licensed speech pathologist.
Eye screening is provided once a year for our older children by a non-profit organization.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. George's Preschool was established in 1969. The purpose of the school is to provide a half-day program for children ages' 2.9 years through age five. The staff creates a positive environment that encourages each child to develop a healthy self-concept and social community. St. George's Preschool provides a warm and nuturing atmosphere in which emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth takes place. Within appropriate boundries, individual choice is encouraged to allow all children to participate actively and learn about the world around them.
It is our desire to help parents build a supportive community amongst themselves as well. We foster this by having coffee and snacks on the patio at drop off time occasionally during the school year as well as a fall family dinner, parent soical and a family play day at school.

A Typical Day

Each morning the children will spend time exploring indoor and outdoor environments that promote creativity, activity, learning and relaxation. Equipment and materials such as; dramatic play scenerios, blocks, floor toys, table toys, play dough, art supplies and tactile tubs, books and more are used to foster confidence and development in all areas of development. Group time is apart of the daily routine with time for stories from children's books, fannel board stories, songs, fingerplays and musical motion.
The school provides daily snacks.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication with parents is encouraged through scheduled parent-teachers conferences, daily conversations at drop off and pick up, through the school newsletter and email tree.
Teachers consider themselves partners with parents in the development of their children.
The parent board arranges for many different activities throughout the year for parents to participate in.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents and children attend an hour orientation in the classroom prior to the start of school with their teachers and classmates. This allows each child to engage in the different classroom activities, locate their cubbie, visit the bathrooms and meet their teachers.
A third teacher is provided in each of the three-year-old classrooms through October to help with transitions and toileting skills.