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La Jolla Presbyterian Church Preschool

7715 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 454-2677


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Ours is a PRE-SCHOOL. We have consistently sought to make it more than a nursery or child-care center, and at the same time resisting any inclination to become too much like a kindergarten. Preparation for kindergarten is an intergral part of all classes, especially the 4-5 year old groups. The keynote of our work with children is DISCOVERY. It is our desire to begin with each child where his/her interests lie and to create the kind of environment which encourages and stimulates DISCOVERY. From a child-development point of view, we know that there are three basic interests for the preschool child: His/Her: FAMILY, WORLD, SELF. When the child comes to us he is full of his family and speaks of it freely. By beginning with this interest, we desire to extend his feeling of "family" to the children he meets at prschool and then to God, who created the family so that love, understanding, and responsibility might be shared. The provision for DISCOVERY in this area is made through learning about family and through all the relationships which a child experiences within a guided program. The child is also full of her world when she comes to us. The child has seen police officers, fire fighters, and other workers in the community. By beginning with this interest, we hope to lead the child into a DISCOVERY of service with love as her motive. Her interest in the world also extends to such things as nature, growth, and seasons...the provisions, which God has made for all of life. When the child comes to preschool he is interested in defining himself/herself as a person- distinct from others. The child is learning what is mine and yours. He learning how I am like you or how you are different from me. He is learning that all good relationships are made possible by respect for the other individual who is a person also. Each new DISCOVERY in this area presents us with the possibility of interpreting growth and relationships in terms of what God intends the child to be. Our work with a child in each of these areas is based upon the conviction that we should not deprive the child of going to the raw materials and making the DISCOVERY for himself/herself. Paint, clay, large pieces of paper, large crayons, scrap lumber, collage materials, glue and paste are available to use freely. Musical instruments provide an opportunity to experiment with sound and rhythm. Magnets, magnifying glasses, locks and keys, shells, rocks, seeds and other treasures stimulate the child's inquisitiveness. Any guidance given is to enhance her efforts. By basing our work on the possibility of DISCOVERY, we believe the child will be able to view life as an increasing possibility for openness to God. (excerpted from brochure)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To offer a program of Christ centered, child oriented Christian nurturing in a church environment.

(excerpted from brochure)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Knowing that the school merely supplements the home life of our children, a close relationship with parents is encouraged in hope that home and school may benefit from cooperation, planning and understanding. Regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences are planned to meet this goal.

Parent orientation meetings are held in the fall. Attendance at these meetings is required by at least one parent of each child.

At the time of registration, parents sign an agreement to attend parent meetings and parent-teacher conferences. These meetings are designed to present pertinent information in the education and development of young children and to provide opportunities for parent-teacher communication and fellowship. The dates, time and topics will be announced later.

Open House in the fall and "My Special Night with Mom and Dad" in the spring provide special opportunities for parents to share their child's preschool experience.

Parents are asked to bring a nutritious snack once every month during the school year. Planning these snacks with your child can be a learning experience.

There are many other ways parents may volunteer to help the school, which include: helping with field trips, the library, and in the office. Parents may, also, serve on the Preschool Advisory Council and other committees.

(excerpted from brochure)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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