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Little Steps Christian Preschool

6551 Soledad Mountain Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 551-7780


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our Program Goals: Encourage the child's awareness of the love of God Develop love and respect for others Help children learn good health habits Stimulate curiosity and creativity Develop a sense of responsibility Foster independent problem solving skills Provide an environment that fosters a sense of security

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
  • 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 Biblical Curriculum

From the Director:

The curriculum provides spiritual and educational guidance to the children. Through creative utilization of all available resources our gifted and extensively trained staff will implement stimulation through a wealth of new experiences to provide opportunities for the growth of the whole child. Our program includes: Bible Stories, Praise Songs and Prayer Weekly Chapel Art/Creative Expression Mathematics Language and Literacy Enrichment Creative Sensory Exploration Science and Nature Exploration Large and Small Motor Development Group Play and Social Interaction Kindergarten Readiness

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers maintain a running record throughout the school year on each child's progress. Using this approach allows teachers to constantly be monitoring children's progress. These standards are updated and shared with the parents quarterly. If a child is found to be "behind", "excelling" or "different" the learning environment is tailored to meet that child's unique needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that God created each child as a special and unique individual. (Genesis 5:2) Each child should have a well balanced early childhood experience that meets their spiritual, social/emotional, physical and cognitive needs. Through a parent/teacher partnership each child can achieve their full potential.

A Typical Day

Children in our preschool are given a multitude of learning opportunities through the day. Some are teacher led (ex circle time) and some are free play in our learning centers. Children spend a minumum of 1 hour a day doing outside exploration. Children pray before each snack/meal. We provide a rest time for full day students.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open house at the beginning of the school year for a one on one contact with teachers and parents. This event gives teachers the opportunities to talk about goals and outcomes that are expected for the year. In mid spring we have an open house to share what students have accomplished over the school year. In our Pre-K program parent teacher meetings are held for a complete review of kindergarten readiness.
We offer several extra curricular activities children can participate in during school hours for a nominal fee.
Wee Dance
Amazing Athletes
Gym Ventures

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom for the first few days. Sometimes an abbreviated schedule also works well in adjustment and transition for children. At parent's request we can arrange a pre-entry meeting with staff to answer questions or concerns.