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Desert Christian Schools

44662 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 948-5071


Desert Christian Schools' preschool, The Learning Tree, is for children 18 months to 5 years old. Everyday experiences include age appropriate activities that meet the unique growth and developmental needs of each child academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Our full day program provides snacks and lunch. A half day Nursery School program is available for three and four year olds.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

A school program for children that includes social, language, and motor development, coupled with a variety of enrichment experiences.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

More Information

  • 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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS The Bible is the basis for the spiritual emphasis curriculum. Its character building truths are presented through an exciting curriculum developed especially for preschools by the Association of Christian Schools International. The curriculum helps each child develop Christian character. Application to life is an integral part of the material. Eighteen character qualities are effectively and systematically presented using Scriptures. Bible stories, dramas, and object lessons provide a graphic way for children to learn the meaning of Christian character qualities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each teacher meets the child's needs right where they are at providing them activities to challenge social, emotional, and physical development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Desert Christian Schools provides a Christian education experience for children, youth and adults in the Antelope Valley. Physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual needs are met through a variety of learning opportunities. As a result of our ministry, individuals will develop a God-centered world view with the ability to apply biblical principles to everday decisions."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

A DAY AT THE LEARNING TREE (3-5-Year-Olds' Daily Schedule)
The daily schedule is a general overview of the many activities children experience at the Learning Tree. Our goal is to provide a balanced program of opportunities and learning experiences for each child.
Approximate Times
5:45 a.m. First teacher arrives and sets up room and interest centers, sets breakfast table for those children who have breakfast at school.
6:00 School opens - children begin arriving, parents sign in their child.
6:00-9:00 Children arrive and choose activities from various interest centers.
8:00 Second teacher arrives, assists in greeting children, and sets up additional centers and crafts.
8:50 Clean up - everyone helps.
9:00 Circle - stories, music, movement, finger plays, songs, marching, rhythm bands, sharing, and spiritual emphasis.
10:00 Nutrition - fresh fruit, raw vegetables, crackers and juice. Variations will be made to accommodate curriculum emphasis and birthday parties.
10:30-11:00 Outdoor free play including climbing, running, swinging, sandbox, hammering, painting, clay, wheel toys, drama, water play (weather permitting), and ball activities, etc. Schedules will vary as rooms rotate for outdoor play.
11:00 Third teacher arrives.
11:15 Toileting and wash for lunch. Prayer.
11:30 LUNCH - hands and faces wiped as children leave table for nap.
12:00-12:30 p.m. Begin naptime. Four-year-old classes go outside for organized game time, then in for nap. Teachers pat children's backs and play soft music. Fourth teacher arrives.
2:30-3:00 Begin wake up and toileting, mats and blankets put away, shoes on and tied.
3:00 Nutrition - fruit, vegetables, crackers, and juice or milk. Different from morning nutrition.
3:20-5:15 Free play, inside and out. Paint, clay, water, wheel toys, dolls and blocks are always available. Children usually begin to go home after 3:30. Teachers may have story circles and craft inside or outside during this time depending on children's needs, desires and the weather. Outdoor play is on a rotating schedule.
5:15 One teacher along with a few children put away any materials and equipment left out.
5:30 One teacher leaves as long as attendance is under 12.
5:30-6:00 Last children have special stories and materials used only during this time of day.
6:00 p.m. School closes. Last teacher leaves room and materials in order.

From arrival to departure children are involved in a well-organized program interacting with peers and teachers.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Learning Tree publishes a general newsletter which is e-mailed home monthly and is also posted on RenWeb. It includes curriculum and spiritual emphasis for each week, as well as announcements about upcoming programs and special events.
Teachers also send home a weekly classroom specific newsletter and are available to parents with any questions, needs, or concerns.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We are sensivite to the separation of parent and child and can accommodate a shortened schedule based on their needs. Classrooms are staffed appropriately to meet any child's need for individual attention.