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Beth Am Preschool of Pressman Academy

1055 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

(310) 652-7354


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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

'If we want children to be successful learners, we have to teach them to think for themselves, to solve problems, and to get along with others. We must all understand the value of play and its role in helping the children acquire the abilities that will ensure future academic success. Play, and the social interaction that occurs through play, is your child's prime educator. We place great emphasis on developing pro-social behavior among the children. With the assistance of the teacher, children learn to resolve their conflicts verbally, share toys and materials, help others in need, and respect the rights of others. Helping children experience a sense of self-esteem, one of the main factors influencing future success, is a very important goal of our school. We want the children to feel proud of their heritage, stand up for their rights, and demonstrate increasing independence. As your child develops physical skills, he/she becomes more coordinated, masters his/her environment, and develops a better self concept. Many activities are provided to enhance and refine gross and fine motor skills. Blocks, climbing equipment, tricycles, slides, painting, playdough, and cutting are some of the activities that help children develop physically. Cognitively we want your child to acquire learning and problem solving skills and expand logical thinking skills so that he/she can classify objects, recall sequences, and recognize patterns and repeat them. We are constantly expanding verbal communication skills. Some children in the Pre-k classes will develop beginning reading and writing skills. The goal of the ECC's program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to meet the individual needs of its students. A strong commitment is made to respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each child.' -- Extracted from the Pressman Academy Early Childhood Center website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

'We use a developmental approach to learning; our instruction considers the student's developmental level. Our goal is to find a level that challenges our students, but does not intimidate or bore them. Teaching in this way produces children who are confident in their ability to learn. We also promote individual learning. Though children develop in certain predictable ways, all children are unique. All students have their own strengths and weaknesses. The ECC tries to respect and meet these individual needs. We believe that cooperative learning promotes social skills and independent thinking. When students work together in groups they learn to compare ideas, to consider other points of view, and to take turns leading and following. Finally, learning is an active process. Children learn best when they can explore a subject through many different venues. We pride ourselves in providing a learning environment replete with the tools to create experiential learning' -- Extracted from the Pressman Academy Early Childhood Center website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school