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Beverly Glen Playgroup Co-op

10409 Scenario Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90077

(310) 470-0992


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • markers, crayons, large pencils
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting toys
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • many manipulatives
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 We have an underlying focus on socialization. We believe children have many future years for adademnics.

From the Director:

Although we are a developmental preschool, in the child's third year at Playgroup, we do have 'big kids work' for 30 minutes, several days a week. This prepares the children for kindergarten. They will learn all the necessary skills they will need.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Fortunately we have a high ratio of teachers to children so we are able to assist children who are at different areas than the rest of their classmates.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Beverly Glen Playgroup is a non-profit parent co-operative preschool whose purpose is to provide a part-time school program with the best possible supervised play experience for children. Playgroup endorses a developmental approach to learning. We believe that children learn by doing. Our focus is on the process of education versus the end product. It is important to recognize the uniqeness of each child and respect his or her individual rate of development. We believe that a child's play is his or her real work. It is through play that children integrate and understand the world aroudn them. Our program forsters positive self-esteem by promoting master, competence and independence through the many creative activities we provide each day. We hope that as children complete their years at Playgroup, they will realize their full potential as preschoolers. We look forward to the day when they enter Kindergarten with confidence and a positive attitude, eager to take ont he challenges that await them.

A Typical Day

The children come in at 9 AM and play for about 15 to 20 minutes. We then have a morning circle time (conducted by a different teacher every day). We go over our calendar every day and the children have an opportunity to share stories with the talking stick. At 10:40 AM, we clean up and wash hands for snack. After snack, we have a daily music time (again conducted by a different teacher every day) for 30 minutes. Following music time, we go outside for art time. We have two art projects set up everyday. The children are encouraged to do art but not forced. After art, we have Story Time that is conducted by the working parent that day. After story time, we wash hands for lunch time and then the children eat their lunch and are picked up at 12:45 PM. Some children will stay until 2:15 for Extended Day 3 days a week.

Home-School Connection

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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year