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Westwood United Methodist Preschool & Parent Toddler Program

10497 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone:
(310) 474-8986

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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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  • 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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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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 Music & science enrichment classes are offered as part of the curriculum. Handwriting Without Tears

From the Director:

Our curriculum goals include: Social/emotional development - developing independence and self-confidence, making friends and being part of a group. Cognitive Development - solving problems, asking questions, thinking logically. Language Development - using words to communicate, listening and participating in conversations, recognizing letters and beginning writing. Physical Development - large and small muscle development.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Goals include
Helping your child to:
Get along with others
Be self confident and respectful
Enjoy learning
Be creative
Make decisions
Do well in school
Develop physical skills
Become enthusiastic learners

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Westwood United Methodist Preschool opened in 1988. It is the philosophy of the school to foster independence of thought, personal worth and responsibility, and a spirit of mutual helpfulness. In keeping with our developmental philosophy, classes and groups are kept small enough so that children can be taught in accordance with their needs and abilities while learning to function effectively and responsibly within a group. All of this is supported by a close and open relationship with parents based on mutual interest in their child. The school welcomes all children regardless of ethnic background, nationality or religion.

A Typical Day

The daily schedule is planned with the following goals in mind: We want your child to feel secure and independent, to be able to move easily and confidently from one activity to another, to provide a variety of learning experiences. A typical day includes: choice time, group meetings, outdoor play, story time, music, snack, and lunch. Classroom learning centers include: Literacy, Math, Discovery, Art, Dramatic Play, and Blocks.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters.
Weekly Curriculum updates for each classroom.
Twice a year parent conferences (or when needed.)
E-mail updates from office or room parents.
Intake meeting and pre visits before your child starts.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

I like to work with each family individually to ease the transition from home to school.

Many children move up from our Parent & Toddler or Toddler & Friends program so they are used to coming here.