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Redwood Village Children's Center

13150 Maxella Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 306-7815

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Although Redwood is primarily Play based, our teachers are familiar with various educational philosophies and use techniques that are meaningful to each child. The children learn through hands-on play experiences.

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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  • 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 Social skills - our staff regularly focuses on the skills that children need to maneuver and manage their world. Teachers role model conflict resolution and encourage children to work together to come to a mutually respectful solution. Conflict resoluntion and problem solving skills are ongoing at Redwood,

From the Director:

The children at RVCC are exposed to nature everyday. Our school has many trees (Redwoods, Eucalyptus, Pines, Sycamore) The children garden and work with natural materials daily.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is valued for who they are; therefore, each child is presented with tasks that challenge, nurture, and stimulate that child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is founded on honoring a child's innate desire to play and explore the world around them. By providing a safe, nurturing, and play-filled environment, children are free to be scientists and learn in a way that is meaningful to them. Children call this type of learning fun, professionals call it Play Based Learning.

A Typical Day

Children are greeted between 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Parents and children are encouraged to develop a loving good-bye routine.

Circle time at 9:00 a.m. introduces them to the activities of the morning, both indoors and outside. Snacks, transition times, bathroom visits and focused small group activity time are part of the morning routine.

By 11:45, the children have spent time both indoors and outdoors in free play, structured large group circle time, and focused small group activity time. At noon, all teachers and children enjoy lunch together and prepare for quiet time.

Between 1:15-2:45, children rest quietly, read books, or sleep. Resting children rise gently with soft music and the smell of snack being served. Children are invited to snack, followed by time to play and learn in the classroom.

Enrichment class (yoga, playball, gymtastics and kids on stage) are offered in the afternoon for an additional fee for those who wish to join.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The staff host regular parent education evenings and parent teacher conferences. Weekly curriculum summaries,weekly emails, bi-weekly newsletters, community resource referrals and annual portfolios are distributed to families.

The school office is staffed daily to ensure that emails and the school phone are answered. Parents are free to call or stop by to check in on their child at any time. Parents have access to the Director's email and cell phone for all matters.

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Preschool separation is handled on a case by case basis. Our staff is prepared to lovingly reassure and comfort a child (and the parent). Parents and teachers establish a plan to acclimate the child to preschool. The school hosts family playdates and new family picnics prior to start date to help the child, parent and teacher bond.