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First Presbyterian Preschool

2001 S. El Camino Real
Oceanside, CA 92054

(760) 757-5120


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The program is designed to support a child's play with structured activities where learning takes place. Each child develops at different paces and each child's development is respected. Children learn best by interacting with others and their surrounding environment.

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
  • Environment is rich in print throughout the rooms to support letter recognition
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • sorting, classifying and charting
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Outdoor garden
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Program offered only during Fall and Spring
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 An outdoor garden is available to children for extended experiences with the outdoors, planting and plant life cycle.

From the Director:

Special Activities and Events Children attend Chapel once a month. A music program is offered during the fall and spring October - Father and Child Evening, School Photos, Costume Parade December - Family Christmas Sing-Along February - Mrs. Noah's Ark - live animal presentation on campus May - Mothers' Day Celebration, Family Fun Day, Literature Comes Alive

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff meets the Child Development requirements under the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Staff attends annual training and workshops throughout the year. Staff maintains portfolios on each child to support presented curriculum and assist children in their individual development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Purpose And Goal

Our purpose is to serve the needs of young children and those responsible for their growth within a Christian setting. The first five years are the most formative ones in your child's entire development. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of children's developmental differences. We encourage your child to explore, to ask questions, to be creative and to make choices and decisions. We offer an environment in which your child feel secure to practice social skills and to learn to solve conflicts constructively.

Our goal is to help your child develop competency and self worth. The school offers an atmosphere where your child:

- May come to know God as a creator and friend.
- May learn more about her/himself.
- May discover the world about her/him.
- May develop a life lasting joy in learning through discovery.
- May learn to get along with others.
- May grow mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically.
- May grow cognitively through reading and writing readiness activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

With the use of individual portfolios, on each child, teachers communicate the child's progress. Parent/Teacher conferences are held annually and more often based on the needs of the parents or teacher to better serve an individual child.
A parent orientation is held in September. Families needing support services for their child is referred to outside support services.

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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Three year old children attend their first day of school with a parent(s) so that their first experience is shared. This allows a concrete experience for a child to converse about. Consistency and repetition help children trust that Mom and Dad will pick them up.