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Palisades Lutheran Preschool

15905 W. Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

(310) 459-3425


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We believe in a balanced learning approach. We incorporate religious curriculum, academic curriculum, and socialization in a manner that is nurturing, loving and supportive.

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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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
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 After School extra curricular programs offered: Soccer PlayBall Art Cooking Phonics - once a year reading program for Pre-K

From the Director:

We believe young minds nurtured in Christ become adult minds rooted in Christ. We believe that children learn best through a balanced approach. Through teacher and child directed activities we help each child achieve academic success.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers partner with the parents in helping children who are behind, excelling or different. Short individual parent conferences are available on a daily basis if necessary. Teachers have become well trained in filling out forms for IEP's and early intervention. Teachers know of a vast number of kindergartens to recommend for all types of students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Share Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through informal and formal instruction.

A Typical Day

8:00 - 9:00 Early Bird Drop Off
9:00 - 9:15 Table Time (Free choice table activities)
9:15 Monday & Tuesday Chapel
9:30 Welcome Carpet Time - calendar, music, story
9:45 - 10:00 Bathroom transitions
10:00 Snack
10:00 Begin Recess

Each class has a different schedule after recess. The younger children focus on socialization skills while the prekindergarten class focuses on more academic skills.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive a welcome packet before the first day of school.

Parents receive a monthly newsletter highlighting school wide activities and curriculum.

Before the first day of school we have a Welcome day, and each month we have a fun activity that parents, relatives, & siblings are invited to attend based on the monthly theme.

The Parent Association conducts monthly group parent meetings to address the needs of the current group of students.

Individual conferences are available at any time during the year. Formal parent teacher conferences are held in the fall and the spring for the younger students. Pre-Kindergarten conferences are held in the spring.

Throughout the the year various parent education classes are offered.

The first Friday of every month we have a Parents Night Out where the children are supervised by a group of church youth and church volunteers to give parents a much needed break and time to reconnect with each other.

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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first year of preschool parents are encouraged to do what feels right to them at separation time. They are welcome to stay and slowly, over a period of time transition out of the classroom.