'PPNS strives to give each child affection and acceptance so that he or she may develop emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially. Our philosophy encapsulates a developmental rather than academic approach to learning. Stories and symbols of the Christian faith will be included as part of the program. Our aim is to show the wonder of God in our world and to share our faith in God in a simple way appropriate to the young Preschool-aged child.' -- Extracted from the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Preschool website
Our six classrooms are divided into two groups. In September the older children, from the three oldest classrooms, begin their day in The Outdoor Classroom while the three younger classrooms are integrating into school. In February we switch allowing the older children to experience more of a "Kindergarten Day" with two circle times while the younger children are integrated and ready to begin they day outside. In total, the children spend half their day outside on either their individual classrooms patios or in The Outdoor Classroom. Once inside their rooms the children experience circle time, share time, art , an organic snack provided by the school, and lunch they have brought from home. They break up their inside time with a free flow of activities onto their individual patios.