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Fair Oaks Preschool

301 North Orange Grove
Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 229-9957


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At Fair Oaks Preschool we make the statement that play is children's 'work.' This statement is in response to the common adult perception of play as an activity with less value than that of work. We believe play is the activity by which children learn and develop. The teaching staff at Fair Oaks Preschool have solid understanding of play and its relationship to learning, one of the primary goals of our program is to sustain and enhance the play activity of our children.

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
  • Labeling in the Classroom
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • Magnets, funnels, scale, sorting
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

From the Director:

The Center's curriculum follows developmentally appropriate practices and is carefully planned by the teaching staff. Classrooms are set up in Learning Centers. These Centers are designed to encourage physical skills, cognitive learning, problem solving and independence. The daily schedule includes art, music, science, math concepts, storytelling, dramatic play and physical play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Fair Oaks Preschool program is child centered, reflecting the interests of each child in the classroom. The program is play oriented to capitalize on the child's interest and encourages active learning to develop curiosity, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Each child has an opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace in a safe and secure environment. There is an emphasis on language development, cognition and motor coordination.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have 2 parent-teacher conferences a year, daily notes, emails, newsletters, parent orientation, parent workshops, and a family BBQ.

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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The parent and child are encourage to visit the Center prior to their child's start date. The Lead Teacher in the child's new classroom will contact the family to arrange the transition visit. The Lead Teacher works with the families on different strategies to enable their child to be successful in this process. Of course, parent's may also call the Center to inquire about their child and parent's are always welcome at the Center.