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1800 E. Mountain Street
Pasadena, CA 91104

(626) 798-0911


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

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Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • 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:

Our School implements a progressive learning system that begins with the two year old children learning through a matching task and advancing to the kindergarten level with a structured, teacher directed curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our children are placed according to their emotional and social level. We feel that they will learn if they are happy socially. We have many levels of teaching even though it may appear to the children that they are all at the same academic level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our name implies child, parent, teacher, a school forming a bond to help your child: 1. To form good habits and healthy attitudes. 2. To develop to the highest potential mentally, physically, and socially, without pressure to help your child feel good about themselves and the world they live in. 3. To achieve a sense of trust, initiative, and integrity. It has been psychologically proven by numerous tests that if a child, by the age of six, has a good solid foundation in all of these areas, your child is more likely to be well-adjusted throughout their life. This school is a product of over 29 years of experience, study, and observation. We feel that young children want and need this type of program. The materials are selected to expose your child to progressive educational steps, warm and understanding teachers, with an education to better your child's individual needs. It is our goal to provide your child with a well rounded program to meet their social, emotional, and academic needs.

A Typical Day

PRE-SCHOOL SCHEDULE TIME ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE AND GOAL 7:30-8:00 ARRIVAL:Each child is greeted by a teacher in the 4 year old classroom. GOAL: Self-esteem; Personal relationships; Social growth. 8:00-8:15 TOILET AND HAND WASHING TIME: This is a time when each child uses the bathroom and washes his or her own hands. A teacher is always present to help and supervise the children if they need or wish help. GOAL: This develops self and health awareness within the child. 8:15-9:00 FREE PLAY: This is a time when a child may wish to play by themselves or with other children of their own choosing, and he or she may participate in as many activities as this time will allow. GOAL: This develops self-expression. The child also develops a responsibility for toys, as in taking care of them and putting them away. 9:00-9:15 MORNING SNACK: Juice and snack is available to each child. Children may help staff with cups, or wiping tables and benches. (age appropriate) GOAL: To provide good nutrition. To teach responsibility, and caring for their neighbor. To learn to share with one another. 9:15-9:30 TOILET AND HAND WASHING TIME: See above 9:30-9:35 FLAG SALUTE GOAL: This teaches children respect for our flag and the wonderful freedom of our country, in which we live in. 9:35-10:00 SONG TIME: Songs, stories, and records are a time when children participate not only in singing, but to have choices on what songs he or she wishes to sing. Finger puppets,large puppets, musical instruments, and other materials are used by the children at this time. GOAL: To develop self-expression with music and games, to follow the directions given by records and songs, such as touch your toes, clap your hands, etc. To be able to lead a group in song with hand movements and materials. 10:00-10:35 CLASS TIME: A group experience. Children become familiar within a group setting. They develop an interest and a joy in learning, build security, and a feeling of success. GOAL: This varies according to the child's individual ability, experience, exposure, and level of development. The ability to make choices, develop skills, further knowledge, solve problems, develop personal relationships, and express feelings. 10:35-10:45 TOILET AND HAND WASHING TIME: See above. 10:45-11:00 FREE PLAY 11:00-11:45 LUNCH TIME: This is a time when each child goes to his or her cubby and gets their backpack. The teacher and class go to the lunch tables together to have a quiet and pleasant eating experience. GOAL: This provides good nutritional guidance and develops proper table manners. 11:45-12:00 TOILET AND HAND WASHING TIME: See above. 12:00-2:20 REST PERIOD: During this time each child lies on his or her own cot. This is a quiet time, an inactive listening time to a quiet record. GOAL: To relax and refuel the senses and the body for their afternoon play time. 2:20-2:50 TOILET AND HAND WASHING TIME: See above 2:50-3:30 SNACK TIME: Juice and snack is available to each child. 3:30-5:00 FREE PLAY: Free play with hand and face washing time. Hair will be combed by staff. Cold or Rainy Days; Inside play with toys, records, stories, and song. GOAL: To develop an interest to be fresh and clean, to develop self-expression and creativity. 3:30-4:30 ARTS AND CRAFTS: Art activities for the young child develops creativity at an early age, with choices. Experimenting in all areas encourages interest and imagination. Finger painting, clay, cutting, gluing, etc. Each teacher has two afternoons scheduled for art activities. GOAL: To develop an interest and joy in activities, to develop self-expression and creativity. 5:00 DISNEY VIDEO TIME 5:30 DEPARTURE

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please describe the ways in which you communicate with parents about their child, the school's learning goals, their child's progress, and activities parents can be doing outside of school to foster their child's development.

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
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Please describe how your school handles children with separation anxiety.