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Pasadena First United Methodist Church Preschool (aka Epworth Christian Preschool)

500 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 568-9502


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning which is child centered. This approach is similar to style of Montessori. Teachers observe the children at play and use the children's thoughts and ideas as the basis of learning. Children are encouraged to pursue activities in which they show a lot of interest while the teachers observe and guide them.

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
  • everything within the classroom environment is meant to stimulate language
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • hands on manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • many other types of manipulatives
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
  • most manipulatives can be used for learning about rhythm and timing
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • everything within the classroom environment is meant to stimulate their visual arts creativity
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
  • a redesigned playground is forthcoming
Other subjects taught We introduce Christian concepts such as love, sharing, peace, respect and caring for others.

From the Director:

Our classrooms are based on free play with facilitation by the teachers as the children guide the activities through play therefore showing their interests.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The philosophy of this program is to provide a developmentally appropriate environment with a Christian enrichment emphasis for young children. We emphasize exploration and discovery through active manipulation of the environment and concrete experiences. Our children are offered a wide variety of activities daily with the result being a safe, healthy, nurturing and stimulating environment for young children.

A Typical Day

The schedules are varied for each classroom but each child is welcomed into the room upon arrival. They start their day with Choice Time including art, music or outdoor play. The children then have Circle Time in which they learn to interact as a group, followed by a healthy snack. Then there is another period of Choice Time including language, math, science, arts and crafts, music and movement. The children then have Circle Time again before dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have monthly PTO meetings, a parent newsletter, daily recall sheets for parents and teachers speak with parents often. We also have parent/teacher conferences twice a year, an Open House and a new e-mail system for announcements.We will advise parents on the type of curriculum which would suit their child and on the child's readiness but we do NOT endorse any specific schools.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to introduce their children to our school gradually by making a few visits before the first day of attendance. Depending on the child's needs, parents can plan to stay awhile for the first few days. We want parents to truly leave after saying goodbye to avoid confusion for their child and know that it's o.k. when their child cries. We welcome telephone calls to check in on the child.