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Incarnation Lutheran Preschool

16889 Espola Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

(858) 675-7570


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The Incarnation Lutheran Preschool uses many styles and approaches to learning so children have opportunity, exposure to different elements of learning, and feel comfortable bringing their learning style to us. Our focus is on ensuring children are ready to attend public shcool with confidence.

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
  • Play dough and fine motor skills
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Simple cooking projects
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Light table and accessories
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Project work and sensory tables
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music and movement classes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Children's work samples
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
  • Games
Other subjects taught Caring for each other through the 6 pillars of "Character Counts" and basic Christian values in weekly chapel.

From the Director:

Our goal is to provide a "balance" of learning. Indoor with outdoor, quiet and loud, calm and busy times. We include children's free choice with teacher lead instruction to encourage independence and decision making skills so children develop confidence and are prepared for school.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

With our low ratios, teachers spend plenty of small group time, as well as, one-to-one time with children. This allows children to develop at their own rate while providing challenges for children who excell, as well as, providing needs for children who take more time. We pride ourselves in utilizing new approaches to early reading and journal writing. With our dedicated staff, your child will learn skills needed for future school success.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Incarnation Lutheran Preschool is a Christian Education Ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation that provides a nurturing, Christ-centered program. The staff of the program is dedicated toward providing a developmentally appropriate program where children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually. The program provides an enriched curriculum that includes creative care experiences, children's literature, music and movement, dramatic play and the development of fine and gross motor skills. Focus is placed on positive social experiences and self sufficiency to prepare children for school readiness. Parents and staff working together is the key to a positive experience in the program. Parents are always welcome in the preschool.

A Typical Day

7:30 - Open
8:00 - Indoor activities/art
8:30 - Outdoor discovery time
9:15 - Indoors and snack
9:30 - Learning time and centers
10:30 - Outdoor play and games
11:30 - Indoors and storytime
11:45 - Lunch or go home
12:15 - Rest time or go home
2:15 - Wake up
2:30 - Snack and indoor activities
3:00 - Outdoor play and activities
4:00 - Indoors and storytime
4:30 - Activities and skill building
5:00 - Close

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each year our school has back-to-school night, some events partnered with the church and activities involving the community, such as street fairs. We also conduct observations and assessments on all children twice a year. We encourage parent involvement and volunteering in the classsroom if the parent desires, but is not a requirement. Other forms of communication are; personal notes, newletters, white boards and our Website.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer "visiting times" with new enrollees which allows students to visit with the parent before their actual start date. We request at least two visits so a child can be involved at an indoor time and later during outdoor activity. This helps the child bond with the teacher, make friends and become familiar with the environment prior to starting school. Loving teachers have plenty of experience helping your child acclimate to thier new school and supporting you and your child into this new transition.