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Mt. Olive Preschool

14280 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064

(858) 679-8169


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We offer a carefully supervised and balanced program to assist children in their learning process. Our preschool follows the standards of Poway Unified School District and the State the of California. In our program teachers purposefully plan creative learning experiences that are meaningful to their students. We encourage each child to grow in independence, self control, and self direction. We help each child maintain physical health as well as a healthy self esteem and healthy attitudes towards life.

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
  • Writing centers in every classroom
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math manipulatives on shelves
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
  • working outdoor garden
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
  • Daily art activities on the playground.
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
  • Art, dramatic play, sensory table and large motor skill planned activities every day on the playground.
Other subjects taught American Sign Language and Spanish

From the Director:

Mt. Olive's curriculum and teaching approach is supported by play-based activities in the classrooms and playground that develop the children spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, physically and socially. Activities are planned in the classroom throughout the year that involve the parents with sharing their gifts (music, art, area of specialty) and reading to the children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Love, patience and respect for one another is at the heart of Mt. Olive Preschool's program. The early childhood personnel guide the children in working together and modeling to the children. The staff actively listen to the children. Each child is viewed as an individual and their skills are assessed individually and encouraged to grow at their level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

God's children come first at Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool where we provide a nurturing and Christ-centered environment. Love, patience and respect for one another is at the heart of our program. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is based on the Word of God, designed through play and enhances the child spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, physically and socially. Events, programs and activities are provided to support the whole family.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:25 Playground Drop Off
9:30-9:45 Opening/Circle Time
9:45-10:15 Science / Math/ Language
10:15-10:45 Learning
10:45-11:00 Snack
11:00-11:25 Playground Group Games
11:30-12:00 Music & Movement
12:00-1:30 Lunch Bunch

Weekly Library
Weekly Chapel

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Individual conferences are held in February. Mid year developmental profiles are given at the February conferences. End of year developmental profiles are given in May with parent requested conferences only. Individual student portfolios are maintained throughout the school year in order to communicate and share a child's progress with parents during the school year. A designated parent board is maintained with school and community activities. A parent resource library is available for parents to use on a variety of subjects.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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

"Meet your teacher" meetings are held with families including the child that will be attending prior to the school year starting. Parents and children will have a chance to spend time with their teacher, become acquainted with other classmates, classroom, cubby, restrooms and and playground. Low key activities are planned at the beginning of the school year so that all staff can spend additional time nurturing and interacting with the children.