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Canyon Rim Children's Center

6801 Easton Court
San Diego, CA 92120

(619) 287-6767


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

At Canyon Rim Children's Center our program provides for the exploration of different learning experiences in an enriched environment involving a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities and learning centers. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunity to create, explore, problem solve and learn personal interaction skills. We believe that it is necessary to teach young children using real materials and through hands-on, direct experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities. Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are also provided. A good program also includes stability and regularity while also being flexible. A familiar pattern enables the child to take part in routines more easily, and it allows for a sense of security. It is also necessary for the Teacher to be in tune with the children's needs and desires, and to be willing to change when the child's needs change.

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
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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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • Songs, sing alongs, special demonstraions of 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 activities, physical layout and room structure at Canyon Rim Children's Center reflect our philosophy. Just as the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child overlaps and intertwines, so do the activities and arrangement of the rooms. The physical environment of each classroom embodies a sense of beauty with a soft home-like atmosphere. This type of environment is specifically designed to enhance a child�??s learning through comfort and exploration. Important self-help skills are taught by teaching the children to care for our beautiful classrooms and the materials in them. The room encourages independence and creativity. The children move freely throughout different learning centers and may use the materials to meet their needs. Respect for each other and the environment is always stressed. Each child has the opportunity to create, explore, problem solve and learn interpersonal skills with a variety of hands-on experiences A full curriculum is offered each day in the areas of art, music, math, language, science, dramatic play, fine and gross motor activities. Much of our curriculum is inspired by preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Through this curriculum, we encourage children to express their ideas and insights during many different learning experiences. Elaborate and complex projects emerge from the ideas of the children and can extend over long periods of time. The teachers document the children�??s experiences in order to illustrate their ideas and the progression of their learning. In allowing children extensive time for exploration, as well as, demonstrating respect for their ideas, awareness and knowledge of the world around them is enhanced.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Canyon Rim Children's Center is a preschool dedicated to the individuality of children. Here we believe in meeting the needs of the whole child. Our goal is to co-explore the learning experiences with the children, to promote ideas and problem solving. Through these goals we can focus on the continuous process of meeting the individual social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The educational philosophy of Canyon Rim Children's Center, Inc. is based on addressing the developmental needs of the whole child in a secure and loving atmosphere. Our program strives to create a relaxed environment, free from criticism and competition. The philosophy of Developmentally Appropriate Practices is the framework around which our program is planned. We provide an environment and offer content, materials and activities that are coordinated with a child�??s level of development and for which the individual child is ready. Each child is a unique person with individual patterns and rates of growth. The Teacher's responsibility is to provide experiences that match the child�??s developing and emerging abilities, at the same time provide some challenge for continued growth and expansion of interests. With this developmental learning philosophy, we are able to meet each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs.

A Typical Day

As a Reggio inspired program we maintain a structured, but flexible daily schedule. The following is an example of a typical day at our center. Although each classroom's daily schedule will vary, activities alternate between quiet and active, free play, and total group experiences. It is important to note that a classroom schedule may change in order to meet the needs of the children.
7:00-8:15 Arrival, warm greeting, free choice,
table games
Outdoor play
Morning Meeting
Free choice, art, dramatic play,
blocks, & sensory
A.M. Snack (CRCC Provided)
Outdoor Play
Circle Activities
Lunch (Parents Provide)
Prepare for Rest Time
Bathroom, story, & soft music
12:30 Rest time begins
12:30-2:15 Rest time
Wake up and transition from nap
Snack (CRCC Provided)
Outdoor play
Bathroom, circle, & songs
Free choice, art, dramatic play,
blocks, & sensory
5:30-6:00 Stories, cleanup and get ready to
go home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each child is evaluated annually using a Developmental Profile approriate for thier age.. Teachers hold parent conferences and sends progress reports to the parents. Each class has an individual newsletter. The school conduct kindregarten readiness seminars for the parents and other parent education classes. There is also an active parents' association.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are couciled and encouraged to allow the child time to become acclimated.