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Carmel Valley Preschool

5020 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 481-7933


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our Teaching Philosophy We feel teaching is... Inspiring our children rather than merely filling them with facts Responding to our children rather than demanding of them Motivating our children to discover on their own rather than relying on another's discoveries Training our chidlren to think rather than repeating others' thoughts Encouraging our children to make individual choices and helping them grow in confidence and interdependence with others Exploring to find lessons in everything our children see, hear, smell, taste, and touch and bringing them together to give deeper meaning and fulfillment to life. (excerpted from brochure)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

At Carmel Valley Preschool we offer a variety of different enrichment classes right on our campus. All of our classes focus on different areas of development that your child may take advantage of. Each enrichment class is optional depending on the child or parent's interest level. These classes include Radical Reptiles, Mad Science, Moovin' & Groovin', Cooking, music, dance, sports, woodworking and more! (excerpted from brochure)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of Carmel Valley Preschool is to provide a quality program through an environment that will encourage your child's growth intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

Our Commitment to Christian Values
Children develop a healthy concept of the awesomeness of God and His great love for them. Children will enjoy a variety of Bible stories geared just for them. Twice a month the whole preschool gathers together for Chapel time. Parents are always welcome! In addition to our daily lessons, we incorporate prayer before all snacks and meals. (excerpted from brochure)

A Typical Day

Each child has the opportunity to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving and develop personal interaction skills through firsthand experience.

Our curriculum consists of a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities including the following:

Bible Stories & Applications
Language Development
Math & Reading Readiness
Science & Nature
Music & Movement
Dramatic Play
Arts & Crafts
Large & Small Motor Development
(excerpted from brochure)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Very Important Parents (VIP)
We encourage all of our parents to visit our center to observe their child at any time. It is our desire to make parents an integral part of their child's early childhood experience.

For this reason, we include parents in our field trips, party days, and special projects! Parents can also be involved behind the scenes in many ways.

Being a VIP not only gives parents an opportunity to be a part of their child's education, it is also a great way to meet and connect with other parents. We do feel all of our parents are Very Important Parents! (excerpted from brochure)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school