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Early Learners Children's Academy

9585 Candida Street
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 530-8200


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
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 first five years of life is the critical period where the foundation that supports a child all the way into adulthood is created. Preschool standards help children develop the preliteracy and prenumeracy skills they need to enter kindergarten. Toddlers (24-36 Months) In the toddler�s classes, we begin by introducing the children to a preschool and its setting. We show the children how to handle a book, sing the alphabet and introduce other songs and finger plays, count, work on age appropriate Art and Science projects. Pre-K I (36-48 Months) Three year olds are active learners who learn by doing, exploring, thinking about, playing and hands on. We focus on teacher directed instruction to help the children be the active learners they crave to be. Three year olds begin to recognize letters and letter sounds, numbers and their own name. We incorporate as much hands on as possible with sorting objects, measuring, creating shapes while focusing on their age appropriate curriculum. Pre-K II (+48 Months) Our four year olds are one step away from entering Kindergarten. At this age, we continue to encourage the children by taking learning one step further. Not only recognizing letters and letter sounds, numbers and quantities, recognizing their name and writing their name, but also telling time and challenging them with the age appropriate curriculum. In this class we also introduce the children to homework in preparation for Kindergarten. (excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that all children can learn and grow in a nurturing, caring, and safe environment that allows them to make meaningful choices and encourages them to become active learners. Parents are the first and primary educators of their children. Our staff is trained and qualified to supplement your child's growth in learning. Believing that children are influenced within a home, community, and social environment, we believe that all programming for a child, whether full or part day, should support a child's development and provide a safe and healthy play and learning space.
(excerpted from website)

A Typical Day

Daily Schedules

Infants (contact Director for schedule)

(Toddlers 24-36 Months)

7:00-8:15 Indoor Activities
8:15-8:30 Music and Movement
8:30-8:45 Science or Math Activity
8:45-9:00 Wash Up and Change Diapers
9:00-9:15 AM Snack
9:15-9:30 Circle Time, Calendar, Songs & etc.
9:30-10:00 Art Time
10:00-10:30 Outdoor Recess
10:30-10:45 Wash hands for Lunch Time
10:45-11:30 Lunch Time
11:30-11:45 Wash Up and Change Diapers
11:45-12:00 Story Time: Language/Literature
12:15-2:30 Nap Time
2:30-3:00 Clean Up Nap Items and Change Diapers
3:00-3:15 PM Snack
3:15-4:00 Outdoor Play
4:00-5:00 Art, Circle Time, Music, Songs & Story Time
5:00-5:15 Wash Up and Change Diapers
5:15-6:00 Indoor Activities

(Pre-K I and Pre-K II)

7:00-7:30 Welcome
7:30-8:00 Indoor Activities
8:00-9:00 Outside Play
9:00-9:15 Potty Break/ Wash up Snack
9:15-9:30 AM Snack
10:00-10:15 Circle Time, Calendar, Music, Songs & Story Time
10:15-10:45 Art Time / Science or Math Project
10:45-11:30 Language & Literature
11:30-12:15 LUNCH TIME
12:15-12:30 Get Ready for Nap
12:30-2:30 Nap Time
2:30-3:00 Clean up nap items, Potty Break, wash up
3:00-3:15 Afternoon Snack
3:15-4:00 Outdoor Activities
4:00-4:30 Potty Break/Wash up
4:30-5:00 Circle Time, Calendar, Music, Songs & Story Time
5:00-6:00 Indoor Activities
(excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

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