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Hope Christian Preschool

16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway
San Diego, CA 92128

(858) 485-5896


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Pre-reading, Pre-math, and Pre-literacy skills are addressed, along with exposure to art, music and science. Theme and skill based curriculum are rotated regularly.

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
  • Sand trays for letter drawing, white boards for writing, centers with written signs, signs and writing materials in dramatic play, 3 dimensional letters, classroom book storywriting, weekly phonetic bags,etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Regular cooking, graphi g, sorting, sequences, 1 to 1 matching and symbol recognition classroom materials available daily,
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Sequencing 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
  • Regular student cooking in each classroom, classroom amd playground experiments, garden and butterfly release and tadpole to frog obsevation each spring
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Daily singing and movement to music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Teacher guided and child directed projects only,
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
  • Large motor skill curriculum included
Other subjects taught Social Studies and Hygiene and Health

From the Director:

All subjects are taught through the use of all five senses. Teachers introduce a subject and then let their students explore it through several different mediums.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Students skills are assessed in the fall and portfolios are kept all school year. Parent conferences are held in the spring and to review their growth. Curriculum is individualized to student needs and we work closely with the Poway School District regarding any special needs which arise during the school year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is to provide a safe, loving, environment for children of our community to learn through developmentally appropriate activities. Our goal is to stimulate a love for learning and prepare them for kindergarten. We address the whole child, including their social/emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual growth. Welcoming not only our students, but their families as well, is a priority.

A Typical Day

Daily schedules include: opening and closing group circle times, two scheduled bathroom breaks ( along with any time they request it) school provided group snack time, 40 minutes of outside play, free choice center time and small group and/or individualized one on one time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

School year begins with open house. Each fall and spring, student assessments are done. Student portfolios are kept throughout the school year. Monthly newsletters are sent out by each lead teacher. Bi-monthly school newsletters are also sent home by the Director. Classroom written books, phonetic bags, sharing, and character diaries are home home projects for students. Parent education classes are periodically offered. Parent meetings are formally held each spring and any time requested. Since this is a parent participation school, we expect parents to be involved in their child's education. Open House,Mother's Day Luncheon, Dad's Donut Morning and Family Thanksgiving lunches are annual events. Students also participate in community service projects for seniors, homeless, and military.

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work individually with each child and their family needs. Educating parents on separation techniques is part of our fall program.