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Mrs. Frapwell Preschool

San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 350-7576


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

I believe every child deserves to be challenged to learn every day. We have a balance of group instruction, individual instruction, and self lead exploration to accomplish this goal. This helps children to learn to work with a group, be assertive and be self motivated. These skills are necessary for any school they will transition into, and for life in general.

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
  • 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
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
  • 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 The bulk of our day is taught in English, but I believe strongly in introducing children to second languages. The languages we currently include in the curriculum are Spanish, French, and Czech. They will be counting, singing, learning vocabulary, and hearing stories read in these languages once a day. This takes the fear out of learning languages, helps them to realize that thoughts can be said in more than one way, and develops the muscles in the mouth necessary to make the sounds around the world.

From the Director:

The curriculum is rich, age appropriate, and all inclusive. My teaching approach is thematic, using a variety of teaching strategies to allow for different learning styles. This age group needs to move a lot, so we dance our vocabulary, we sing about colors, we jump to our numbers, and so on. Learning should and can be fun and exciting. It is important to me that we develop life long learners and good caring citizens. This is their first experience with school, and it should be a positive one!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of the teachers and assistants that work here are already credentialed or are currently studying to be teachers. There are 2 to 3 adults working with 12 children every day allowing us to help the ones struggling to separate from Mom, and push the ones already ready to read.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Are you looking for a safe, loving, and educational place for your 2 or 3 year old? We have just the place for you! Mrs. Frapwell’s Pre-Preschool is an exciting place to be Monday-Friday from 9AM-1PM. This program is designed for young children to thrive! Your child does not need to be potty trained to enroll.
Our main focus is their social and emotional skills. When the social skills and courtesies to adults and peers alike are in place, great positive strides can be made.
Our second goal here is providing many enriching activities both structured and play based every day. It is exciting to see what 2-5 year olds can learn! Here, your child will be enriched with other languages (Spanish, French & Czech), math skills, music, science, arts and crafts, reading readiness & phonics, and loads of great literature!
Mrs. Frapwell is licensed, CPR and health-safety certified, a former credentialed 2nd grade teacher, and a mother of 3. All of Mrs. Frapwell’s assistants are finger printed, TB tested, have passed a criminal background check, and are great with kids. Your child can come 2-5 times a week! We only have space for 12 students a day, so call as soon as possible. Located in Carmel Valley.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule

9:00 Drop off & free play inside

9:30 Morning circle: letter & number of the day
and Story or 2nd language

9:45 Game or Science Activity

10:00 Outside free play
Diaper checks & potty training

10:15 Snack and letter & number of the day

10:30 Outside free play

11:00 Arts & crafts
Free play inside

11:45 2nd circle time: Math game, second
language, or music

Noon Lunch

12:30 Outside free play
Diaper checks & potty training

1:00 Pickup

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are able to communicate with parents at drop off and pick up every day. I also send out a monthly news letter and emails of important events. I am very accessible through phone and email for a more private conversation. We also have an annual potluck holiday party when the parents can come meet the other children and families. Lastly, I do an informal assessment three times during the year, and issue a progress report half way through the year to parents. This helps the teaches and parents alike to know where to challenge each child, and celebrate what they have learned!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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 have had a lot of experience dealing with separation anxiety since we accept only 2-5 year olds. We have a plan in place, extra staff to handle it, and an almost 100% success rate!