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St. Timothy's Lutheran

5100 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124

(408) 265-0244

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
  • Zoophonics materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • games and other math manipulatives
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
  • 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 We include religion lessons at our school. We use the Voyages curriculum by Concordia Publishing. We also have a library time where children listen to stories and choose books to bring back to their classrooms. Four-year-olds do perceptual motor development under the direction of the Physical Education teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

During the day children are presented with a variety of learning opportunities. They can work at these on their own level. Also, during these less structured times teachers have times to work individually with children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are dedicated to provide a Christ Centered environment where each child will develop a better understanding and appreciation of the world around us and God's love for us. Each child shall be treated as a unique and valued creation of God with individual talents and abilities. This will be done through many activities designed to promote physical, social, emotional, academic and spiritual growth.

A Typical Day

Generally, the children begin the day with a circle time. This includes calendar, singing, movement and stories.

There is time for indoor play, art activities and other experiences.

Children have a religion lesson.

They say a prayer, wash hands and have a snack.

They have outside play.

There is a closing circle and sharing time before dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each year we have two parent-teacher conferences. One occurs in the fall and one in the spring. Throughout the year, teachers keep in touch with parents via e-mail, telephone, and notes. Each week a classroom newsletter as well as a school-wide newsletter are sent home to update parents on what is going on at school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have times for teachers to meet students prior to the start of school. We also meet with parents before the start of school.