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Once Upon A Time Preschool

938 Prism Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078-1063

(760) 798-4747

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Providing a safe, loving and nurituring enviornment for you child in our primary goal. The fact that it is fun and educational at the same time is a plus. We want evey child to succeed and develop a lifetime love of learning and thrist for trying new experiences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that each child should be allowed to explore and develop at their own pace with love and encouragement to try new activites and experiences. We off a natural home like setting to help your little one make this important transition in their life.

A Typical Day

Our day begins with and always includes free choice activities including wooden trains, table toys, blocks and of course use of art materials. We then offer a literacy circle themed around that days book choice to include story, songs, movement and math. We then offer an outdoor experience time to run, jump explore and more. We will have open art center & tactile center throughout the day including table, easel and even outdoor stations. We have a focused math and science activity for those who wish to participate. We end our morning with a final storytime & song. For fullday we offer lunch ourdoor play and naptime followed by an open afternoon schedule to allow for the most creative and relaxed play.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year