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San Marino Congregational Church Pre-School

2560 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108

(626) 292-2082


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • We have many games and teaching tools that facilitate literacy skills
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Our school has many manipulatives and activities that teach math skills
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
  • We have a scientist come in once a month to do a sciene lesson with the children to supplement our science program
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Listening center
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Our school is very well stocked in art materials
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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children learn by doing. We provide a rich, hands on enviroment for children to explore and create. We follow a center based, developmentally appropriate curriculum. The children are assessed on 50 goals and objectives in social emotional, cognitive, physical development, and language. We are a nuturing school with a balanced program that meets the needs of the individual child.

A Typical Day

8:30 - 9:00 early drop off/free play
9:00-9:15 arrival and gathering activities
9:15-10:15- free time with outside activities as well as art, dramatic play, blocks, stories, games etc. in the two open classrooms
10:15 - 10:30- clean up, restroom and handwashing
10:30- 11:45 - classroom time with snack, stories and rug activities, learning centers with group and individual activities
11:45 - 12:00 music time with all classes and staff
12:00 dismissal for children not staying for extended day
12:00-1:15 Lunch and rest time
1:15 - 3:00- playtime with highlighted activities each day

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a meeting with parents and child before school begins. We talk about the possibility of separation difficulties and discuss what strategies we will use together to make the process go smoothly. It is very individual and we plan together with parents and teachers as a team.