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Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool

1730 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 829-2239


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The Mission of Pilgrim Lutheran PReschool is to reach out to families by providing their children with the highest stadard of education centered in Jesus Christ,our Lord and Savior

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our goal at Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool is to provide an environment which integrates the best concepts of early childhood education within the context of a Christian way of life. We encourage children to grow in independence, empowering self-control and self-direction. We help each child maintain physical health as well as a healthy self-esteem and attitude towards life. With our focus on the "whole child" our children are prepared for kindergarten on a daily basis through growing and sharing in a variety of experiences and skills: academic abilities, creativity, music and art, imagination,curiosity and science, language development skills, balance, coordination and athletic skills and social and emotional development.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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
  • 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 On Mondays the children get the opportunity to Spanish. On Wednesdays the children get to learn about different people in history in their "Wee Americans class"

From the Director:

We feel that one teaching philosophy does not fit all children. We have a small school which gives us the opportunity to observe and share with the children in a way which fits their style of learning. We select a variety of ideas from a number of different learning/teaching philosophies.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are able to one to provide on one attention to students as needed. There are always at least one teacher and aide in each classroom at all times.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is very special, we get to come here every day and share with all of our wonderful children. We consider our work here a blessing and a gift.

A Typical Day

Daily Preschool Schedule-Sun Group (4-5.11 yrs.)

7:30-8:50 a.m. Morning Daycare Inside/outside play
8:55-9:00 a.m. Transition: bathroom and wash hands
9:00-9:30 a.m. Circle time: Pledge of Allegiance and Christian Pledge, prayers, share, stories, discuss projects of the day, sing songs, prayer for snack
9:30-10:00 a.m. Snack/free choice centers
10:00-10:40 a.m. Academics: letter/number recognition-writing, phonics and math, art
10:40-10:45 a.m. Transition: clean-up, bathroom, wash hands
10:45-11:10 a.m. Outside/inside play: bikes, painting, sand yard or gym, community center area
11:10-11:15 a.m. Transition: bathroom/wash hands
11:15-11:45 a.m. Class activity: academics, science, cooking, art, Spanish, Gymboree, music, music and movement
11:45- 11:50 a.m. Transition: bathroom/wash hands/ prayers
11:50-12:20 p.m. Lunch and outside play

First pick up 12:30 p.m.
12:20-12:30 p.m. Transition: Bathroom/wash hands/story
12:30-2:30 p.m. Nap time: quiet time
2:15-2:30 p.m. wake up time:
2:30-2:45 p.m. Snack: (provided by Pilgrim)
2:45-3:00 p.m. center area

Second pick up 3:30 p.m.
3:00-5:30 p.m. Afternoon Daycare: (Suns & Stars combined)

Monday: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Spanish class
Tuesday: 11:15 -11:45 a.m. Sports-T-Ball, Jumping Gym
Wednesday: 11:15 -11:45 a.m. Music and History-WEE Americans
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. Chapel
11:15- 11:45 a.m. Cooking class/ science
Friday: 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Dance and Movement

* Library walk to Montana Branch 9:30-11:00 a.m. (2nd Monday of every month)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We feel that communication is number one. Not only do we hand out a calendar at the beginning of the year, we email a newsletter every week and post daily events in the front of the classrooms.
We have two parenty - teacher meetings throughout the year and have an open door policy.

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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each separation is handled individually, as it should be. We work with each family as needed.