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Sierra Madre Community Nursery School

701 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Phone:
(626) 355-1655

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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
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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
  • manipulatives and practical experiences
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 Parents bring their skills and interests to share with the children.

From the Director:

Ours is an emergent curriculum which is geared to the particular children in a group at a given time.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is unique and we do not compare them to another child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Sierra Madre Community Nursery School strives to provide a program for young children and their families where each individual can grow and unfold at his/her own rate. Each person is aided in reaching his/her highest potential for humanness through interpersonal relationships involving loving, caring, trusting. Children develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in an environment which features freedom within limits.

A Typical Day

Each day would include many choices of activities, including an art project, craft projects, large motor activities, small motor skills, language activities, possibly a cooking project, a science experience, and a tactile experience.
There is a group time each day for all of the children which would feature songs, stories, and fingerplays.
A snack time is offered each day also.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents work regularly in the classroom and have some opportunity to speak with teacher then and/or at drop-off and pickup. One day a month is designated for parent conferences. Each day Director meets with parents working that day for short discussion of parenting issues.We provide information as requested by parents to help them know what is available and what they should consider in making their decision. We gladly provide references as requested.

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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

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

Parents may stay with a child as long as the child needs a parent present.