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The Almansor Center

1955 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

(323) 341-7768


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The Almansor Center Early Education Program is designed to encourage the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth and development of each child. Almansor strives to create an atmosphere that allows each child’s intellectual curiosity to flourish in a safe and nurturing environment. Almansor believes in the innate worth of each individual child and honors the cultural diversity that allows us all to learn from each other and become competent, caring and contributing members of society.

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
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
  • 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

From the Director:

Long before the emergence of first words, children communicate with parents, siblings and care providers through smiles, sounds and other non-verbal interactions with the people around them. The home is the primary place where children practice their language skills, learn to communicate, and establish the building blocks to reaming and social-emotional development. The development of language and good communication skills is essential for reaming and later school success. The Almansor Center recognizes that special challenges emerge when children have difficulty communicating. Almansor staff are trained to address these challenges with specially designed methods geared towards the individual child and his or her parents. Our approach fosters the development of speech and language skills necessary for communication by empowering both parent and child to take charge of their own learning process. Extracted from Almansor Center website at

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To empower all children to take charge of their own learning and be competent, caring members of society; to provide training opportunities for families and professionals to support those efforts.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are an integral part of a child's education and growth. The Almansor Center provides courses through a program called 'Taking Charge' in order to help parents build a stronger and more positive relationship with their child. Extracted from Almansor Center website at

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Individualized approach.