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Presbyterian Early Learning Center

728 West Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Phone:
(408) 245-2253

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To inspire a joy for learning.
2. To encourage thinking by asking questions, not giving answers... "Let's find the answer..."
3. To be willing to try.
4. To encourage independence.
5. To trust themselves and others.
6. To learn to follow directions.
7. To build a strong self concept.
8. To be happy in a new environment"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Part-time Preschool 2's - Daily Schedule - Butterfly Room
9:00 GREETING, FREE TIME Parents sign the children in and get them settled into free choice play.
9:00 - 9:50 ARTS & CRAFTS, DRAMATIC PLAY, FLOOR TOYS
9:50 - 10:00 CLEAN-UP
The children learn to pick-up after themselves and help others with their task.
10:00- 10:30 OUTSIDE PLAY
Outside is an important time for each child. The child is able to use his/her gross motor skills.
10:30 - 10:40 WASH HANDS The children will wash their hands before snack time.
10:40 - 10:55 SNACK TIME For snack the children eat cheese, crackers, juice, fruit, etc.
10:55 - 11:10 CIRCLE TIME Learn and talk about specific topics (for example: farm animals, holidays, seasons, shapes, etc.), and/or a story will be read relating to art or the season.
11:10 - 11:30 TABLE ACTIVITY Play with puzzles, manipulatives, and/or paper and crayons for the children.
11:30 PICK-UP TIME Say good-bye and talk to the parents.

Part-time Preschool 3's - Daily Schedule - Teddy Bear Room
Morning Afternoon
9:00-10:00
GREETING, FREE TIME, ACTIVITY AND ART TIME
This is the time when the children are able to create; by drawing, cutting, pasting, painting, cooking and making special projects. The children will socialize, play with all types of blocks, use the manipulatives and do dramatic play in our kitchen area.
10:00 -10:15
CLEAN-UP TIME
The children learn to pick-up after themselves and help others in the task.
10:15 - 10:45
CIRCLE TIME (SMALL GROUP) STORY TIME AND MUSIC
We will learn and talk about specific topics (for example: farm animals, holidays, senses, seasons, shapes). We will be playing with instruments, learning songs that relate to our topics, finger plays and dances.
10:45 - 11:00
WASH HANDS AND SNACK
The children will wash their hands before we have our snack. At snack time the children are able to talk to each other and to the teachers about anything special in their lives or any interest they may have. We eat snacks that the children have made or crackers with milk or juice. This is also the time we will celebrate any birthdays.
11:00 -11:25
OUTSIDE TIME
Outside time is an important time for each child. The child is able to use his/her gross motor skills. We provide outdoor activities such as kicking the ball, riding a bike, jumping, climbing, sliding, as well as learning to take turns. We have a large sand area where the children can learn to build, create and play dramatically.
11:25 - 11:30
TABLE ACTIVITY
We will set out puzzles, manipulatives, and/or paper and crayons for our students at the table so we can open the door for the parents.
11:30 PICK-UP TIME
We say good-bye and talk to the parents.
12:30 - 1:30
GREETING, FREE TIME, ACTIVITY AND ART TIME
This is the time when the children are able to create; by drawing, cutting, pasting, painting, cooking and making special projects. The children will socialize, play with all types of blocks, use the manipulatives and do dramatic play in our kitchen area.
1:30 - 1:45
CLEAN-UP TIME
The children learn to pick-up after themselves and help others in the task.
1:45 - 2:15
CIRCLE TIME (SMALL GROUP) STORY TIME AND MUSIC
We will learn and talk about specific topics (for example: farm animals, holidays, senses, seasons, shapes). We will be playing with instruments, learning songs that relate to our topics, finger plays and dances.
2:15 - 2:30
WASH HANDS AND SNACK
The children will wash their hands before we have our snack. At snack time the children are able to talk to each other and to the teachers about anything special in their lives or any interest they may have. We eat snacks that the children have made or crackers with milk or juice. This is also the time we will celebrate any birthdays.
2:30 - 2:55
OUTSIDE TIME
Outside time is an important time for each child. The child is able to use his/her gross motor skills. We provide outdoor activities such as kicking the ball, riding a bike, jumping, climbing, sliding, as well as learning to take turns. We have a large sand area where the children can learn to build, create and play dramatically.
2:55 - 3:00
TABLE ACTIVITY
We will set out puzzles, manipulatives, and/or paper and crayons for our students at the table so we can open the door for the parents.
3:00 PICK-UP TIME
We say good-bye and talk to the parents.

Part-time Preschool 4's - Daily Schedule - Fantasyland Room
Morning Afternoon
9:00 Welcome: Open our doors and say "Hello!"
9:10 Free Choice Time
Art, Cooking, Science:All children take a turn doing teacher-directed center time which includes art, science, dramatic play and cooking projects.
Work Stations: Every week we have a hands-on activity related to math and/or reading readiness. All children will work with a teacher alone or in a small group on such tasks as tracing shapes, building patterns, sequencing and matching games
Free Choice: These options include large and small blocks, easel painting, playhouse time, and manipulative activities such as puzzles, bead stringing and playdough.
10 a.m. Clean-up
10:10 a.m. Circle Time
Talking about weekly theme (such as families, nutrition and transportation), calendar time, Teaching colors, shapes, numbers and letter recognition. Also fun with songs, rhymes, music, rhythms and games
10:30 a.m. Snack Time
Wash hands and sit at three tables, each with a teacher. We learn to say grace together, pour juice, count our crackers, taste new foods we have cooked and use good table manners.
10:45 a.m. Outside Playtime
Lots of large muscle motor activity. Sometimes we use the gym for motor skills activities.
11:15 a.m. Story Time
We sometimes act out our stories or try to decide why a character acted or felt as he/she did. We learn poems, rhymes and songs. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there is a sharing time to build language development.
11:30 a.m. Pick Up Time
We say "good-bye" and visit to the parents.
12:30 p.m. Welcome: Open our doors and say "Hello!"
12:40 p.m. Free Choice Time
Art, Cooking, Science:All children take a turn doing teacher-directed center time which includes art, science, dramatic play and cooking projects.
Work Stations: Every week we have a hands-on activity related to math and/or reading readiness. All children will work with a teacher alone or in a small group on such tasks as tracing shapes, building patterns, sequencing and matching games
Free Choice: These options include large and small blocks, easel painting, playhouse time, and manipulative activities such as puzzles, bead stringing and playdough.
1:30 p.m. Cleanup
1:40 p.m. Circle Time
Talking about weekly theme (such as families, nutrition and transportation), calendar time, Teaching colors, shapes, numbers and letter recognition. Also fun with songs, rhymes, music, rhythms and games
2:00 p.m. Snack Time
Wash hands and sit at three tables, each with a teacher. We learn to say grace together, pour juice, count our crackers, taste new foods we have cooked and use good table manners.
2:15 p.m. Outside Playtime
Lots of large muscle motor activity. Sometimes we use the gym for motor skills activities.
2:45 p.m. Story Time
We sometimes act out our stories or try to decide why a character acted or felt as he/she did. We learn poems, rhymes and songs. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there is a sharing time to build language development.
3:00 p.m. Pick Up Time
We say "good-bye" and visit to the parents.




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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school