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Pinecrest Schools - Van Nuys, Toddler Center

Van Nuys, CA 91401

(818) 787-9803


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The fundamental purpose of Pinecrest Schools is to provide quality instruction based on the highest academic standards to preschool, primary, intermediate, and middle school students. Our learning environment is organized along traditional principles of education, although we do take full advantage of state-of-the-art technology and proven methods of instruction.
Along with academic achievement, we stress the development of creativity, character development and good citizenship. These traits, important enough in their own right, are also mutually supportive. For instance, opportunities to be creative, to think clearly, constructively and independently, encourage a desire to learn. Strength in creative thinking combined with strength in academics develops good character. Good character is the foundation of good citizenship.
We take to heart the belief that every student is an individual, with differing needs and abilities. Children of elementary age, in particular, vary greatly in their levels of achievement. No two children experience an equal degree of mental or physical development at the same time. We feel it is essential to be aware of the needs of each student, and to help them make the most of their abilities at every stage.
At Pinecrest, we believe that every new experience is a crisis in self-esteem, and we keep this in mind as we challenge the skills of each student. We want every child to become aware of his or her individual self-worth, and to know he or she is a very special person.
This, then, is the Pinecrest ideal: the intellectual, moral, and physical development of each student, achieved to stimulate interest and creativity."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Preschool 6:30 - 9:00 Individual activities which may be indoors or out, depending upon the weather.
9:00 - 10:00 Morning circle which includes attendance, flag salute, class announcements; followed by songs, sharing time, Spanish lessons, story time, role playing, morning snacks and other activities.
10:00 - 11:00 Morning lessons, arts and crafts, music, active games, name boards, learning boards, outdoor play - teacher supervised activities.
11:00 - 11:30 Cleanup, bathroom stop, story time (books, records, finger plays, blocks, floor games, etc.)
11:30 - 12:00 Hot lunch served family style by and with the teachers.
12:00 Half day programs dismissed
12:30 - 2:30 Rest period.
2:30 - 3:00 Bathroom stop, afternoon snack.
3:00 - 3:30 Art activities which reinforce previous lessons.
3:30 - Close Supervised free individual activities and group interaction.
Junior Kindergarten
8:30-8:40 Line up and enter classroom
8:40-9:00 Opening activities, Pledge of Allegiance
9:00-10:00 Reading, Phonics, Handwriting, Spanish
10:00-10:30 Math, Computer Lab (Tuesday)
10:30-11:00 Literacy Activities
11:00-11:30 Recess, PE (Tuesday & Thursday)
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-1:30 Nap
1:30-2:00 Snack
2:00-3:00 Science, Social Studies, Music (Wednesday)
3:00-3:30 Art
3:30-6:30 Late Care"
Excerpted from the preschool's website