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CHALK Preschool

2201 Lincoln Blvd in Venice
Venice, CA 90291

(310) 827-7300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We provide a program in which the children learn through hands on learning experiences. Each activity has a goal or state standard in mind for the target age group to meet.

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Beginning Spanish and American Sign Language

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Classrooms are split by age group. CHALK Preschool teachers will base their lesson plans and activities on the Early Childhood Learning Standards for the classroom's specific age group. Each activity will have an extension for accelerated students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Provide an environment where children thrive:

Creativity abounds and
Hands-on early childhood learning experiences incorporate
Laughter and
Knowledge in a safe and inspirational preschool setting.

Educate young minds and facilitate the enjoyment of learning. Support the growth of the whole child across emotional, social, physical, and cognitive domains to ensure the development of strong, confident, life-long learners.

Incorporate (1) core curriculum goals based on early childhood learning standards and models and (2) the arts within a loving, stimulating environment. Establish and adapt best practices to provide a well-rounded, structured education enhanced with play and creativity. Structure daily activities to provide stability and security.

Retain highly qualified, skilled teachers responsible for the development and application of lesson plans, scheduling, parent communication, etc. Provide effective leadership for all aspects of CHALK including retention of a qualified Preschool Director and support staff.

Create and maintain classrooms and play areas that are stimulating and safe. Provide an open-door policy for children, family members, teachers, and staff to ensure continuous improvement.

A Typical Day

7:30-9:15 Drop-off/ Free Play
9:15-9:45 Circle Time/Foreign Language
9:45-10:00 Snack/Potty
10:00-10:45 Center Time
10:45-11:15 Gross Motor/Playground
11:15-11:30 Closing Circle/Music
11:30-12:00 Free Play/ AM Pick-up
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Nap
2:00- 2:30 Snack/Potty
2:30-3:00 Story/Music
3:00-3:45 Center Time
3:45-4:15 Gross Motor/Playground
4:15-4:30 Closing Circle
4:30-5:30 Free Play/Pick-up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

CHALK Preschool teachers formally assess the children twice a year as well as hold one parent-teacher conference annually. As a parent you are also a teacher and we encourage you to be as involved as possible in your child's education. The teachers will create monthly newsletters and calendars to keep you informed as to what is going on in their classroom. CHALK Preschool also holds several parent/family events throughout the school year for the parents to mix and mingle as well as establish the CHALK community!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We will work with you to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Once you are enrolled in CHALK Preschool, we encourage you to come with your child to visit their new school prior to their start date to eliminate some of the "first day jitters"! Also communication is key! Talk to the teachers about what they have seen and what you expect so we can work with you and your child!