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A Children's Garden (Vista)

152 Grapevine Road
Vista, CA 92083

(760) 758-4960


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The very best preschool with extended care that creates a "home away from home" environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our friends are guided throughout the day with open-ended adult and child directed activities and materials. This practice allows all children to participate and master each developmental milestone at their own pace. Our goal is to nuture the whole child in all areas of growth with love and respect.

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 Our friends are introduced and guided through basic computer skills with the mouse and keyboard using age appropriate programs. We offer a gymnastics class on Tuesday mornings where our friends develop tumbling, balance and coordination skills. Listening and following directions in a group setting are also acquired.

From the Director:

We believe that children need to feel safe to learn. We have a structured routine that we follow but are flexible enough to allow the children's input to extend a particular area of our curriculum. We provide loving support to insure a safe environment allowing the cognitive learning process to begin. Our goals for each class are given at the beginning of the child's enrollment and a formal assessment is done with every Pre-K child entering Kindergarten.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff is experienced and well trained in all areas of child developement. We are a team that provides a stable learning environment. We engage our friends in individual and group activities daily in all areas of growth. The pride in our program is apparent and it reaches out to our friends and their family"s.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Attending preschool is an important event in the early development of your child. We believe that a child's natural ability to play and explore needs to be fostered constantly. Their curiosity, creativity, adaptability and self-image can be developed more positively with age-appropriate activities in a safe environment. We believe a child's adjustment to society and the ability to develop one's own potential for happiness and productivity are largely determined by the guidance received in the early years. For these reasons, we feel it is important to surround each child with positive, nurturing experiences that will enhance his/her physical, emotional, social, and academic growth. We offer many opportunities for free choice and teacher-directed activities. These activities vary according to your child's age and developmental needs. We accept all children with love, respect, and dignity.

A Typical Day

7:00-8:30 Extended care, teacher led & free choice time
8:30-9:30 Preschool program begins-Outside time
9:30-10:00 Pottie, wash, snack time (provided)
10:15-10:30 Teacher led circle time
10:30-11:30 Teacher led art activity and free choice time
11:30-11:45 Teacher led circle time
11;45-12:15 Pottie, wash, family style lunchtime
12:15-12:45 Preschool program ends
12:45-1:15 Pottie, wash, rest time for full day friends
3:00-3:30 Wake up time, snack time (provided)
3:45-6:00 Extended care-teacher led and free choice

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We post on FB every day to provide info for our families and keep them updated on our daily routine, post pics, upcoming events and fieldtrips. We provide a monthly newsletter with reminders and ideas for home activities. We use e-mail for daily messages and notices. The Director sees and communicates daily with all families. We conduct parent-teacher conferences twice a year and all families receive our Parent Handbook upon enrollment.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation can be difficult for the child and the parents. We individualize each family's situation with short visits at different times of our day to assist with the transition. We ask for input from parents and observe the child's personality to determine how best to assist each family with a positive outcome.