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Cornerstone Pre-school

32340 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

(440) 933-7646

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We use teacher led experiments in science quite a lot along with free play. The same is true with PE activities, music, math and language arts.

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
  • Pretend telephones, business centers, stores, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • All sorts of sorting patterning and classifying materials as well as measuring blocks of all sizes, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Dramatic play centers
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
  • Science experiments, microscopes, magnifying glasses, sand/water table, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • A fairly complete children's music disc collection
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Glue, wood, clay, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • 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
  • A playroom inside for large motor development, parachutes, etc.
Other subjects taught History, study of different cultures, social studies concerning children's place in the community.

From the Director:

There are seperate curriculums for each developmental level. The focus of the threes will be on socializtion and the world around them; people, places and things that directly effect them. The four and five year old curriculum will continue working on socializtion and pre-kindergarten skills. The fours and fives will also be involved with units which require more understanding and logic. Activities are integrated and kinesthetic with a "learning center" classroom arrangement.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We attempt to encourage children to move at their own pace as much as possible- letting children have plenty of opportunities to succeed. When individual work is called for we work with the child as much as possible.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cornerstone strives to be an extension of the experience that all children have with their families. The program has been created to be a positive step in the child's education including opportunities for physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. A warm, accepting influence will encourage the child to develop a positive self-image, and ready the child for future educational experiences.
Cornerstone endeavors to assist the children to grow in their individual strengths.

A Typical Day

1. Circle- exchanging conversation.
2. Free playartactivity, music, PE activities.
3. Language Arts- usually a story, sometimes shadow plays and felt boads.
Daily schedule includes time for free exploration (art, table toys, blocks, role-playing, sand table, etc.). Time for fine motor experiences, time for large muscle activities, time for dramatic play, time for music and time for pre-readiness activities needed for future school experiences. Also, each day there will be group discussions on topics such as feelings, special happenings, newly learned concepts, and other topics os particular interest to the children. The children are read to daily and then encouraged to express their opinions about these stories.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

newsletters, conferences, daily conversations, calendars, daily activities calendars.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a phase-in schedule (shorter classes, half the class at a time, parents can stay until we can gradually work child into class without parents- if we can.)
Parents can come into classroom for short time at the beginning of each class.
We use peers sometimes to help as well.