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Children's Hour Academy

17650 SW 65th Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Phone:
(503) 635-2139

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We are a child centered developmentally-appropriate program for infants through elementary school. This program facilitates positive growth and care for children. We are licensed by the state of Oregon and have our Private School Accreditation.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" Our program plan reflects the attitude of our philosophy. At The Children's Hour Academy, our actions pattern our philosophy. Our program uses activities that will meet the physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social developmental needs of each child. Each group uses activities geared at the child's level to encourage growth.
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Our mission is to provide an exceptional level of nurturing, education and developmental opportunities for children ages 3 months through elementary school, while maintaining the highest level of safety, nutrition and parental communication by our educated and experienced staff.
We provide an environment that cultivates long term enrollment. This planned environment is a natural, gentle community that fosters individual development. From birth it is a child's �job� to create knowledge based on observing, wondering, theorizing, and then testing and revising their theories. As educators we believe that young children learn best in a Christian environment that fosters learning through self-discovery and hypothesizing. Written observations, anecdotes, and video recordings enable the staff to carefully plan an environment and opportunities that are developmentally appropriate. Our preschool through Kindergarten children assist in the planning of their curriculum. Additionally, The Children's Hour Academy offers American Sign Language, music, drama, art, and field trips. These experiences enrich their lives by stretching their minds and bodies. These activities - integrated within the school's program - are a natural component to learning.
Children are priceless assets. The Children's Hour Academy staff are professional teachers committed to the development of children. Our college educated teachers are experienced professionals trained in child development, theory, and practice. Each room, from infant educaring through Kindergarten, has a college educated professional teacher. Each assistant teacher has training in the Early Childhood field. All of our staff participate in continuing education in both American Sign Language and Early Childhood Education. We view this as an important component of their professional development. Our staff introduces the children to American Sign Language in a very natural way. Both hearing and deaf children benefit from this �foreign� language immersion program. Our goal is to bond with the children and their family as an extension of your family unit. To borrow a phrase from �Everyday Blessings:The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting� �Children embody what is best in life. They live in the present moment. They are part of its exquisite bloom. They are pure potentiality, embodying vitality, emergence, renewal, and hope. They are purely what they are. And they share that vital nature with us and call it out of us as well, if we can listen carefully to the calling.� (Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn) This is our view of all children and our goal is to create the environment that fosters this philosophy.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Early Toddler Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 Greetings and free playtime
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Clean up, diapers and free play
9:30 - 10:00 P.E. (Monday and Tuesday) Rhyme Time (Wednesday-Friday)
10:00 - 11:00 Curriculum and outdoor play*
11:00 - 11:20 Clean up, diapers
11:20 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:30 Naptime
2:30 - 3:00 Wake up and diapers
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:00 Daily review
4:00 - 6:00 Diapers, free play (inside or outside*) and goodbyes

Middle Toddler Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 Arrivals, diapers and free play
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Diapers
9:30 - 10:30 P.E.*, Music**, Curriculum, Art
10:30 - 11:00 Free play, outside (weather permitting)
11:00 - 11:30 Diapers
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 3:00 Nap, diapers
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 6:00 Diapers, free play, outside, departures
P.E. will be on Mondays, Tuesdays for the 1st three weeks of the month and the last week will be review of activities learned on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Music on Thursday mornings 10:00 - 10:30.

Older Toddler Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 Arrivals - Free choice play
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Bathroom - Diapers
9:30 - 9:45 Circle time
9:45 - 10:15 Art - Activity time
10:15 - 11:00 Indoor - Outdoor activities
11:00 - 11:20 Bathroom - Prepare for lunch
11:20 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:15 Naptime
2:30 - 3:00 Bathroom
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:00 Circle time review - Storybook time
4:00 - 6:00 Free choice playtime - Goodbyes

Preschool Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 Arrivals and free choice activities
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Diapers and bathroom
9:30 - 9:45 Circle time, Worship, Pledge of Allegiance and calendar
9:45 - 10:20 Curriculm
10:20 - 10:30 Check diapers and bathroom
10:30 - 11:00 Outside time or inside free choice time (weather permitting)
11:00 - 11:20 Diapers, bathroom and circle time before lunch
11:20 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:15 Check diapers and bathroom
12:15 - 2:45 Quite rest time
2:45 - 3:00 Diapers and bathroom
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:00 Circle time, Workship, Bible story, favorite songs and math
4:00 - 5:00 Outside time or inside free choice time (weather permitting)
5:00 - 6:00 Diapers, bathroom and goodbyes


Pre - Kindergarten Daily Schedule

8:00 - 11:00 Story time, journal writing
11:00 - 11:45 P.E. / Recess & free choice
11:45 - 12:00 Clean up, wash for lunch, prayer
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 Bible & quite time / ASL (1:00 - 1:30)
1:30 - 2:00 Curriculum review
2:00 - 3:00 Handwriting, numbers, language dev. review
2:30 - 3:00 Yoga Kids
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 6:00 Free Choice

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school