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Mustard Seed Preschool

18555 NW Rock Creek Blvd
Portland, OR 97229-3285

(503) 645-9248

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teaching staff go to great lengths to find the communication style that each child can comprehend.

We enroll in seminars/continuing education classes to learn the most current method of identifying possible behavioral or educational issues and incorporate new methods to instruct appropriately.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The school motto is the same as our church sponsor, Sunset Covenant Church, which is "Come as you are."

We are teaching our students the value of others and themselves, how to be good citizens in the classroom as well as preparing them for kindergarten.

This includes academics, social skills training and the development of compassion and kindness.

A Typical Day

Our day starts with Free Choice time. This is where the children receive instruction in problem solving, being kind to their peers, etc. This part of the program allows the students to experience the world around them with their eyes, hands, imaginations, etc.

Circle Time or learning time follows Free Choice time. This is where the curriculum for the day is introduced and where they follow a daily routine of soluting the flag, working with the calendar, learning weather observations, alphabet and numeric recognitions.

Snack time follows with a time for books and puzzles.

Outside play is where the children experience the wonder of nature and fun as they climb, slide or run thru the playground. This is another opportunity for social skills training as we're teaching them how to be good friends, in an active environment.

Craft or Project time follows where the students exercise their ability to follow instruction and create curriculum based projects for display or to take home. This is where they would also practice their writing skills if the curriculum calls for it.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on