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Trinity Christian School

10900 SW 121st Avenue
Tigard, OR 97223

(503) 590-5683


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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       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • early readers
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, activity pages,
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Hand held musical instruments for use during specific exploratory times
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
  • 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
  • Play activities are cycled through on different days so children have opportunities for a lot of types of play
Other subjects taught Bible (weekly Bible stories with verses), music, sign language, some Spanish, nutrition, science, cooking and much more

From the Director:

We strive to plan engaging play activities that teach social skills and build foundations for academic skills. We also feel that traditional approaches to academic instruction (teacher led with student participation) are key to student learning as well.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers at Trinity Christian take students where they are at when they come in and work to move them ahead. Children at this level vary a lot, and teachers take that into consideration as they plan their events, challenging those that are 'excelling' to try something new, while trying to reinforce concepts with those that are struggling.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Trinity Christian Preschool is dedicated to the personal development and support of each child. We do this by providing an academic, social, and spiritual foundation on which children can build in upcoming years. This learning is done in fun and creative ways that include unique crafts, learning centers, and thematic units. We value each child as an individual, and seek to help them grow while having fun at school.

A Typical Day

A typical day in a preschool classroom would include:

Open play time for large and small motor development

Circle time during which lessons of the day including calendar and weather activities are presented

Center time or Craft time during which a thematic craft is created or other learning activities related to the current theme or academic concepts are explored

Recess time outdoors on our play structure if weather cooperates

Snack time

Story time/Circle time

Miscellaneous other activities

(Order of events and specific activities vary from class to class)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At Trinity there are a variety of ways in which we communicate with parents. These include monthly newsletters from the director, monthly newsletters and calendars from the teachers, parent-teacher conferences when appropriate, opportunities for moms to connect during preschool time, and email correspondence with parents when needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is handled on an individual basis. It usually occurs in the 3's class because this is a first exposure to school for many of these students. Because of that, we have an abbreviated schedule the first week of class for the 3's class. In all of the classes, the first day is one where parents come and stay with their children and get familiar with the classroom, other students, and the teachers.