What children learn when they play…

People ask me, “What are the children learning? They are just playing….”

Play is a child’s work. To create an open ended environment, where children feel they can choose without limitations, takes an eye for knowing what children are interested in and allowing them to explore. Here are a few examples of what are children are learning:

When we easel paint we learn to develop eye hand coordination, imagination, relationships to size and space, symmetry, and that my ideas have value.

When I play dress up I learn to be flexible in my thinking, to express myself with words, to try on different adult roles, to sort and organize, and to improvise in a symbolic way to represent abstract thinking.

When I play in the sand I learn the concepts of color, size, volume and shape, I learn to solve problems, how to negotiate with others, and to observe changes in matter.

When I draw and scribble I learn to hold a pencil, hand eye coordination, concepts of color, shape, and to express myself with words when describing what I have drawn.

These activities go on and on, and with each one there is a skill set being acquired through play.

I have been defending play for 30 years and will continue to do so everyday at La Canada Preschool…please consider coming to play with us.

Our Staff at La Canada Preschool/ How can I get a tour?

I can never say enough about the amazing staff we have at La Canada Preschool. They are the soul of the school, who show the greatest amount of patience and kindness you will ever experience. Mr. Hugo has a way with the children that is both light and strong, as he comes to use with 35 years of working with children, both professionally and personally. Miss Ericka is our lead teacher in the Pre-K and she radiates love and warmth. As a Pre-K teacher for seventeen years she comes to us with a vast knowledge on what is best practice to get your child ready for Kindergarten. Mr. Tony has worked with me for seventeen years, and has an way with the children that is calm and reassuring. He has a great intuition about observing the small nuances’s of each child and it comes through in his interactions. Miss Melissa works with us part time as a teachers aide, and brings her daughter Lilah to school with her. Miss Lori also is a part time teachers assistant who brings her daughter Isis with her as well.

We would love to have you come visit us for a tour: Monday through Thursday by appointment : email is best:

lacanadapreschool@gmail.com

or

818-790-2764

Thank you for your consideration,

debbie

Creating a school family

One of the most important things we do here at La Canada Preschool is create a school family. When your child comes to preschool they enter the big world for the first time away from home. Here they will look to form a secure attachment with others. When you come to visit us you will notice how connected the teachers are to the children. Parents have told me that what makes our school stand out are the close connections they see between each teacher and all the children.

Our school family concept is promoted through an ongoing discussion we have with the children about being mindful with each other just like we are with our family at home. In the school family framework we teach children how to resolve conflict through respectful communication skills. We discuss how we take care of each other and work through our differences.

While there are many good preschools there are few environments where it feels like family. Consider coming to see our school family for a visit.

What do you need to know about enrolling at La Canada Preschool

We are all so busy, so by the time you read this maybe what you are looking for is what do I need to enroll at La Canada Preschool?

1. We have a choice of four programs: M-F 9 a.m till 12 noon, $620.00 per month, MWF a.m. 475.00 per month. T-TH a.m. $350.00 per month,

and Pre-Kindergarten 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. $650.00 per month. You can combine programs, and there is extended care for the morning students till 1:00 p.m.

2. There are two extra fees: $195.00 registration and a fundraising charge of $300.00, both once a year.

3. You are responsible for NO FUNDRAISING, meaning no time from you is spent to raise money for the school.

4. What sets us apart is we are a small, intimate environment, with only 30 children in the morning and 15 in the Pre-Kindergarten.

5. Our staff is highly educated, with teachers having masters degrees in education as well as children’s art.

Email us at lacanadapreschool@gmail.com or call 818-790-2764. Tours are available any day by appointment. Email is best:)

 

What is it you are looking for in a preschool? Is love on the list….

When you are looking for a preschool, what is it that is on the list of qualities you are looking for?

Here is a sample of what parents have shared with me:

1. A loving enviroment

2. Low teacher/student ratios

3. A place where their child is accepted for who they are

4. A place where their child will be prepared for the next level of their education

5. Open and constant communication

Here at La Canada Preschool one quality parents say they feel is present is the love we show the children. In the fearful world we live in many schools are afraid to hug, hold or show loving gestures towards a child. I believe this is a disservice, and needs to be reinstated as part of the daily curriculum. Without a hug, a hand to hold or a shoulder to cry on where do children feel that loving connection with a teacher? I have been told that we need to let parents know here at La Canada Preschool the love for the children is on the forefront of our interactions. The kindness and acceptance for each child is seen in a teacher holding a child, giving hugs daily and always making time for loving interactions through out the day.

When you child grows up they may not remember when they learned their ABC’s, but their soul will remember that they felt a love for school that will stay with them forever.

What are you looking for in a preschool? Is love on your list?

Are you happy at your current preschool?

Are you happy at your current preschool?