Christ Church Portola Valley logo

Youth/Preschool

Philosophy and Curriculum

Carillon Preschool believes that children learn through play. They acquire knowledge through participation and observation in both group and independent activities. Our child-centered curriculum encourages choice-making, autonomy, and social competence. The exploration of music and movement, science and nature, families and culture, art and drama, language and numbers is integrated into the preschool day. Indoor and outdoor activities are planned with a concern for individual needs and developmental differences.

The children gather together for weekly chapel to celebrate the joy of living in God’s world. Students of all faiths worship together to explore common bonds, and create awareness of the needs of others.

Our curriculum is based on monthly thematic units which may be either teacher or student motivated. During the month, the dramatic play area, art projects, and circle time reflect the theme. In addition, we integrate age appropriate science, phonics, handwriting and math using the following programs as guides:

  • Zoo-phonics
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • The preschool has a large fenced yard with a redwood forest, space to ride bikes, play house, a climbing structure, sand area, easel painting area, water table, pet rabbits, digging area, vegetable garden, and composting system.

    ArrowIcon BloggerIcon AimIcon DeliciousIcon PaperIcon EtsyIcon FacebookIcon FilmStripIcon FlickrIcon CameraIcon LaunchIcon GooglePlus2Icon GooglePlusIcon HeartIcon InformationIcon InstagramIcon LastfmIcon FrontCameraIcon LinkedInIcon EmailIcon MoneyIcon ItunesIcon MyspaceIcon OpenTableIcon PayPalIcon PencilIcon PersonIcon PhotoIcon PicasaIcon PinterestIcon PodcastIcon RssIcon ShoppingCartIcon SoundCloudIcon StarIcon TableProjectIcon TheCityIcon TumblrIcon Twitter2Icon TwitterIcon TypepadIcon VideoIcon VimeoIcon WordPressIcon YelpIcon YoutubeIcon