”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. - Nelson Mandela
As a family preschool provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, academically and socially at a pace that’s best for them. I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property.
In Beyond Alphabets In-Home Licensed preschool, our youngest learners will shine brightly. We aim to create the warmest classroom for your children. We’ve provided students from 2 to 5 years old with a rich and diverse learning environment. Our goal is to provide a preschool experience that prepares children for future success, in school, and in their life, allowing them to solve problems in a safe and loving environment. We focus on our students practicing how to get along with others in order to prepare them to be competent and responsible individuals. Beyond Alphabets Preschool is located in Mission Viejo, California. We encourage both staff and students alike to grow, learn and create each passing day.
We’re focused on creating an enriching program centered around reading, writing, math, science, art, and outdoor play. We frequently plan field trips and book fairs to engage our students beyond the classroom. We’ve seen many of our students achieve school readiness in all areas of academic and social learning.
Our goal l is to have fun, improve social skills, and encourage creative expression. We utilize a variety of activities to accomplish this goal. Free play, reading, writing, arts and crafts, music/singing, dancing, dramatic play/pretend, puzzles, and educational TV/videos are just some of the activities we will be doing. Some of the activities include arts & crafts, music, math, science, stories, games, as well as letter, shape, color, and number recognition in a monthly theme format. Some of the projects will be taken home to share with the family. The monthly activity schedule is posted on the bulletin board. The goal of preschool is to have fun and provide a little extra learning stimulation for all children. It will not be a rigorous academic program as young children still learn best from participating in and observing the environment around them. Music helps to develop young brains and will play a strong role in day-to-day activities. We may have special music activities and may also play music during other activities, for example, during arts and crafts or meal times. Pick up homework is on every Monday and return finished homework is on every Friday. We call Friday “Fun day” because it is toy share day and children enjoy that a lot. For toy share day each child can bring only one toy.
To support our children growing into their best self, we provide all our students with homemade organic food, fresh fruits, and vegetables. We serve nutritious meals to all our students. Lunch/Snack menus for the week are posted at the front door; and all menus are available for parents to look at per their request. We believe mealtime should be a pleasant time; therefore, children are always offered food but are not forced to eat it. We encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything, and they must eat a little of everything before given seconds of anything. We find that many times, our students are surprised by what they like!
Communication + Parent Involvement
Communication is very important to us at Beyond Alphabets. When we accept new families, we like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar preschool philosophy between us. We welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the child(ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular preschool hours either by telephone or conference. Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child’s care; however, should you like to have a conference, you may request one at any time.
At Beyond Alphabets, we publish a monthly lesson plan that will explain some of the activities we are doing, our current curriculum themes, events that will be happening during that month, my days off, and any other pertinent or fun information that may be of interest to parents.
There will be times and ways you can get involved in your child’s preschool experience. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in any or all of these. Some examples of ways to be involved include:
- Chaperoning on field trips
- Lending objects for units of study
- Coming and talking about your job, when asked
- Helping your child at home with the concepts we are studying here (see monthly lesson plan).
- Helping your child prepare for “Show and Tell”
- Helping to provide treats or other items for our parties.
Birthdays + Celebration
At Beyond Alphabets, everyday is a special day, but on specific days, we like to celebrate. Each child’s birthday is his/her “Special Day.” We will always have a birthday gift for our students, given to them from our educators and the other students. We ask that if they would like it to be celebrated, parents provide a cake, cupcakes, or treats for your child’s special day. Occasionally, we also host holiday parties throughout the year. If you’re interested in participating, we’d love for you to volunteer and be a part of planning special days for our community!
Our Approach to Discipline
My philosophy is that you use discipline to teach a child. I achieve this through love, consistency, and firmness. I stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for property. The children are explained the rules of the preschool home frequently, so they are all familiar with the guidelines. Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. Young children, especially, who are not adept at communication; have a hard time expressing their feelings. Sometimes they hit or throw toys, etc. Although teaching children appropriate behavior is what I will be doing, remember that this behavior is normal in most cases. The following methods of discipline will be used: · Encourage children to solve problems themselves · Intervention and discussion · Re-direction to another play area · Loss of privileges · Time out If I feel there is a chronic behavioral issue that needs attention, I will let you know so that you and I are handling it in the same way and your child has continuity in discipline between our homes. These types of behaviors might include such things as biting, use of bad words, chronic hitting, etc. Together, we will try to find a solution. You may be called to remove your child if his/her behavior prevents me from being able to properly care for the other children. If the problem continues, other arrangements for the care of the child will have to be made, for the safety and well being of all. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name-calling or isolation used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment. As a home care provider, I have a responsibility by law to recognize and report any evidence of child abuse— physical or emotional-or neglect. This is strictly for the benefit of your child.
Occasionally, we may have the opportunity to take a field trip. All children will be placed in safety-approved car seats as required by State laws. You may be requested to provide a car seat for the day and/or pay any fees associated with the trip. You will be required to sign a permission slip that I will carry with me. I also carry copies of the emergency forms with a picture of each child attached. In the event of an emergency away from the preschool home, your child will be cared for and you will be notified. It is not required that your child attends the field trip, but it will be your responsibility to find and pay for alternate care if you do not wish for them to attend. You still pay your regular preschool fees.
Lead Teacher + Director, Mrs. Rad
Mrs. Rad has been a fantastic preschool teacher for four years. She has 12 years of experience as an Art Teacher. Mrs. Rad taught art for those years to children from preschool age to 6th grader. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Art. Mrs. Rad is State Licensed, First Aid and CPR Certified. She also has complete Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Child Development Coursework. Mrs. Rad has created her own preschool to create a safe, loving and educational environment.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.