Carillon Preschool offers families with children ages 18 months through 5 years 9 months a developmentally-appropriate environment for social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual growth in which each child has opportunities to learn, grow, succeed and flourish. It is a unique balance of creative expression through play, academic readiness and spiritual nurturing.
OUR FOUR PILLARS
Spiritual and Character Development.
We are the only faith-based preschool in Portola Valley. The children attend weekly Chapel to celebrate the joy of living in God’s world and learn that they are deeply beloved children of God. Students of all faiths worship together to explore common bonds, create awareness of the needs of others, and develop compassion. The latest neurological and psychological research shows that the single most determining factor in a child's ability to thrive is having a spiritual life, which must be nurtured in the first decade of life.
Our pedagogy is a blend of play and academics. The 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. Our program is enriched with music, yoga, and field trips. In addition, we integrate age appropriate science, phonics, handwriting and math using the following programs as guides:
We build classroom community through Helping Hands - a weekly responsibility for each child that includes jobs such as setting napkins on the table for snack, ringing the bell for cleanup, or being the line leader to chapel.
Our classes are limited in size in order to provide a more intimate learning environment and more individual attention. Each class has no more than 14 students accompanied by two teachers. The intimate class size that creates a nurturing, secure, and loving environment so that teachers can build relationships with each child and help them learn to the best of their abilities.
Our curriculum is further enriched through weekly cooking projects, science, chapel, yoga, and music.
Our classroom extends outside to the shed (which is filled with bikes and balls), our outdoor playhouse, our set of "Imagination Playground" giant blue blocks, and our large garden.
Our curriculum is structured around monthly thematic units. Art projects are open ended.
Carillon School, which opened its doors in 2004, is an outreach of Christ Episcopal Church. At that time, there was one classroom that served children ages 3-5. We have since grown to four programs.
The name Carillon comes from the bell tower that heralds the noon hour and the beginning of church services on Sundays. Together, the preschool and the church offer a full spectrum of opportunities for families through parenting classes, guest speakers, playgroups, and spiritual enrichment.