Parents/Guardians call us their "second family", and Woodcrest families love our programs!
All Woodcrest Preschool classrooms use the Kindness Curriculum, an adapted program from Dr. Becky Bailey that focuses on the social and emotional parts of learning. Combined with a STEAM-based academic approach, our programs prepare children for the next step in their education.
Each classroom uses Smart Boards, toys, and lots free-form materials for children to use their imaginations and engage with daily lessons.
Preschool and Pre-K
Ages: 2 – 5 Years Old
Children ages two to five years old learn best through expression and play. As educators, we do our best to help each child reach their potential in a safe and loving environment. Woodcrest Preschool offers Preschool and Pre-K programs for children in the San Fernando Valley, where they learn to boost key development areas. Our curriculum focuses on physical, social, emotional, and language development, cognitive skills, and creativity. Children enjoy playing and learning through stimulating Preschool and Pre-K activities daily. Woodcrest Preschool is proud to incorporate innovative learning in all areas of our curriculum through STEAM learning, enrichment programs, coding robots, and more. Reach out for more information. For over 50 years, our Woodcrest Preschool educators have offered a positive environment where children learn through our educational curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to help our children prepare for Kindergarten. We combine play, academics, yoga, gardening, music, animal exploration, and more. Our monthly themes help our children learn with passion. Our core curriculum focuses on:
Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
Ages: Fifth Birthday After December 2
Woodcrest Preschool offers an exciting and rich Transitional Kindergarten program. In California, students must be at least five years of age to enter a traditional Kindergarten classroom. Transitional Kindergarten offers a perfect solution for students that don’t meet the age requirement for Kindergarten or need an additional year of learning. Woodcrest’s TK program offers children extra time to help build a stronger educational foundation for Kindergarten. Woodcrest Preschool incorporates learning and play through our innovative enrichment programs and curriculum. Contact us for more information. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) utilizes a modified, age-appropriate Kindergarten curriculum. After Transitional Kindergarten, most students are adequately prepared for Kindergarten. Classes are small to ensure students learn at an individualized pace to accommodate all types of learning styles.
Ages: 5 years old to 6 years old – Children must be 5 years old by September 1st to enter into the Woodcrest Kindergarten.
Our private kindergarten programs deliver a traditional curriculum that prepares students for the rigors and routines of structured learning. Our curriculum includes: reading aloud daily, cursive writing, math, social studies, project based learning, technology integration, and movement. Our social and emotional learning curriculum is embedded in all aspects of the day to promote resilience and building self-esteem.
Physical development is the way your child moves her arms and legs (large motor skills) and her fingers and hands (small motor skills). Teachers help children learn these skills by offering different physical activities and equipment. Children run, jump, climb, throw, and catch. Using their hands, they explore materials like paints, playdough, puzzles, sand, and things to write with. By using their bodies actively both indoors and outdoors, children build healthy bones and muscles.
Social development teaches your child how to engage with their peers and their environment. Teachers model respecting the uniqueness of each person and how to work with others. By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may come up during play.
Emotional development lets your child understand his feelings and the feelings of others. Teachers help children recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior. They also teach children concern, and empathy for others. To help children work on building a healthy self-esteem and resiliency, teachers encourage them to explore new things and to keep working on hard tasks.
Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around them. The way children approach learning is an important part of how they develop their thinking skills. For example, children that are able to handle frustration and can focus on the task at hand will have an easier time learning.
Language and literacy development help your child learn to use the interconnected skills of listening, talking, reading, and writing. Teachers also model understanding and communication through active engagement with the children in their class helping children grow their own communication skills and to learn new concepts.
21st Century Learning
The time to begin preparing children for the challenges and demands of the future is when they are young. Children in the early years are curious and excited learners. It is our responsibility as educators to tap into a child’s curious nature and excitement. Woodcrest Preschool incorporates 21st century learning in all facets of the curriculum by using coding robots, smart boards in pre-k, makerspace, and STEAM learning. All of these learning approaches help with critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, technology literacy, and social-emotional development. Children need to begin to develop the early foundational skills that will help them reason, think creatively, analyze data, and work collaboratively in the future.
Artist of the Month
Each month, Woodcrest Preschool students learn about famous art masters. Teachers provide information on the artist’s background, read books, and showcase some of the most famous work. Children are then challenged to create their own master art projects using the techniques and materials of the artist. Art helps build motor skills, language development, decision making, and so
Author of the Month
Woodcrest Preschool chooses an author of the month to help children connect with a story in a deeper way. Students develop and fine tune reading skills, build critical thinking skills, improve writing techniques, and have fun learning more in depth about what they are reading.
Woodcrest works with Reptacular Animals to showcase animals from around the world. Each month, children learn about geography, habitats, eating habits, and most importantly get to interact with the animals. The program teachers about caring for animals and helping to ensure that animals never become endangered.