Darling South Orange County Christian Preschool

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One of our sponsors, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and School, a darling South Orange County Christian school is having a Preschool Information Day coming up next week I wanted to share with you.

Abiding Savior Preschool is a Christ-centered, developmental learning environment for children between the ages of 2.8 to 5 years of age.

My nephew goes to Abiding Savior. Here he is in his class at the front table surrounded by cute girls (smart boy, right?)…

The preschool offers weekly chapel, a vegetable and flower garden, music, indoor and outdoor activities, credentialed teachers, extracurricular activities such as dance, sports and Spanish, along with extended care and summer programs.

You can take your children and learn more at their special information day coming up.

Here is the info:

Abiding Savior Preschool Information Day

Classes for children age 3 to Pre K

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

8:45am – 11:30am

Meet in the Adult Education room for coffee at 8:45am where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program and tour the preschool classrooms. Children are welcome.

Please RVSP to Director of Admissions Paula Carroll at 949-830-1460, ext. 133 or email pcarroll {at}

Preschool Summer Camp 2013

Summer is almost here! If you are looking for a fun Christian preschool summer camp for your kiddo, you have to check out Abiding Savior’s Preschool Summer Camp Program.

Preschool summer camp is open to children who are 3 years old and potty-trained through age 5 and entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

They offer flexible enrollment with 2, 3 and 5-day weekly camp sessions with 3 convenient time options:

Morning only: 9am – 12pm

Morning plus: 9am – 3:30pm

Full day: 7am – 6pm

They also offer optional occasional use of extended care for only $8/hour. Such a nice option for OC mamas!

For those moms interested in looking into South Orange County Christian private schools beyond the preschool years, Abiding Savior has classes up to 8th grade.  Please contact Paula for more information about their wonderful school. 

[Disclosure: Abiding Savior is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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St. John’s Episcopal School

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It is hard to believe it is already August and the new school year will be here before you know it.  For those of you in South Orange County who might be exploring great private school options, I wanted to let you know more about St. John’s Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Nurturing children ages 8 weeks (YES, 2 months!) through 8th grade, their program is teaching community dedicated to helping every child reach their full potential.

Here are some program highlights:

St. John’s cares for children as young as two months old for mothers who are heading back to work in their unique infant program. With a ratio of 3:1 and maximum class size of 6 babies, you can feel comfortable knowing that your baby is receiving love and attention while you are away from them during the day.

Many parents are choosing private education for their children for the added benefit of smaller class sizes. For example, a typical Kindergarten class at St. John’s would consist of 16 – 18 kids, with one teacher and  one instructional teacher’s aide.  The maximum class size for K – 2nd is 20 students, and all have an aide, for a 10:1 student to teacher ratio.

Because of smaller class sizes, teachers are able to provide every student more individual, tailored instruction to help them learn and grow in the ways that are the most effective and enjoyable for them.

Students are encouraged to investigate areas of interest, strengthen skills and participate in a dynamic learning environment.

Lower ratios mean that teachers really get to know each child as an individual and all the teachers communicate with each other from one grade to the next, to make for smooth grade transitions and consistent learning year after year.

Whether your baby is transitioning from the infant to Toddler 1 class, or from 5th grade into middle school, all the teachers work together to ensure the student’s best interest is always at heart.

St. John’s core curriculum is supplemented by a variety of enrichment classes taught by specialists in each area to appeal to all students, giving them a chance to explore their different interests and talents.

A sample of their enrichment classes include: library, media center, music, choir, physical education, Spanish, studio art, performing arts (6th – 8th), science, technology and religion.

St. John’s offers an extended care program so your child is able to stay at St. John’s from 7am to 6pm to accommodate your personal schedule. The after care program includes play-based activities, recreation, arts, crafts, quiet study-time area with computers, character education and an exceptional staff.

I happen to love this one because I think character development in children is just as important as academic development.

St. John’s is an inclusive Christian school focused on morals, values and spirituality and welcomes students of all faiths.

They have a school wide “virtue of the week” where a different character virtue, for example, “integrity” is introduced and talked about each week.

There are still spots open for your child for the start of the 2012-2013 school year and St. John’s invites you to come to learn more this Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 9am.  Details on the flyer above!

[Disclosure: St. John’s is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

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Resurrection Lutheran Preschool Huntington Beach

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Looking back, I had no idea just how important choosing the right preschool would turn out to be when touring schools for my oldest daughter a few years ago.

But after experiencing the transition from preschool to now Kindergarten, I realize that a child’s preschool experience plays a huge part in their Kindergarten readiness. And I am not just talking about academically, but socially and emotionally as well.

So at this tender stage when these little precious humans are learning so much about how to interact with others in a classroom setting, to me, it is important to carefully consider the right preschool for your family. Our preschool truly has become like a second home to my daughters. And you want that home to be filled with loving people that want the best for your child!

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool is a Christian preschool in Huntington Beach that was brought to Tiny Oranges by one of my readers, Dana, and the school subsequently became one of our OC Biz Guide Sponsors. You can visit their listing under “Preschools.”

Offering programs for children ages 2 years 6 months through pre-kindergarten, they have 2-day (Tuesday/Thursday), 3-day (Mon/Weds/Fri) and 5-day classes (Mon-Fri) from 9am – 12pm with an optional “Lunch Bunch” available Monday – Thursday from 12pm – 1:30pm.

And, for those of you who stress about this part, they do NOT have to be potty trained to be in the program *sigh of relief!*

They also have a six-week summer program which is 3 days a week (Tues-Thurs). I think this is an awesome summer schedule to allow you to have your Mondays and Fridays open for travel. This year, the summer program runs from June 19th – July 26th.

When chatting with Dana on the phone (by the way she is completely darling and I felt like we were BFF’s) I asked her what it was she loved so very much about this program and these were the key points:

Small class sizes! With an approximately 1:6 ratio, teachers are able to provide individual attention and small group interaction.

* The loving, caring and supportive teachers who are dedicated to a child’s successful transition to Kindergarten.

* The school’s colorful, creative and cozy environment. 

* The unique daily music enrichment program with a piano teacher.

* Twice monthly chapel.

* Their wonderful Preschool Director who has over 35 years experience with preschool aged children.

* The emphasis on making sure every child is academically, emotionally, socially and physically ready for the big step to Kindergarten.

* Affordable. Now I know this is very subjective, but you can click here to see the tuition rates and if it would be affordable for your family. Siblings receive a 10% discount and they also offer a 10% discount for full payment at the beginning of the school year which roughly equals 1 month of tuition free. Nice!

My biggest piece of advice to anyone looking into preschools is to go out there and TOUR them!  I think I visited about 6 different preschools that all seemed good, but it wasn’t until my 6th stop did I know I had found “The One” for us.

You will get the same feeling.

Enrollment for Summer and Fall 2012 is coming up on March 21st, 2012 at 8:45am, so you will want to contact them ASAP to get more information if you are interested in looking at this school. You are also welcome to stop by anytime on weekdays between 9am – 12pm for a tour.

Visit their website or contact Director Judy Giem via email at judy.giem {@} or 714.962.3919 for more information.

Thank you Dana for sharing your preschool home with us!

[Disclosure: Resurrection Lutheran Preschool Huntington Beach is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Please visit our OC Biz Guide under “Preschools” to see their listing! Photos compliments of Dana.]

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Abiding Savior Lutheran School and Preschool Open House

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Abiding Savior Lutheran School and Preschool in Lake Forest is having a special Open House event this month on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 1 – 3pm and I wanted to share the details in case anyone happens to be looking for a fabulous private Christian school in South Orange County.

The school has preschool (including extended care), Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1st – 8th.

At the Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, learn about the curriculum and schedules, check out their Junior Kindergarten program, and truly get a feel for the school.

As a bonus, special discounts will be available for new families that enroll that attend the Open House! Inquire for details!

And yes, your children are welcome to attend!


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Mission Montessori Parent & Child Class

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Mission Montessori, a wonderful preschool in Mission Viejo has a new Parent & Me class starting next week for any of you out there with littles ones ages 1 1/2 – 3 years. This sort of class is so fun to experience with your child and help ease them into a preschool environment!  Here is the information as given to me by Sara Hooper, the Director…

Mission Montessori will offer a 6-week “Parent & Me” class beginning January 18th, 2011.  The Montessori Parent & Child Program allows children ages 18-36 months to participate in a nurturing and stimulating indoor and outdoor classroom environment with the guidance of a Montessori credentialed teacher and a parent or caregiver.

This is a wonderful way to nurture your child’s budding independence as they prepare for preschool.  Parents will gain hands-on experience with Montessori-inspired activities that can be easily embedded into your daily routine in the home.

Our 6 – week Winter Session runs January 18th through February 22, 2011 from 9:30-10:45 on Tuesday mornings taught by Montessori trained educator Kareen McCarty.  “Ms. Kareen” lives in San Clemente with her husband and 2 little ones ages 1 & 3 and loves teaching and sharing the Montessori curriculum and lifestyle with others.

The 1x a week Parent and Child class is $175.  More information including registration forms can be found HERE.

Call 949.582.3956 or email for registration and more infomation.

{Disclosure: Mission Montessori is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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