​​​​Temecula, CA 92592, USA

(951) 240-7341

​LIC# 334840644

Operating Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

To schedule a visit please contact Tammy Meyer at: (951) 240-7341 or teachertammy@childcenteredhome.com

     The Child Centered Home

            Wonder. Learn. Grow. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Environment: The Third Teacher

The environment of The Child Centered Home is designed as a child-friendly space for living and learning. We derive great inspiration from the child-sized, sensory-focused environments advocated for by Maria Montessori, the nature-based learning environments of the Waldorf Schools, and the aesthetically pleasing environments of the Reggio Emilia schools of Italy. In Reggio Emilia schools the environment is regarded as the third teacher (parent being first and teacher being second). What this means is that children can learn a lot from the environment where they spend their time.

At The Child Centered Home you will see carefully planned learning centers arranged to stimulate the different areas of child development: Creative, Cognitive, Social, Emotional, Physical, and Language. 

The Preschool Room is a dedicated preschool classroom where the children have access to a variety of different learning activities. The preschool classroom promotes independence and  decision making by allowing the children to decide which activities they want to engage in.

  • * There are a variety of puzzles at different levels of difficulty to strengthen each child's cognitive development and problem solving skills. Puzzles are a good self-correcting, structured toys because children can see immediately if it has been put together correctly.
  • * The children have access to games and manipulatives. Games encourage the children to work cooperatively with each other, while open-ended toys like manupulatives are great for strengthening fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. 
  • * There is an extra large dry erase board on the wall for children to share. Drawing and practicing writing while standing helps children gain strength in their shoulders and arms because they are working against gravity.
  • * In the Preschoool Room we focus on our Get Set For School curriculum. This is PreK curriculum that uses hands on learning activities and music to develop skills necessary for kindergarten: language proficiency, social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, color and shape awareness, letter and number recognition, and counting. The PreK children (4 & 5 year olds) practice their skills in their Get Set For School workbooks, while the younger preschool age children (2 & 3 year olds) gain experience by learning the songs and experimenting with the Learning Without Tears materials. www.lwtears.com

The Family Room is a Special room with an extensive library of books and a variety of open ended activities for the children to chose from. This room serves as a gathering area for the children while meals are being prepared, and is also our rest area after a busy day of exploration.

The Dining Area is where the children gather for their family-style meals.  All meals are provided (breakfast, lunch, and snacks - see schedule for more details).  During meal times the children learn how to serve themselves, sit and eat as a group, and try new foods. Table manners are modeled and encouraged. Child sized cups, utensils, plates, and serving utensils are utilized.

The Outdoor Environment at The Child Centered Home is a

Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. We have created an outdoor space

that celebrates the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of each

child. We believe that any learning experience that can occur inside can occur

outside. In fact, we believe children learn best in outdoor environments. The goal

of our outdoor learning environment is to provide vast opportunities for physical

movement, hand-on learning activities, social learning experiences, and multifaceted,

cognitive development connections. Our outdoor environment is an ever evolving

space that is planned and developed based on the children's emerging interests.