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Little Lion Preschool and Childcare

811 Central Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-8190


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Husband and wife in a home environment, play-based

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Introduction to Portuguese language and music program.

From the Director:

At Little Lion Preschool & Childcare children are encouraged to communicate and participate in group activities, but never pressured. We are play-based and we believe that preschool years are a time for the development of social skills. Learning is experimental and exploratory and each child is an unique and capable individual, with their own strengths and growth areas.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

A small group of no more than 12 children allows us to give individualized attention to a more anxious child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We implement an Early Childhood curriculum with bi-weekly themes posted at our calendar or blog. Academics in Language Arts, Math and Science are introduced based on the children interests and calendar events. Children learn on their own pace through games, manipulative toys, arts and hands on sensory activities.

Our primary goal is on Social Skills: the hard to learn lesson of sharing, taking turns, solving conflicts and being kind and respectful to their peers. We instill the children to develop their independence and confidence along with compassion and patience.

Music is a constant in our house. We sing and dance everyday. Even nap/resting time has a soothing classic music playing in the background.

A Typical Day

Here is a glimpse of a child’s day at Little Lion Preschool & Childcare:

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Children arrive. Free playtime at our spacious playroom/classroom: Thomas table, puzzles, cars, dolls, dress up, Legos. Social interaction:sharing/taking turns, collaborating.

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast time- Introduction to bi-weekly theme,letter and number of the week, singing, counting (Portuguese and English), concepts.

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Outdoor playtime at the City: tricycles riding, outdoor games like follow the leader, green light/red light, hide and go seek, etc. (motor fitness).

9:30 am - 10:30 am - Children are split in 2 groups by age or developmental stage: classroom and outdoors. Children in the classroom make projects, color/paint using different mediums, stamps, practice using scissors, board games, fine motor skills. Once a week: 40 minutes Rock & Jam with Stephanie Pepitone.

10:30 am - 11:00 am - Snack time/story time- Morning snack is accompanied by stories and finger play/ songs in English and Portuguese.

11:00 am - 11:45 am - finishing projects and free playtime in the play structure area (Fazendinha). Gardening, science, nature exploration.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch time. Warm, healthy home cooked meals is served.

1:15 pm - 3 pm - Quiet time/nap

3:30 pm - Wake up and clean mats/blankets inside.

3:45 pm - Snack time.

4:00 pm - Outdoors free play.

5:00 pm - Pick up time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

bi-weekly emails and annual newsletter. Meetings with parents if necessary or requested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide a 2 weeks adaptation period when the child stays for shorter time and gradually increases to a full day.