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Little Seeds Children's Center

2055 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 865-5900


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children need structure, routine, consistency and predictability to achieve a sense of security and certainty of the immediate future. Chldren tend to exhibit behavioral challenges because they have not clue at all how to deal with the future situations. However, we do have guided and supervised free play periods.

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
  • Cards
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Cassette player, turntable, CDs, cassette tapes
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
  • Walks, park days, library trips, Halloween parade, picnics
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We have monthly themes around which circle time, arts, music and movements as well as special days revolve. Monthly newsletters keep parents posted and updated about all the activities. Copies of lesson plans are provided to all parents to keep them on track of everything more specifically on our academic development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program is based on the philosophy that by accepting children as they are, placing them in a warm and loving atmosphere, while providing a creative learning environment, we will be able to encourage the children to attain their full potential.

They come as 'little seeds' then they grow and blossom into potential artists, mathematicians, speakers and more.

A Typical Day

A day formally opens with a 30-minute circle time which is followed by a morning snack.

Afterwards, he/she engages in fine motor development, arts, music and movement.

Outdoor period includes neighborhood walk or outdoor play on either cars or grass area.

Morning is wrapped up with lunch.

There's quiet time of 2-hour nap.

Afternoon is mostly fun and free play as well as music.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters keep parents posted and updated about all of the activities. Copies of lesson plans are provided to all parents to keep them on track of everything, more specifically on our academic development.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have scheduled two visits of one hour each before a child officially starts. Parents may linger for a few minutes to help ease the process. Parents are encouraged to honestly say bye and not simply sneak out.

Favorite toys are allowed to help secure the new child.

Extra attention may be given to the newcomers.