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Son-Light Preschool

1910 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 865-6367

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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 We are a Christian based program.

From the Director:

The day is more structured than 'free play with some structure' might indicate. There is a schedule to the day, and the teachers do work with and teach the children throughout the day.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Son-Light Preschool is a ministry of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, operated on a non-profit basis and staffed by qualified early childhood personnel. <br><br>The purpose of Son-Light is to provide a Christian atmosphere for children that is supportive and responsive to them. The teachers encourage the spiritual, emotional, social, physical, creative, and cognitive development of the individual child.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:30 Free Play <p>
9:30-9:45 Morning Circle <p>
9:45-10:30 Small Group Learning Centers <p>
10:30-10:45 Large Motor Activities <p>
10:45-11:10 Snack <p>
11:10-11:40 Outside <p>
11:40-12:00 Storytime, Goodbye <p>
Extended hours are available 2 days per week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We create many opportunities for parents to connect with our school, including an open house, learning goals, parent-teacher conferences (preK only), parent education classes, connection to services and activities in the community, annual summaries of student learning, parents' night out, and parents' strategy meetings.<br><br>Depending on the circumstances, we might not provide guidance on kindergartens and elementary schools, might advise in general, or might provide very specific advice, depending on the relationship with the family and the family's needs.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents participate in the classroom once a month.