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Albany Preschool

850 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

(510) 527-6403


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • 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
  • 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
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
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Albany Preschool, children are treated with respect and direct their own play activities in a rich, varied environment. Professional staff and parents work together to create a child-centered program addressing the varied physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of the children. Each day, children experience self-directed play in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. As they explore and manipulate their world, children gain confidence in their growing abilities. This learning is enhanced through conversations with other children and caring, involved adults. The role of the teachers is to provide a learning environment that is both challenging and nurturing. As a cooperative community of learners, Albany Preschool recognizes the importance of ongoing education for its adult members. Parent education, staff development, and parent involvement facilitates this learning.

A Typical Day

A typical morning schedule:
8:40 Morning meeting for participating parents
9:00 Greeting circle
9:15 Inside/outside choice of activities
11:00 Clean Up
11:15 Circle time, music, plays, movement games
11:30-11:45 Lunch
11:50 Goodbye Circle
12:00 Time to go home
A typical afternoon schedule:
12:30-12:35 Children and parents arrive Teachers greet children.
12:35-12:50 Circle Time
12:50-2:45 Inside/outside play with blocks, music, sand, bikes, etc. Choice of areas and planned activities
1:30-2:15 Snack Time
2:45-3:00 Clean up Time
3:00-3:15 Small Group Time
3:15-3:30 Circle Time, music, movement games
3:30 End of program