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2220 Balls Ferry Rd.
Anderson, CA 96007

(530) 365-4905

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

All children do not learn the same way, so we do not teach all children the same way. We teach weekly themes as well as a new Culture each month. We teach our subjects by using hands on materials, pictures, books, music art and food. Some children need or want more structure than others, so we will meet their needs with the appropriate materials. Other children need more open space to explore and touch so we will offer music and dance. We do our grouptimes, inside as well as outside under a tree on a sunny day. Everyday, we will start our grouptimes off the same with the day of the week, what kind of weather, our name game song, the month song and than introduce 1 or 2 new songs. After our singing, we will continue to review what we have previously talked about than expand more on it and read our story. After grouptime, we will follow up with an art project which is related to our theme. We also have ready available themed related activities and games available for the children of their own free choosing.

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
  • fun homework packets, we send home 4 books a week for parents to read with their children.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • color blocks & geometric blocks
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
  • We plant a garden each Spring.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • We have dancing scarves for the children to dance with.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Bring in Art for grouptimes.
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
  • dancing indoors and outdoors.
Other subjects taught We teach Healthy begiinings at our school along with the regular curriculum. Healthy Beginnings is healthy choices regarding healthy foods and healthy living through Physical education. We also do Raising a Reader in our school. We send home a new book bag each week with four books for the parents to read with their child. The following week they return them to receive a new book bag. The children absolutely love it.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have an aid who helps out in our classroom. She will help out with the classroom by having a one on one with a child who is needing it. For the children who is "excelling", we send home "homework packets" or will have them available for school if the child is wanting them. We will not push these onto any child. It is free choice. For a child who is different, we will make room fo rthem to have a space available for them in the classroom which is their on personal space to play or relax.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

This school is about teaching, not day care. We will strive to teach your child empathy, academics (age appropriate), healthy living and eating, art, fine motor skills, and large motor skills. All of these combined will ready your child for Kindergarten and beyond. Providing a safe, non-threatening, and caring atmosphere is essential for the child, parent, and teacher. Communication with a child is very important; we will not talk down to your child. We will get down to their level (height) and speak to them as equals. When a child is doing (or about to do) something wrong we give him/her choices and explain the possible outcome of their choice, thus providing them with the knowledge that doing something right will encourage a positive response from their fellow classmates, parents, and teachers---example-One child gets upset and harms another child. We take both children and sit down with them and ask the one who was harmed how they feel. Meanwhile the one who did the harming must listen, we then ask the child who did the harm if they would like to feel like the other child (their answer will undoubtedly be â??NOâ??). When the child understands that his/her action has hurt the other they will want to apologize and both children can walk away as friends once again. This is a positive response from a negative act that teaches both of the children empathy, cause and effect and friendship.

A Typical Day

8:00-8:30������. .Breakfast
8:30-9:30������. .Outside activities
(large motor skills)
9:30-10:00������Snack(Fluoride treatment)
10:00-11:00�����Groupdtime, (split up to groups/rooms) finger plays,
music, art and stories
11:00-11:30����� . Outside Activities
11:30-12:00�����. Nutritional Lunch
12:00-2:00�����.�Naptime (Teeth brushing)
2:00-2:30������..Outside Activities
2:30-3:00������..Inside Manipulatives
(fine motor skills)
3:30-4:30������..Group time: stories ,finger plays,
music & art (split up to groups/rooms)
4:30-5:00������..Outside Activities (if weather permits)
5:00-5:30 ���� �Inside Activities
(table activities: puzzles, pens & paper, books)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I send out Monthly Newsletters regarding what our themes are for the month and any special days we will be having for those themes. We hold parent/teacher meetings upon the parents request or teachers to talk about their childs growth, our plans to help them along and any discipline problems we feel there are. We make ready flyers and any educational classes for parents available in our community. We keep track of childrens "academic" growth throughout the year and as the children get closer to Kindergarten, we will meet with the parents and chat about where the child is, our goals and talk about school.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Before enrollment, we encourage parent sto bring in their child a few times before they actually start. For them and their child to come and visit for a short time and let the child get use to the school, class, children and teachers. We also encourage them to bring them at different times on each visit. Once the child does start, we will help the child say good bye to the parent, and will sit with the child at our big window so they can wave once more. We will continue to sit with them and chat about all the fun we are going to have. Perhaps read them a book or just let them sit and watch for a while. Usually another child will help by including them in play.