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Holy Cross Preschool

900 Alameda De Las Pulga
Belmont, CA 94002

Phone:
(650) 631-9338

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

A flexible stucture appropriate for the age group we are working with.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At the Holy Cross Preschool, it is our aim to provide the environment for optimal growth within a developmentally approproate framework. We are committed to allowing each child the opportunity to learn at his/her own level and to experience success as mastery advances. It is our job to create the finest environment in which that can happen.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Recognizing that a preschool experience is the child�s first step into the world beyond the family, we strive to be accepting of the child as a unique individual, aware of individual emotional and educational needs, loving and supportive. Within this context, it is our goal to provide challenging new experiences, opportunities to build relationships with other children and adults, and a rich variety of activities leading to mastery of appropriate skills and overall school readiness.
At the Holy Cross Preschool, it is our aim to provide an environment for optimal growth within a developmentally appropriate framework. We are committed to allowing each child the opportunity to learn at his/her own level and to experience success as mastery advances. It is our job to create the finest environment in which that can happen.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"9:00 - 10:30 - Inside Time
10:30 - 10:50 - Circle Time
10:50 - 11:00 - Potty Time
11:00 - 11:15 - Snack Time
11:15- 11:45 - Outside Time
11:45 - Noon - Story
Noon - Dismissal

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child exhibits separation anxiety differently and because of this, separation anxiety is handled by Holy Cross Preschool on an individualized basis.