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Frog Hollow Preschool

1635 Jaynes Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 525-2566

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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
  • Tape recorder to record children's stories
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • tangrams, shape sorting games, etc..
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
  • lots of opportunities to find salamanders, worms, etc. outdoors
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music class with Bonnie Lockhart, Mondays
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • YAWS art class for 3 1/2 - 5 yr olds weekly
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
  • Trips to Tutland park Tuesday/Fridays
Other subjects taught We enjoy cooking projects, nature walks, field trips to Lawrence Hall of Science, fire stations, Tilden, Berkeley Marina

From the Director:

Children have a lot choices day to day as to what activities they participate in. There are weekly and bi-weekly classes in art, movement, music and storytelling which are 'teacher-led' however.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Frog Hollow is a family style, in-home nursery school with a developmental approach to learning. The focus of our school is in the areas of nature, lots of time outdoors, and the arts including enrichment in music, movement/drama and visual arts.

A Typical Day

8-9am breakfast provided upon parental request

8:30-9:30am free play indoors, art activities set up

9-10am choice of indoor or outdoor play/art activities

10-10:20am snack time

10:20-noon depends on day of week:

Monday is music class and free play, Tuesday is story time at library for half of group/small group time for other half, Wednesday is movement class, then free play, Thursday is art class for older children (YAWS)/small group time for younger children, Friday is free play, art/puzzles, cooking, etc.. (choice of activities)

12-12:20pm lunch

12:20-1:30pm indoor/outdoor play, Tuesday/Friday is Tutland Park

1:45-2pm 2nd snack

2-3:15pm stories, story tapes, rest or nap time

3:30-4pm snack, get ready for parents by 4pm

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Informal day to day communication, phone calls, family pot lucks 4 times/year, parent/teacher conferences in late Jan/early Feb each year.Only if parents are seeking advice/assistance will we make recommendations regarding readiness.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Begin talking about how some children will be going on to Kindergarten by late Spring - ask children about visits to their new schools, talk about graduation traditions at Frog Hollow...