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Sunshine Preschool

1035 Grayson Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 848-4800


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • 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 Staff use sign language as they speak, so that deaf and hard of hearing children can be included.

From the Director:

Developmental appropriate child-centered curriculum that takes into account all areas of development, including emerging literacy, fine and gross motor skills, math and science concepts and social-emotional growth. The classroom uses a total communication approach where adults are signing and speaking simultaneously. CHildren are taught sign language as part of the curriulum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Recognizing the individual needs of each child, curriculum and activites can be adapted. With the diversity of students on our capus, as well as staff who are Deaf and/or Hard Of Hearing, we are an excellent model of inclusion and know how to best meet the individual needs of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission


Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school