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Capri Preschool

850 Chapman Drive
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 341-7125


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We feel that children learn best through hand on experiences through play. Teachers set up the environment to encourage learning in all areas of development. Our program incorporates both teacher and child directed activities throughout the day.

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
  • literacy games, dry-erase writing boards, magnetic letters, as well as many other manipulatives that teach language skills
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counters, sorting activities, number cards, 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
  • magnet sets, magnifying glasses with specimens, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • singing, dancing, finger play, etc.
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

From the Director:

We follow a structured daily routine that incorporates free choice activities, discovery centers, as well as large group instruction and teacher directed small groups. We also feel it is important for children to engage in their environment through hands on experiences. Our main goal is that children will mature in all areas of development in our program and be fully prepared to enter kindergarten.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We break up into small groups based on developmental level in specific areas of instruction. This allows children to have more individualized focus in each area of development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool program provides playful, hands-on learning experiences that are based on the High-Scope curriculum. Qualified preschool teachers know what's expected in kindergarten and plan fun-filled activities that help children build the social and pre-academic skills they'll need later for success in school.

A Typical Day

As children arrive at 8:30 a teacher is there to welcome them.

The classroom is set up for children to choose a discovery center to work in. After about twenty minutes children clean up and come to the large carpet for circle time.

Circle time consists of counting, music, story time, literacy activities, etc., which will introduce them to the topic for the day.

At 9:20 children are dismissed to their small groups in which they will have teacher directed activities planned (including art projects, writing activities, math concepts, science, cooking, etc.).

At 10:00 we go outside for play.

At 10:30 children come in for snack, where they are able to help set the tables and serve themselves. After snack children can choose an area of the classroom to work in (example; blocks, dramatic play, writing center, library area, math or science area, etc.).

At 11:15 children clean up and come to the large carpet for good-bye circle time.

Parents arrive at 11:30.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent conferences are held at least twice a year as well as informal conferences as needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

At parent orientation prior to the first day of school teacher advises parents on tips to ease separation anxiety. For children having a hard time teacher and parent will discuss an appropriate plan of action for the individual child.