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Sunny Patch Preschool

7601 Sangiovese Dr
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

(916) 358-5720


Welcome to the Sunny Patch Preschool which inspires a love of learning with a comprehensive program that meets or exceeds the California State Standards for preschool and prepares them for success in kindergarten.

Choosing our preschool is an honor for us. We uphold the highest quality of education while nurturing the child’s innate curiosity about our world and how to function within it.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Sunny Patch Preschool's thematic, integrated curriculum allows each child to excite their natural curiosity by exploring their world through structured learning opportunities and creative play. Our program uses traditional educational strategies yet incorporates the Montessori ideals by allowing the child to navigate and choose their own learning through the use of workshops. Due to the increasing demands of California schools, it is important for children to have a basic social/educational experience prior to entering kindergarten.

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Sunny Patch Preschool uses a comprehensive program that meets or exceeds the California State Standards for preschool and prepares them for success in kindergarten. Language, math, social science, science, music, movement, and art are all embedded in a thematic curriculum which allows the natural curiosity in young learners to thrive. Developmentally speaking, children learn through play. It is our goal for your child to “play” while fostering the development of cognitive, creative, social, physical, and emotional skills they will use in their lives. Each day your child will be provided with multi-sensory activities to pique their curiosity and encourage them to learn through play. These activities include: • Dramatic Play: self motivated play with dress up costumes, puppets, kitchen with food, workbench with screwdrivers and hammers • Sensory Tables: hands-on activities, pouring, scooping, digging, and exploring with rice, sand, foam, pebbles, water, play dough, shaving cream, etc. • Circle Time: calendar, weather, songs, rhymes, puppets, musical instruments, academic concepts introduced and practiced • Fine Motor Skills: pre-writing skills, cutting, gluing, coloring, tracing, handwriting, lacing beads, dressing boards • Large Motor Skills: outdoor free play on play structure, organized games with an emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship, practicing movement skills such as hopping, running, walking, skipping, galloping, dancing, tossing • Workshop: small group instruction at the tables when finished with the lesson children have the freedom to choose a skill they would like to practice for the day • Sensory Activities / Reality Experiences: cooking, gardening, watching a life cycle (butterfly/frog/ or ladybug), weekly art associated with a letter of the alphabet, sink or float fun, pumpkin explorations, art easels, etc. The following are academic concepts that your child will encounter over their learning experience: Early Literacy Concepts: • Zoo Phonics – letter a week introduction and practice • Letter Recognition (capital and lower case) • Distinguish vowels and consonants • Read aloud books with comprehension questioning • Rhyming games • Opposites • Beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words • Blending of sounds to read and write words • Introduction to sight words (AKA: high frequency words) Writing Concepts: • Prewriting tactile skills – sand trays, foam, paint, rainbow letters • Full name – with paper and pencil • Alphabet - capital and lower case letters using primary lined paper • Consonant – Vowel – Consonant words (AKA : CVC words) • Simple sentences - both self started and teacher prompted (AKA: dictated) • Numbers Math Concepts: • Calendar concepts: days of the week, months of the year • Colors and Shapes • Sorting by attributes • Patterning • Counting with one to one correspondence • Number writing and recognition • Math Language: positional words, more/less, comparison • Measurement • Money – coin identification • Telling time on digital and analog clocks • Addition and Subtraction using manipulatives • Estimation Social Development: • School Rules and Safety • Self expression through music, singing, dancing • Use of manners • Friends and Family – people and traditions • Feelings • Community helpers and Neighborhood • Problem solving Science Concepts: • Growth Sequences – apples, pumpkins, butterflies, frogs, etc. • Our Bodies – skeletons • Cooking and Nutrition • Our five senses: hear, touch, smell, taste, sight • Weather • Animals – Farm and Zoo • Garden Concepts • Bugs • Ocean

From the Director:

Sunny Patch Preschool strives to create an atmosphere in which your child feels loved, protected, and respected. With this security surrounding them, each child will be able to explore, create, sing, cook, paint, build, grow, read, write, and just have fun while learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Sunny Patch Preschool has a 6 child to 1 teacher ratio. This small class size allows for the teachers to connect with each child through small group activities and one on one instruction to reach each individual’s educational goals. Children are taught to use essential social tools to cooperate with others, value respect, use manners, and exercise self discipline. Through these skills a child gains tremendous self-confidence.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule for Preschool Program:

8:30 – 8:50: Parent Drop-off time
 Fine motor skill: name write, cutting practice, etc.
 Daily class graph question
 Dramatic and Sensory free play

8:50 – 9:10: Circle Time
 Calendar
 Morning message and review daily class graph
 Letter introduction and activity
 Nursery rhyme
 Math Concept

9:10 – 10:00: Learning Workshop

10:00 – 10:10: Story time – reinforces morning lessons

10:10 – 10:50: Wash hands, Snack, Outdoor play
 Balanced Healthy Snack
 Sensory Tables
 Sand box and water tables
 Outdoor games, bikes, and scooters

10:50 – 11: 00: Theme Focus Circle Time - Social Studies, Science, Physical Education

11:00 – 11: 20: Theme Related Activity – varied depending on circle lesson

11:20 – 11:30: Daily Wrap- up and dismissal
 Review what we learned and announcements

11:30 – 12:15: Optional: Lunch Bunch (additional fees apply)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The reference to “our” preschool includes you, the parents. We believe that building a relationship with the child and his/her family creates a strong unified team and in return makes preschool a more enriched experience. We provide monthly newsletters that inform the parents of what learning is taking place in our class and often times invites volunteers to help with special projects. Parents are welcomed to be as involved as they would like to be in our program.