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cottontail cottage waldorf preschool

3066 stephen dr
El Sobrante, CA 94803

(510) 669-0477


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Waldorf, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • a lot of movement and fine motor skils
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • a lot of movement and fine motor skils
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
  • daily routines and a lot of movement
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
  • a lot of movement, balancing, leaveing, rolling big treestumps.....
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • singing
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
  • 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 taking care of each other, our self, our animals, and our space

From the Director:

our teaching approach is based on imitation. As adults we model the work, the gestures and the behavior we wish to instill in the children. The adults are continually working on on them selves.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

our days are structured in a way that allows for individual development. If there is any concern about developmental markers the parents are asked to get the opinion of an expert and individual treatment in our program and other therapy will be discussed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are dedicated to the Waldorf philosophy. We believe the natural world, imaginative play, gentle singing and speaking, and a predictable schedule are beneficial to the development of the human being at this young age. We also believe that watching TV and movies and playing at the computer is harmful to young children.

A Typical Day

free imaginative play with natural materials and toys made of natural materials. The adults are working, either to prepare a meal, for example pizza which the children then help with, or doing a craft sometimes including the children.
wholesome snack (hand washing, bathroom)
clean up and brief rest
circle time, movement to seasonal songs and verses
outside imaginative play and a 20 - 45 minute walk
come inside (bathroom, hand washing)
story time
wholesome cooked meal
pick up
or lay down for nap

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

we have regular check ins during drop off and pick up. Parents or teachers call with any concerns. We have little festivals throughout the year and family dinners with conversations.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The parents are invited to stay with their child until it feels comfortable in the environment and the routine, and is ready to stay with the support of a helping and loving teacher and peer group friends.