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The Sandbox Family Daycare and Preschool

8633 Gunner Way
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

(916) 367-2883


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Play is childâ??s work. At the Sandbox we believe that children gain knowledge about the world through play with others as well as by oneself. Our approach to teaching is built on the philosophies found in the research based High Scope Curriculum. The philosophy behind the High Scope Curriculum is centered on the belief that children learn best through hands-on-experiences. These experiences are facilitated in both teacher-directed activities as well as child-directed activities at The Sandbox.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program offers a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities. A flexible yet consistent schedule allows our teachers to meet the individual needs of each child. We recognize that all children grow and develop at various rates. Opportunities to develop social, physical, emotional, and cognitive skills are embedded in all preschool and daycare activities. We are dedicated to building self-esteem, encouraging problem solving, and developing creative opportunities that enhance the growth and development of each child. Process, but not product, is valued at our school. We understand that children learn through repeated experiences, socialization, play, and interactions with people and materials. We strive to take advantage of natural learning situations. We emphasize active hands on exploration and focus on helping children learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery.

Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged. There are many opportunities for families to participate in the education of their child. We offer parent occupation days, field trips and class projects.

Frequent communication, the sharing of talents and ideas, and the development of trust between staff and parents are key objectives in our efforts to establish a positive home-school relationship.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
7:00am: Drop off time â?? Sign In, Wash Hands, Quite table activities
8:00am: Wash Hands, Eat Breakfast
9:00am: Morning Circle-Large Group
9:30am: Outside Play (weather permitting)
10:30am: Small Group
11:00am: Work Time
12:00am: Wash Hands and Eat Lunch
12:45pm: Book Time on Nap Mats
1:00pm: Naptime*
2:45pm: Quite Table Activities as Children Wake Up
3:15pm: Snack Time
3:45pm: Outside Play
4:45pm: Closing Circle
5:00pm: Work Time
6:00pm: The Sandbox Daycare and Preschool is Closed

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up