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BunnyBears in-home preschool

6111 Howell Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 567-4214


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

BunnyBears is a childâ??centered rather than adult directed program. Our curriculum emerges from the childrenâ??s interests and investigations. We provide children with rich and stimulating, high quality environment. In building our environment we think about many creative spaces that motivate learning, develop relationships and promote a childâ??s strong sense of self and security. Although our program is not highly structured, we do believe that children need a routine in order to feel safe and secure. In our program we encourage children to work together in small groups and value peer interactions that provide opportunities to learn and explore the environment. Teachersâ?? observations and documentation allows us to better understand each childâ??s learning styles and interests. It also helps us to provide children with the curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to children. BunnyBears is an environmentally friendly school. Taking care of our own garden and school pets, recycling paper and trash will teach children to be respectful and caring towards their own environment. We ask children to be coâ??participants in the organization of our daily life in school (setting up the snack, cleaning up, etc.,) so we could all feel like a part of the Bunnybears community. We work to create a literacy rich environment, which helps children make the connections between the spoken and the written word and that supports preâ??reading skills according to each childâ??s development and personal timeline. BunnyBears highly values and encourages selfâ??expression through a wide variety of methods, including art media, storytelling, dancing, poetry, puppetry, etc. Our outdoor art studio is rich with different kinds of paint and paper, collage and beading materials, clay, play dough, and much more. We encourage children to work on individual as well as group and long term projects. Art studio is a place where children are supported to be free in their own expression of art: finger painting, body painting, footstep pattern making, clay sculpture building, etc All the teachers at BunnyBears School are well educated and experienced in early childhood education. We are committed to continuing our own growth and development as individuals and teachers by reading professional journals, attending workshops and conferences and supporting each other as colleagues.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe the early years of a childâ??s life is the most important for growth and development; and the purpose of early education is to raise creative, thinking, loving children, who believe in themselves. Respectful, trusting and loving relationships between teachers and children, families and school are the key elements in creating the layout for early education.

As an Early Childhood Educators, we see all five selves in each child and acknowledge social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative growth. We strongly believe that supportive, respectful and child-focused environment encourages children to reach their maximum potential. The teacherâ??s role is to support the environment and guide children toward selfâ??discovery through art, music, literacy and dramatic play in small and large group activities. Although we agree that Early Childhood programs shouldnâ??t be highly structured, we do believe that children need a simple routine in order to feel safe and secure in their environment.

Having studied in the field of Early Education, we are strong advocates for childrenâ??s free play, which develops the creative aspect of the childâ??s personality. We see creative dramatic play and constructive play as tool for childrenâ??s language, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Each child is an individual and we value his/hers personal achievements instead of making comparisons between one child and another, because each child is very unique and special.

Our early education goals for young children are to teach them how to cooperate with others, form relationships, share, take turns, and use self control. Learning this in early years can impact later social development and academic achievements.

For BunnyBears Preschool the most important part of being a teacher is being able to validate childrenâ??s thoughts and feelings, acknowledge their actions and accomplishments.

A Typical Day

The flow of the day at BunnyBears.

7:30 - 9:30 Arrival time. Greeting. Free play (indoor/outdoor)
9:00 - 11:00 Morning snack is served at 9:00 am, but remains available until 11:00 am
9:30 - 9:45 Morning meeting - Sing songs, plan out the day with children, and share stories
9:45 - 11:00 Small group work, Constructive play and Art projects
11:00 - 11:30 Outdoor play
11:30 - 12:00 Story time
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 Pickup time for morning children. The rest of the children are getting ready for nap time
1:00 - 2:30 Nap time
2:30 - 3:30 Getting up from nap, Reading books, indoor play
3:00 Pickup time for extended days children
3:30 - 4:30 Afternoon snack
4:30 - 5:30 Outdoors play time, Outdoors art studio projects
5:30 - 6:00 Inside story reading until pick up time