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Michael Lane Preschool

682 Michael Lane
Lafayette, CA 94549

(925) 284-7244


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We invite parents to participate as much or as little as they wish in the classroom.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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:

Our program is child centered and children are allowed to participate and choose their own activities as they feel comfortable and developmentally ready. Our curriculum is built on the children's interests and needs that emerge through observation by the teachers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Michael Lane Preschool we value each child as a unique individual and help them develop at their own rate while providing a safe and nurturing environment built on trust and play!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Michael Lane Preschool we learn to play and play to learn!

Nestled in the beautiful hills of Lafayette, we provide an inviting, secure, and non-critical preschool environment for children to grow and develop through supervised play. Our child centered program is built on a solid base of trust between teachers, children and families while providing a supportive and educational community for both children and parents.

Each child is accepted and valued as a unique individual that is allowed and encouraged to develop at his or her own pace. We promote each child's social, physical and cognitive growth while sharing the wonder of learning through an emergent curriculum of play activities. We work to have each child, regardless of age, learn from the other children, value their gifts and develop a positive attitude toward school and learning. We believe when children share positive experiences with other children, they grow and develop both socially and academically.

A Typical Day

We offer a mixed-age preschool classroom and a rich developmentally appropriate curriculum of learning through play.

Each day the class focus for the younger child is to help them work through separation issues; become comfortable in the preschool environment; play cooperatively with others; and gain self-confidence necessary to make independent choices.

The class focus for the older child is to encourage self expression; develop strong language skills; become confident in making decisions and finding solutions; learn to exercise self-regulation; understand and accept boundaries; learn self-help skills; learn to be sensitive to the needs of others; and thereby preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.

We seek to have each child in the program, regardless of age, learn from the other children, value their gifts, and develop a positive attitude toward friends, school and life long learning.

We are proud to be Accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and weteach to the highest standards for early childhood education set forth by the NAEYC.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide a close community for families to grow and learn. The Director is available daily to parents and by phone or e-mail if a need arises. Their are also 2 parent/teacher conferences per year to formally discuss each child's development. We provide 2 parent education meetings per year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work with each individual child and family to develop a plan to deal with separation anxiety as the need arises. We also provide parents with articles and information to help them formulate an action plan that is right for their child.