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SGM Atelier

4461 Inglewood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 397-4863


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

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

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  • Puzzles
  • measuring, classifying, seriating, categorizing
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
  • constantly generating and testing theories
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • rhythm and listening
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • processes documented
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

All of the above domains are enhanced through collaboration and social constructivism. Because the wording above does not fit our educational approach, none of the selections were made (we are neither predominantly teacher-led nor play based).

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Uniqueness valued, individual learning styles recognized and enhanced always.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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A Typical Day

Opportunities for expressions in multiple creative languages, a place for children to generate ideas, test theories and redefine them, practice negotiations and collaborative learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Learning goals are constantly visited and redefined regularly. Parent/teacher conferences held twice each year and as needed in between. Documentation of processes displayed to make learning visable.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each seperation is unique and any anxiety is handled individually.