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Green Hills Preschool

16195 George Street
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-8911


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Green Hills offers Pre-school, Pre-kindergarten, and Junior Kindergarten classes. Our charming residential setting offers home-like surroundings in a safe, clean, spacious and well ordered learning environment. Our large outdoor play yard lends itself well to active physical play and social interactions. Our school is fully equipped with high quality equipment and materials. Our program: Provides age appropriate experiences for 2-5 year olds, using a rich array of stimulating materials, activities and literature. Promotes social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the whole child. Encourages children to actively explore their environment. Guides each child in building self-confidence and self-control. Fosters meaningful partnerships with our families. Performs developmental tracking. Offers kindergarten readiness activities." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe children learn through play where they practice getting along with others, test feelings, and create new ideas. Our teachers facilitate activities that allow children to explore, experiment, discover and wonder. We value each child as a unique individual and promote self-esteem through positive interaction with peers and adults. We strive to promote each child's creativity, sense of self, and learning style while laying the foundations for literacy and future academic pursuits." Extracted from

A Typical Day

"A Typical Day

Greeting Circle: 5-10min. Each building has a greeting circle time. The events of the day are announced and roll is taken.

Children are expected to arrive by 9:00 a.m. so that they can be a part of this important daily ritual.

Open Playtime: 50-60 min. Children are encouraged to explore the interest areas including Art/Cooking, Unit blocks, Dramatic play, Life Science Area, Sensory, Math & Manipulatives, and the Book/Story Corner.

Snack Time: 15-20 min. Children are taught proper hand-washing techniques, sharing food together, waiting turns, learning how to pour, counting one-to-one, practicing basic table manners and having meaningful conversations.

Small Group Time: 15-30 min. This is a teacher-directed time that includes story time, theme related activities, developmental skill tracking, pre-literacy, language arts activities, and crafts.

Outdoor Playtime: 50-60 min. Children explore climbers, playhouses, bikes, balls, building, grass games, sand and water play, easels, drawing table, etc.

Large Group (music & movement): 15-20 min. The children participate in singing, finger-plays, dancing, rhythm activities, movement explorations, circle games, playing musical instruments, and dramas/skits.

Daily Review Time: 5-10min. At the end of the school day the children talk about what they did and record it on the class 'white board'. Children are expected to stay until the class ends at noon to participate in this daily ritual.

Extended Day Program: noon-2:30 p.m. Children who enroll for the Extended Day Program, bring their own lunch to school, have an afternoon Open Playtime, as well as Outdoor Playtime and Storytime. No naptime is offered."
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Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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