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Los Gatos-Saratoga Nursery School

1065 Lincoln Court
Los Gatos, CA 95125

(408) 269-3710


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • lots of singing and chanting
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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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • special music and movement teacher on certain days
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
  • 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
  • usually some other type of tactile activity each day - flour, grain etc. Also carpentry tools and wood
Other subjects taught We have a stron outdoor emphasis and hold classes in an outdoor setting during the warm months. We encourage kids to hike and explore their world - taking risks and challenging their physical abilities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Everyone plays - but they are not required to play together. Teachers provide extra help when needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school in the woods and in the mountains is a preschool where parents are the students and children come to play. We offer a unique school experience that integrates an outdoor program in a natural setting with a more traditional indoor program in a charming old schoolhouse. The school has been a place of learning for teachers, parents and children since 1956. Many `alumni' return to share the school with their children and to develop and refine their own parenting skills.

A Typical Day

Kids come to school and are greeted with some set activities that they may participate in.

They may play indoors or out - rain or shine. There are art projects set for the day and some special materials tables with puzzles, beading, block building, magnets etc.

The teacher chooses each day.

There is also a cooking project happening in the kitchen in which children are encouraged to participate. When the cooking is ready, the cooking child rings a bell and the children come to the tables to eat.

Snack is shared and eaten at the same time.

After snack, children move into the main room for circle time that may include a story, songs, play acting, sharing etc.

If there is time, children have free play after circle until time to go home.

During this time, parents are observing their child and writing a 2 page observation of what the child is doing at school that day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are at school at least once a week with their child. They are required to write 10 observations of their child each semester. Teachers respond to the writings with comments, suggestions or their own observations. We also have extensive parent education classes that are required.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Since parents attend with their child, we don't really talk about this issue at all.