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Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School

19601 Black Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033

Phone:
(408) 395-2892

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Competence through building
physical, cognitive, social
and emotional skills
There is opportunity daily to
learn how to enter into play
with others and be a friend;
and to balance individual
and group needs. There is a
safe environment where feelings
can be voiced, accepted
and used to resolve conflicts.
Creating a supportive
community
beyond the
family involves acceptance
of differences and compassion
for others. It begins
at LGSONS with knowing
and sharing with others.
Trust grows out of this.
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Confidence through risk taking
and mastery of challenges
Children and parents benefit
from exposure to less than
optimal conditions (e.g. rain,
cold) to gain the confidence
that they can overcome
adversity and survive. This
involves taking risks.
Connection and Caring for others
and for the earth
Repetition and practice, successes
and failures will eventually
lead to mastery.
Acceptance and competence
are key to developing selfesteem:
‘I am lovable and
I am capable.'
Children have a natural affinity for the earth. They are eager
to explore and experience their environment. They learn to
accept and respect the tiniest creatures,
to recycle and not pollute.
Parents like the wholesomeness
of the creative play experience
that their children find outdoors.
Parents also appreciate
the restorative nature of
the outdoor settings and
are aware of the need
to preserve the
natural world.
play, play, play!
use all their senses to explore their world.
get wet and muddy and dirty.
choose from a variety of hands-on experiences.
explore in a safe and supportive environment.
experience nature first-hand—and learn to respect it.
pursue their individual interests.
reach out to others and learn to trust.
play alone and with others.
be aware of and sensitive to others.
make friends and learn how to be a friend.
be accepted for who they are.
laugh and cry, sing and dance, whisper and yell.
resolve conflicts and acquire negotiating skills.
realize that ‘mistakes' are actually new learning experiences
take responsibility for their own actions.
learn from struggling and adversity.
try and try and try again.
We strive to provide your children with
the environment and experiences that
will help them grow and develop into
confident and competent individuals.
We believe that children
need to… Play We believe that children
need to…
Try
and
try
and
try
again
learn from struggle and adversity…
use all their senses to explore their world…
make friends and learn how to be a friend…
get wet and muddy and dirty…
resolve conflicts and acquire negotiating skills
Explore in a safe and supportive
environment…laugh and cry…
experience nature first-hand and learn to
respect it… pursue their individual interests…
be aware of and sensitive to others…
sing and dance… be accepted
for who they are… realize that
‘mistakes' are actually new learning
experiences… whisper and yell…
choose from a variety of hands-on experiences…
…reach out to others and learn to trust…
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We believe that parents
benefit from…
We strive to provide parents with an honest and meaningful learning environment
that is positive and fun. We want to create lasting memories for you
and your child.
Observing their child.
Learning about the ages and stages of child development.
Watching teachers interact with children.
Acknowledging and accepting the uniqueness of each child.
Communicating with knowledgeable and experienced teachers.
‘Surviving' less than optimal conditions (e.g. rain, wind).
Sharing with other parents.
Knowing that other parents have similar frustrations and joys.
Participating in school activities.
Being part of a supportive community."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"9:15 for morning classes,12:30
for afternoon classes
- Child places back-pack on tarp
(lunch in basket, if applicable)
- Creek play (hikes, other nature
explorations)
- Changing time at tarp
- Cooking time
- Circle time
- Sand play; Bunny Hole
- Lunch (for 2 year old classes)
11:45 a.m. for morning classes, 3 p.m. for afternoon classes."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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