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Mulberry School

220 Belgatos Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Phone:
(408) 358-9080

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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
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Lots of writing and drawing media, puppet theater, books on tape, multiple dramatic play sets, story telling magnets, story extenders
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Pattern blocks, unit blocks, matching games, writing and drawing media, all sorts of small manipulatives that offer practice with matching and sorting
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • Lots of choices, teacher led and child intitiated activities, foreshadowing
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
  • Simple science activities led by parents with child support, cause and effect reactions, cooking activities
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD's, music and movement specialist, materials to make instruments,
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Collage materials, clay, pastels, charcoal, playdough, lots of materials to explore, combine, and try out, glue guns
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
  • Large motor equipment, sandtoys, all types of scooters and wheeled vehicles, ramps, huge outdoor blocks to build with and climb on, outdoor gardens to work in
Other subjects taught We have music and movement specialist who comes to the classroom weekly to lead a group time that supports children's development and appreciation of many types of music through dance and movement activities. Preschoolers have reading buddies from the elementary school who visit regularly.

From the Director:

Mulberry's classrooms are active and dynamic places. Parents and teachers set up learning centers throughout the environment and then facilitate science, art, sensory, dramatic play, snack, and large motor activities with children. The teacher leads a closing (or sometimes an opening and a closing) group time where stories, songs, discussion, and role playing occur.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work to get to know each child's strengths and challenges through observation and interaction in the classroom. They discuss possible support strategies and methods with parents at parent meetings and conferences. As a parent participation school, everyone in the classroom works together to implement support plans in the classroom. Lots of parent education occurs at Mulberry!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

MISSION
The mission of Mulberry School is to provide a safe and creative learning community where the development of the whole child and active parent participation are integral to the day-to-day educational experience.

PHILOSOPHY
At Mulberry School, the teachers, staff, and parents provide a nurturing learning environment that develops the whole child academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. The curriculum responds to the individual student's learning needs by offering a variety of educational approaches. The focus is on building a solid personal foundation of knowledge and skills and a love of learning.

Mulberry provides an environment where students are encouraged to question, to explore, and to follow logical paths to their own understandings.

The partnership between home and school produces a stimulating, challenging environment in which each child has the freedom to grow and learn at his or her own pace. In every aspect of the Elementary School program, teachers strive to provide a supportive atmosphere that fosters self-confidence, initiative, and self-reliance in addition to academic learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communications are both formal and informal. Informally, parents can communicate with the teacher during the parent's weekly aiding day. Formal communciations include bimonthly parent meetings with teacher, orientation, mail folders, annual conference and progress report, parent education classes, regular school-wide events and family celebrations.

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Since parents work in the classroom, and since we begin each school year with a week long orientation process, this is not generally a challenge for us.