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Teddy Bear Pre-School

1291 Fourth Street
Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 643-2273


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Cooking, building, clay, gardening

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Early childhood is the optimum time in children's lives to develop creativity, curiosity, initiative, resourcefulness, independence and responsibility. Each child is unique and when given the opportunity and ample time to develop their interests, share their discoveries with others, and express their thoughts and feelings, these habits of mind will come a part of the children's outlook on life and will serve them well throughout their lives.
Each child learns from his/her environment, experiences, and contact with others. A stimulating environment in which children can grow emotionally and intellectually contains activities from which the children may choose freely, including but not limited to art materials, science and discovery, materials for large and small motor development, dramatic play, constructive play, books, stories and music, puppets, puzzles and many more.
Socialization with other children and with interested, supportive adults provides opportunities to develop problem-solving and negotiating skills, empathy, compassion, humor and many other social skills necessary for getting along in our diverse and ever-changing world. Everyone benefits from appreciation of the beauty of cultural diversity.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Arrival, Greetings, Health Checks 7:30AM 9:30AM
Indoor Interest Areas 7:30AM 9:00AM
Outdoor Choices 9:00AM 9:30AM
Clean-Up 9:30AM 9:40AM
Circle Time 9:40AM 10:00AM
Wash Hands/Snack Time 10:00AM 10:30AM
Learning Centers: Teacher-Directed (Art, Science, Music, Literature, Cooking) 10:30AM

Clean-Up 11:50AM 12:00PM
Lunch/Outdoor Choices 12:00PM 12:50PM
Half-Day Students Picked Up 12:30PM
Prepare for Rest/Nap Time 12:50PM 1:00PM
Rest Time (Non-Nappers have 1/2 hour of indoor quiet time, then
outdoor play) 1:00PM 3:00PM
Wash Hands, Setup Snack 3:00PM 3:10PM
Snack Time 3:10PM 3:30PM
Learning Centers: Teacher-Directed (Art, Science, Music, Literature, Cooking) 3:30PM 5:30PM
Departure 5:30PM
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year