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A Child's House

3400 Crane Way
Oakland, CA 94602

(510) 531-1964

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We have a structured curriculum in place to ensure our children are prepared for Kindergarten.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • many Montessori language activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori math activities
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
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
  • 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
Other subjects taught We teach Spanish. There is a daily art project.

From the Director:

We do provide time for completely unstructured free play. The children can choose their own activities. This includes dress-up, manipulatives, trains, tricycles, riding cars, balls, and a wide variety of toys.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We follow a modern approach to the Montessori philosophy. The children are free to choose activities in a prepared classroom. We encourage the concepts of freedom, independence, structure, order, reality, and nature in a loving environment.

A Typical Day

7:30 - 9:00 Arrival and Free Play with Manipulatives, <p>9:00 - 10:00 Work time with Montessori materials, <p>10:00 - 10:30 Circle time with Good Morning Song, Calendar, and Demonstration of the day, <p>10:30 - 11:00 Snack time and free play outside, <p>11:00 - 11:30 Continuing work time with Montessori materials, <p>11:30 - 11:45 Second Circle with Spanish or Music, <p>11:45 - 12:15 Free Play Outside, <p>12:15 - 12:45 Lunch, <p>1:00 - 3:00 Naptime, <p>3:00 - 3:30 Wake up and Afternoon Snack, <p>3:30 - 4:30 Daily Art Project and Free Play Outside, <p>4:30 Reading Books

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have annual parent-teacher conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents can stay with the child for 1-2 hours per day before the child actually starts.