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Betty's Children's Academy

11200 Golf Links Road, Unit D
Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 430-8789


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

While the morning session of our program is predominantly teacher-led, the afternoon session involves free play with some structure such as art, science, and play stations based on the children's interests.

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
  • writing boards, variety of writing tools, ability to write/draw freely
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • measuring tapes, play money, math games
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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  • Exploration of bugs, rocks, scales, magnifiers, magnets, solar system
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • pictures of instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Children's own art work on 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our program is a Kindergarten readiness program. We believe that we are preparing the children for the kindergarten classroom. We do so by taking care of basic needs such as emotional, cognitive, physical, language, and the arts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Betty's Children's Academy believes that if you put the seeds in our children, they will be able to grow and flourish in an competent and confident manner.

A Typical Day

<p>Morning: <br>Breakfast <br>Free play<br>Circle time <br>Writing and recognition of letters and numbers in small groups <br>Large group lesson (recite days of the week, months of the year, rhyming words, opposites, colors, shapes, letters and their sounds, counting by 1's 2's 5's 10's, two letter words) <br><br>Homemade lunch <br><br>Nap<br><br>Afternoon: <br>Snack<br>Outside (weather permitting) <br>Art and science projects <br>Music and movement <br>Quiet activities <br>Prepare for home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

When a child first enrolls, parents are called in order to see how the child's day is going. <br><br>Progress of student learning is reviewed on a regular basis. <br><br>Student progress reports are evaluated twice annually. <br><br>We have informal teacher/parent meetings.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Preschool transition is addressed via pre-entry meetings with parents at the school and small group sessions. New children are assigned a helper and friends to assist in transition.