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Broadway Children's School

394 Adams Street
Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 763-9337


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We feel children learn most what they are interested in. We come prepared with a Developmentally Appropriate Curr. and add to it with the children's interests or concerns.

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
  • Flannel stories/ etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting children, patterning blocks and toys
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
  • Very active 'bug' hunts outside, special containers and book follow up
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing/movement
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • 3-D art and collages
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
  • Jumping tire/mud and dirt digging
Other subjects taught Block Play, Large motor activities Creative art/drama/play time. We are a typical play based program, with a lot of curr. evolving from the children.

From the Director:

We have teacher planned activities every day but the children have choices in them. We, also, listen to the children's interests and concerns and make sure they are met. We do have formal music/circle time and formal story time.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child at Broadway is looked at as unique and is worked with to develop every skill in every possible way. Our staff meetings are discussing each child and how we can move them forward. If we feel a child is not developing as should, we will talk with parents and come up with a plan for eveluations, etc.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Broadway Children's School's programs are based on the belief that each child who comes to us is different from any child we have seen before or will ever see again. Each is unique and special and we want to nurture and encourage that individuality so that each one will grow and develop within his or her own framework.

We want to help each child develop competency in all aspects of his or her person: in the social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical selves that are the whole child. We want each one to learn to work and play independently and yet be able to accept help from other children and from adults and to offer help to others. We want children to broaden their language skills, both listening and speaking, to be curious about the world in which they live, to feel free to explore that world in appropriate ways, and to develop a self-confidence that allows them to make mistakes.

We provide an exciting, creative environment that is often changed by the children themselves. We open doors to new experiences, encourage participation in all activities, holding the hand of a hesitant child, and letting go of the child who no longer needs us. We listen to the child expressing his or her feelings, both positive and negative. We help the child grow in his or her ability to control or direct inner destructive impulses.

However, we have a basic belief that a child learns best when he or she can make some choices about the day's activities. Sometimes there are limits to the choices available: safety, destructive behavior, and interference with others are some of the factors which are considered in determining these limits. There are times when children seem to make only inappropriate choices and then the teachers must decide for them what they can or cannot do, but always, the goal is to move to a point where children make appropriate choices themselves.

We approach each year in partnership with the parents. We are a supplement to what is accomplished within the home. We respect parents as we respect their children, recognizing that all parents must develop their own frameworks within which they will raise their children. There is not one way, but many ways.

We hope to add a new dimension to the lives of parents and children who come to Broadway Children's School.

A Typical Day

9:30 Parents arrive, workers put on aprons. Snack parent sets up snack in kitchen. Sign in. Indoor activities. You may say Good Bye.
10:15 Warn about clean up. CLEAN UP SONG
10:20 Music time, sit on floor with children
10:35 Washing hands time, snack-all children sit at tables.
10:45 Outdoor time.
11:20 Clean up outside. Story time inside.
11:30 Good Bye Song.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Ed meetings Newsletters emails Parent conferences in PreK year. We try to talk with parents at drop off and pick up times. Teachers will conference anytime! Both-Advises in general on which kindergartens and elementary schools might provide the best education for their child and Actively advises parents on which kindergartens and elementary schools might provide the best education for their child and works to secure a slot for their child. Some parents need and want more direction than others.

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 is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a Home Visit to meet the child/parent before the child ever steps into the school, then a picnic with their class, then we ask parents to drop and leave 1st month so child can build a relationship with teachers.