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Cottage in the Woods

3917 Lyman Road
Oakland, CA 94702

(510) 531-3121

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Play-based/developmental program. Per phone conversation with staff.

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 more

More Information

  • 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
  • Lawn & wooded glen, outdoor story circle, extensive play area (wood play structure, sand, ball/bike court, outdoor art patio, vegetable garden, outdoor eating deck, chickens/bunny, park/library walks)
Other subjects taught Activity and circle time, dramatic play, art, Spanish, and movement classes.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school