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Lakeview Preschool

515 Glenview Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610-2213

(510) 444-1725


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Eclectic approach. Structured, stimulating content with emphasis in the arts and learning about the global community. There are many teacher led activities for the children each day, but there is also a considerable amount of time spent with children making their own choices both inside and outside each day.

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
  • A very language rich environment with multiple materials available to the children for their self expression and dictation.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Many sorting and building materials.
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
  • Weekly scientific explorations
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Daily music circletime, music played both during inside and outside playtime, and teachers sing with the children spomtaneously.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Artist of the Week (a featured student as well as a famous artist that we learn about. Also, beautiful visuals, art objects, displays that change weekly.
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
  • Indoor trampoline, parachute activities, dancing and movement games.
Other subjects taught Indoor facilities and Activities: Dress up/fantasy playroom. Arts and crafts/cooking activities area. Classroom for circle times (music, Spanish, storytelling). Two multi-purpose rooms with blocks, small manipulatives, etc. Outdoor Facilities and Activities: Cement pad for ball play and bike riding. Platform for large Lego construction. Sandbox and water table. Lots of planter boxes for gardening activities. turff area with climbing structure.

From the Director:

Emphasis of curriculum is on different cultures around the world. We use an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to teach about the diversity of the world in which we live.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is on his/her own developmental path, and we try to support and enhance each child's learning at whatever level that might be. As much as possible we plan lessons which allow for children of varying skills to participate successfully.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our programmatic model is unique, has been honed and constantly improved over 40 years, and is supported by a vast inventory of multicultural literature, global music, art objects from around the world, etc. Children learn geography through maps and a talking globe, as well as through songs. We also share a meal from a different culture at least once a week, and we bake bread from different countries every Friday.

A Typical Day

7:30 - 9:00 Free choice activities
9:00 - 9:15 Morning meeting (overview of the day's activities)
9:15 - 9:45 Snack / Music time (2 rotating groups)
9:45 - 10:30 Children with their respective teachers for small group lesson time
10:30 - 12:00 Inside / Outside Playtime
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch time / Spanish with (2 rotating groups)
12:30 - 12:45 Storytime
12:45 - 2:00
Rest time for nappers
Quiet activities for non-resters (all children rest for last 15 minutes)
2:00 - 2:15 Wake up time
2:15 - 3:15 Daily Specialist, opposite Arts & Crafts
Monday: Music & Movement
Tuesday: Science class
Wednesday: Storytelling Hour
Thursday: Edible Creations
Friday: Bread Making Workshop
3:15- 3:30 Snack (when applicable, our birthday celebration time)
3:30 - 5:00 Outside play
5:00 - 5:30 Inside play, Clean up and last goodbyes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our communications are frequent and substantive. They occur daily (log entries, online blog), weekly (teacher summaries of the week), monthly (newsletter and calendar), semi annually (two parent/teacher conferences per year) as well as casual and written communications on an as needed basis.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage children to bring a small comfort item from home. We give lots of reassurance and hugs. We strive to help the children make secure connections with their teachers and we facilitate friendships with their peers.