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Little Sprouts Preschool

2626 East 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94601

(510) 533-5667

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn through play. Words, numbers, letters, colors, shapes, etc. are presented to chlidren as part of the world around them and not as 'academics' they have to master. By presenting concepts and symbols repeatedly and in natural developmentally appropriate ways, we believe ALL of our students will learn the alphabet, numbers and colors by the time they complete the Mighty Sprouts class. However, there is no pressure or time-line involved. Our academic goals are to foster intellectual curiosity, to keep children excited about leanring and to help them to develop and sense of confidence and competence in a school environment.

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 bulletin board with words that the children ask me to spell throughout the day. we have the alphabet taped up on the wall in the writing center.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • many counting items for table toys, water play to learn volume, numbers posted on the wall, a
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • different languages and cultural music on stereo throughout days
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

From the Director:

We have themes set regularly. We choose the theme according to the children's interest throughout the weeks. For example: if our theme is ocean/sea life, we will have shells and sea life books out, and art projects with sea colors, etc. But the children are free to use the materials in any way that they choose. Our circle time is the most teacher directed activity throughout the day. It is the time when the teachers will have musical instruments, dancing, formal story reading, sing, have skits, etc. The children may dance all day if they choose, but there IS a time when we all dance together as well.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our school has two classrooms. The Sproutlets class consists of mostly two year olds to three and a half. The Mighty Sprouts class consists of 3 1/2 year olds to 5 (or when they go to kindergarten). They are divided MOSTLY according to age, but also by temperment and develpment. If a child is not quite ready for the older children's circle time but does well during free play and other activities, he/she can join the younger children's circle time. If a child is excelling in everything we do, we try our best to build on that child's interests.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At LSP, we provide a rich and varied school environment that encourages the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth of children. We respect children's individual needs, skills and interests and allow them to explore and grow at their own pace.

Our program balances structure and choice play. Examples of these balanced activites would be are child initiated play, teacher directed activities, self regulating skills, creative expression and following directions. We seek to increase the children's respect of and relatedness with other members of their classroom community which lays the foundation for the development of healthy interdependence in life.

We treat each child with love and respect. We respect their individuality, their uniqueness. We encourage the children to love themselves, others and all of creation.

We are a non-donominational, non-profit Christian school. We welcome ALL families from all backgrounds and faith traditions.

A Typical Day

Our 9am-1pm class program schedule looks like this:

Mighty Sprouts class -

9:00am to 10:15am -- Free Play at various stations. Mighty Sprouts class has a block area, reading & writing area, dramatic play area, project table and 3 tables of pre-set table table toys.

10:15am to 10:20am -- Clean up time

10:20am to 10:45am -- Circle time
On Mondays and Fridays, we have musical instruments during circle time. On Tuesdays, we have a P.E. portion. On Wednesdays, we have social-emotional lessons.

The curriculum we're using right now for this time is called Second Step. It's a violence prevention curriculum that involves puppets, stories, pictures and games to teach the children about feelings, problem solving and empathy.

On Fridays, the Sproutlets join us in our cirle time.

10:45am-11:00am -- Snack time

11:00am-11:45 -- Outside time

11:45am-12:30pm -- Lunch time

12:30pm-1:00pm -- Outside time

At 1:00pm, some children go home and the rest of the children go have nap time.

9am-1pm SPROUTLETS program:

9:00am-10:15am -- Indoor free play at various stations. The Sproutlets classroom has a block area, dramatic play area, a reading & resting area, a project table and several small tables for tabletoys.

10:15am-10:20am -- Clean up time

10:20am-10:30am -- Circle time

10:30am-11:15am -- Outside Time

11:15am-11:30am -- Diaper Changing/Potty Time/Washing Hands

11:30am-12:15pm -- Lunch time

12:15pm-1:00pm -- Outside time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Early on in the school year, we have an open house/family night. This is a time to meet and connect with all the teachers and all the families. Teachers connect with parents on a daily basis about the day to day activities and happenings. There is one scheduled formal parent conference toward the end of the year. But more can be scheduled depending on the needs of each family. We hold parent educational classes for the families and is open to the neighborhood families as well.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every parent-child pair has a different 'separation style' and we want to respect that. However, we request that you limit your separation routine to 5 minutes. If you'd like to spend more time in the classroom during the first week or two of your child's attendance, talk with your child's teacher. Together, we can develop a separation routine appropriate for your child's needs. If you are concerned about your child at any time of the day, you may call the office for an update.