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Over the Rainbow

7255 Wild Currant Way
Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 338-1005

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

My main efforts are devoted to helping each child develop age-appropriate social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. In a stimulating and nurturing environment, children learn how to cooperate, share, take turns, say how they feel and ask for what they need and want. I encourage them to explore, experiment with, and enjoy their environment, and I gently guide their behavior as they learn, grow and develop through their interactions, attachments and play activities. I believe that familiar, long-term relationships are essential for children as they navigate their early developmental milestones. Extracted from Over the Rainbow Preschool Preschool's 2005-2006 Brochure.

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
  • Letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and opposites.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Magnets.
Time & space more

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  • Markers, writing, beads, scissors, manipulatives, and pegs.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Puzzles, magnets, gardening, insects, animals, seasons, hygiene, and baking.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Professional teacher, instruments, dancing, and singing.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Painting, clay, drawing, collages, mobiles, and holiday projects.
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Cedar climbing structure with swings, rope climb, and slide, toy horses, lawn area for play, tools and workbench, play kitchen, balls, parachute play, brio train table, and assorted toys.
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

There are certain activites in which we all participate as a group (snacks, lunch, naptime, circle time, music, storytime, when professional teachers come) and other activities which we do individually or in small groups.

Some activities occur daily at regular times (snacks, lunch, nap) and others vary from day to day depending on interest or weather conditions. Free play is always an option.

Here is an example of what a day at our school may be like:

8-9am: arrival, free play, table and floor activities

9-9:30: storytime, art project

9:30-10: Spanish

10-10:30: snack

10:30-11: circle time, music

11-11:45: outdoor play, circle games, kung fu

11:45-12:30: clean up, lunch, storytime

12:30-2:30: naptime

2:30-3: reading, table and floor activities

3-3:30: science project, workbooks (ABC, color, shapes)

3:30-4: snack

4-5: outdoor play, music/dance, free play, clean up.

Extracted from Over the Rainbow Preschool Preschool's 2005-2006 Brochure.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Over the Rainbow encourages parental participation in any way families choose, from doing a project to reading a book . All voluntary.

Per phone conversation with staff.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

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