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Pumpkin Patch Learning Academy--Spanish Immsersion Preschool

914 East 22nd Street
Oakland, CA 94606

Phone:
(510) 409-9771

Website:

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Pumpkin Patch Learning Academy is a home-based Spanish Immersion preschool founded by a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, youth mentor, and mother of two young children. Our mission is to serve the needs of every child, family, and community in a nurturing, educational environment. We want every child to develop a love for learning through play, observation, and hands on activities.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

As a local parent and educator, I founded PPLA because I saw the need to create a quality daycare program, that prepares children for kindergarten, at a reasonable cost. We believe that young children learn most naturally through structured-play activities, as well as exploration and discovery learning. Fostering a love of learning and encouraging students to explore the world around them is not only fun, but helps student to develop the critical thinking skills that they will carry throughout their lives. At PPLA, we emphasize Spanish language and cultural immersion along with engaging, hands-on activities that will help prepare our students in early literacy, basic mathematical concepts and scientific discovery.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Each Summer, PPLA participates in Soccer Shots, an in-school soccer program that emphasizes both soccer skills ad character skills by using imaginative soccer games. It is taught by a professional bi-lingual soccer player and is an optional programfor the kids.

From the Director:

Pumpkin Patch Learning Academy 90% Spanish 10% English Spanish Immersion Program. This means that approximately 90 percent of instruction will be in Spanish and 10 percent will be in English to facilitate early Spanish language acquisition and literacy development. Using this approach, our children gain awareness of new cultures, but also learn the basic language structures. This will help them to develop their understanding of Spanish and to better unbderstand English, as well. We offer an engaging, play-based program that encourages students to explore the world around them. We foster a love of learning, emphasize Spanish language and cultural immersion along with engaging, hands-on activities that will help prepare our students in early literacy, basic mathematical concepts and scientific discovery. Children also gain an appreciate of Latino culture through Spanish language acquisition and history awareness. Our goal is for every child to acquire proficient language, self help, and social skills in preparation for Kindergarten.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Cynthia Mendez Reimann is a master bilingual, preschool teacher who has worked closely with toddlers and preschoolers. Before teaching at the preschool level, Mrs. Reimann was an Elementary School teacher with West Contra Costa Elementary School. , as well as to have mentored Middle School, and High School students. She is CPR/First Aid certified, cleared for TB and background records, as well as to be certified as a Preschool Director. Cynthia Mendez Reimann has experience in working with students who need modified instruction and works closely with students who are English Language Learners and children with special needs such as sensory disorder, ADD, ADHT, and speech disorders, among others.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide an engaging, developmental and play-based program that caters to the various learning styles of children. PPLA offers research-based preschool activities in a stress-free and home-like environment.

A Typical Day

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00-9:30 AM FREE PLAY-
(STORYTELLING & ART
JOURNALS)
(Puzzle/Magnet/Peg Board Play, Play-Dough, etc.)

*9:30-10:00 AM AM SNACK &
POTTY BREAK
10:00-11:00 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
& POTTY BREAK

11:00-11:30 AM CIRCLE TIME:
CALENDAR, SONG &
MOVEMENT (MONTHLY
THEME INSTRUCTION)

11:30-12:00 AM MONTHLY THEME ART
PROJECT
*12:00-12:30 PM POTTY BREAK & LUNCH
12:30-1:00 PM POTTY BREAK &
STORYTELLING
1:00-3:00 PM NAPTIME BREAK

*Informal Spanish immersion instruction begins

3:00-3:30 PM MONTHLY THEME ART PROJECT
3:30-4:00 PM FREE PLAY
*4:00-4:30 PM POTTY BREAK & SUPPER
4:30-5:00 PM OUTDOOR PLAY & POTTY
5:00-6:00 PM FREE PLAY-
(STORYTELLING & ART
JOURNALS)
(Puzzle/Magnet/Peg-Board Play, Play Dough+)


*Schedule is subject to change according to the
needs of the students
*Indoor tumbling will take place during rainy &
cold weather (TUMBLING TUESDAY!)
*Weekly classroom plant observations
*Weekly cooking projects
*Weekly nature walks (if weather permits)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In an effort to unify families and create a strong communal bond within our school, we encourage parents to join the parent committee (i,e, fundraising, maintenance, classroom assistance, communal bonding, and school marketing) by volunteering on a monthly basis. In addition, we ask that parents participate in school fields trips, school events and summer program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to arrive a few minutes early to spend time in the classroom before they leave for the day. This makes the transition from home to school much easier.We suggest reading a book (to the Toddlers) and helping your child with their journals (for the Pre-Schoolers) to experience a little bonding time and help with literacy development.