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Smiles Preschool

5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94611

Phone:
(510) 339-9660

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

To build positive feelings and self-esteem; to instill the ability to get along with others (both children and adults) outside their families; to prepare a child for school.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To teach our children to socialize by learning to respect others, their thoughts and feelings. Extracted from Smiles Day School 2009 Brochure

A Typical Day

7:30 - 9:00: Free Play, 9:00 - 9:15: Morning Circle Time, 9:15 - 9:30: Morning Snack, 9:30 - 12:00: Preschool Activities (*Outside Play, Concept, Art, Free-play and Pre-K activity), 12:00 - 12:15: Singing Circle Time, 12:15 - 12:45: Lunch (morning program ends), 12:45 - 1:00: Story Time & Group Game, 1:00 - 3:00: Nap Time, 3:00 - 3:45: Free Play, 3:45 - 4:00: Afternoon Snack, 4:00 - 5:30: Free Play & Afternoon Activity, 5:30 - 6:00: Story Time & Get Ready for Home

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year