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The Lake School

304 Lester Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606

(510) 839-4227

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

To foster enthusiasm, responsibility for learning, and the child's natural creativity and curiosity. To encourage self-confidence and individuality and enable children to develop learning and social skills. To maintain a low teacher-child ratio within small groups and to provide a curriculum which meets the different and developing interests of each child. To provide a homelike setting, rich in materials and resources, and a caring and highly qualified staff. To perform ongoing assessments of each child's cognitive, physical, and social growth. To communicate to parents the philosophy, goals and program of The Lake School and to provide opportunities for parent involvement and education. To enrich school experiences by utilizing community resources and outside professionals in the field of early childhood education. Extracted from The Lake School Application flier 2006

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Set in a Victorian house with a large outdoor space, The Lake School offers yound children an ideal environment in which to grow and learn. The program at our School is thoughtfully planned to provide a variety of activites, addressing the developmental levels of the children as well as their interests and strengths. Open-ended activities stimulate children to invent creative uses for materilas and equipment, as they construct knowledge of the world around them. The social and emotional well-being of children is of primary importance in The Lake School program. Two year-olds are helped to adjust to being away from home and participating in a group. Three and four year-olds are guided toward developing the ability to share, take turns and resolve conflicts appropriately. Five year-olds are supported as they gain the confidence necessary to face the challenges of kindergarten. Our ideal teacher child ration ensures that there will be ample opportunities for meaningful interactions throughout the school day for each child. Oral language experiences, books and activities stimulate a child's natural curiosity about words and literacy. An interest in numbers, mathematical concepts and thinking skills is developed through play with math manipulatives and games. A variety of pets, gardens, science materials and experiences encourage the child's curisity about the natural and physical world. Dramatic play offers the young child a way to make sense of their roles in the family and community, while art activities foster self-expression and creativity. Small toys and other learning materials build fine motor development. A variety of outdoor play equipment, movement activites and free play develop the child's large muscles. The Lake School seeks to provide children with a wealth of successful learning experiences. The School offers an intergrated curriculum, providing both teacher-guided and child-initiated activities. The children's accomplishments in both cooperative and individual activities build self-confidence, autonomy and initiative to explore new areas of interest. The curisoity and self-awareness gained, coupled with the skills acquired, and the abiltity to work in a group will form a solid intellectual and social foundation for future success. Extracted from The Lake School Application flier 2006

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Lake School is a small, private nonprofit preschool founded on the premise that an organized and enriched environment promotes the child's development, sense of self, and understanding of the world.

The Board of Directors and faculty are dedicated to providing a supportive and stimulating program in which the child's needs are recognized and skills and interests are broadened. The individuality of each child is encouraged while social behavior such as cooperation and respect for others are promoted.

With a comprehensive pre-kindergarten program, the school offers a learning experience that reinforces the child's fundamental need to learn and to play in a joyful and challenging environment.

Extracted from The Lake School Application flier 2006

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 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