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Learning To Learn Pre-School and Child Care Center

391 Maria Drive
Petaluma, CA 94954

(707) 762-8570


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Learning to Learn is a pre-school, child care, and daycare center that emphasizes the skills and attitudes most important to future learning. We believe that preparation for academic achievement, which is supported by healthy self-esteem, should take place long before the child enters Kindergarten.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:30am - 8:00am Children Arrive Good Morning! All groups are together in the Art Room. Breakfast is until 7:30. Table activities, coloring and books. Please bring your child to the Art Room.
8:00am - 8:30am Yellow Ducks go to the Yellow Duck Room for self-selected activities. At this time the playground is set up, sandbox is opened and the room is set up for the morning.
8:30am - 9:15am Readiness Activities. The Readiness activity for the day is put out according to the curriculum list. Puzzles, play dough, bristle blocks, markers, sorting etc. At this time children have the choice of the two Readiness activity tables, the sensory table, the climber, storie
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9:15am Indoor/Outdoor Option. The children may choose to go in and out for various activities. One teacher is always inside and one is always outside.
9:30am - 10:00am Snack Time. Children wash their hands, and snack is provided. The children eat as they are ready. We also make snack part of our science experience as we cook special treats.
10:00am Snack table is cleaned up. One table continues to be set up with a Readiness activity and the other table is set up for the Art project according to the curriculum. The sensory table, climber and stories continue to be indoor choices.
11:15am - 11:30am Circle Time. All tables are cleaned up, and children are brought inside to join in for circle time. Circle time includes short stories, dramatic play, movement activities, finger plays and name games. 6:30am - 8:00am Good Morning! Please bring your child to the Art Room.Our early morning children have breakfast up until 7:30 am. Your may bring your child’s breakfast to eat here.
8:00am - 8:30am Games. Yellow Bears and Blue Butterflies are combined to play games outside or in the Movement Room.
8:30am Preschool Begins.
8:30am - 9:15am Outside/Movement Time. We are outside or in the Movement Room. Large motor skills are used during parachute play, musical activities and climbing in the “habitrail.” Group games to improve coordination, balance, and listening skills. Calendar is done daily.
9:15am - 10:00am Art Room. We are in the Art Room for theme related art activities. This includes exploration of a wide variety of art materials and cooking projects. Creativity is emphasized.
10:00am - 10:15am Snack Time. Hand-washing, and a healthy snack is provided, usually consisting of fresh fruit and crackers.
10:15am - 11:00am Library Time. Group story time and theme related books. Group discussions with books to share and read individually, dramatic play, and sharing on the 5th and 20th of each month.
11:00am - 11:45am Readiness Room. Small manipulatives and table toys for fine motor skills, which include; color, shape, number and letter recognition. We introduce simple math and science. Social and language skills, cooperation, and problem solving are also an integral part. Our writ
11:45am - 12:30pm Lunch Time. Hand- washing, both preschool groups are combined and enjoy lunch outside (weather permitting), otherwise we are in the Movement Room for lunch. Optional hot lunch is available on Mon. Tues. & Wed. After children are finished eating, they may play on th
12:30pm Preschool children go home.
12:30pm - 1:00pm Outside Play. Blue Butterflies and Yellow Bears are combined for the remainder of the day. At this time, we play before rest time.
1:00pm - 2:00pm Rest Time. Wash up, potty, and then a short rest time in the Movement Room. Stories, tapes and quiet music are provided during the beginning of rest time.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Art Room. A variety of art activities and dough’s to manipulate.
3:00pm Snack Time. Hand washing and a healthy snack is provided.
3:00pm - 3:45pm Outside/Readiness. Outside playground time with a variety of outdoor games, climbing and sandbox play. Potting shed and sensory play. On rainy days, we will be in the Readiness Room playing various games and puzzles.
3:45pm - 4:30pm Readiness/Movement. We do similar activities as in the morning program; bingo, sound games, and educational programs on our school computers. On rainy days we do large motor activities in the Movement Room.
4:30pm - 4:45pm Library Time. We read stories, play games, sing songs, and talk about our day.
4:45pm Snack. Parents need to provide an extra snack in their child’s lunchbox. Snack is provided for children who had hot lunch.
5:00pm - 6:00pm Readiness Room. All remaining children combine in the Readiness Room. Any remaining snack from lunch boxes may be eaten. During this time, they can also gather their belongings and play in small groups while waiting to be picked up.
6:00pm Learning to Learn Closes

11:30am Lunch. Quiet music is played to help calm the room. The children all take turns washing hands and getting their own lunches. We try to guide the children toward eating their “healthier” foods first. Please no candy or soda. Hot lunch is served on Monday, Tue
12:00pm - 12:30pm Free Play. As the children finish eating, nap cots are put out and the children may go outside with one teacher. As more children finish, two teachers will be outside with the children. One teacher will be inside finishing clean up, nap set up, and doing one more
12:30pm Preschool children go home.
12:30pm - 2:30pm Nap Time. Each child has their own cot that is covered by a sheet and special blanket. Lullaby music is played and teachers rub children’s back.
2:30pm - 3:00pm Potty after nap, diapers changed, shoes on, and cots put away.
3:15pm Snack. Snack from their lunchboxes, and a healthy school snack is served.
3:30pm - 4:15pm Outdoor Play. Buggy ride or outdoor play with many choices of activities.
4:15pm - 5:00pm Indoor Activities. Various inside choices, and getting packed up to go to the Art Room.
5:00pm Snack. Combined classrooms enjoy a small snack in the Art Room.
5:30pm - 6:00pm Readiness Room.. Quiet activities in the Readiness Room, and getting ready to close the school.
6:00pm Learning to Learn Closes.
Excerpted from the preschool's website