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Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool

400 Highland Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611

(510) 547-4432


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Keeping with our philosophy, our curriculum allows the individual student to move at his/her own pace. Built into this curriculum are objectives that are goals for the teachers to have as a guideline for assessing the individual student's strengths and any areas that need further concentration.

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
  • Stencils, chalkboards & chalk, dry erasable pens/boards, magnetic letters/boards, dot to dot letters, play dough cookie cutter letters etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • cubes, geometric shapes, different size and shape blocks, counting games etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • c.d. player
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • easels, photo albums,
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • scooters, balance beam, hula hoops, batman capes, brooms,
Other subjects taught Spanish is introduced to the older (4-5 yr.olds) the beginning of the school year. Our teacher comes weekly for approximately 20-30 minutes. This is very basic foreign language prep--most vocabulary, visuals and music/singing.

From the Director:

All the above activities are teacher-led but often student initiated. As our classroom time unfolds, most of these situations present themselves through play, and/or inter-action (student/student, student/parent, student/teacher) with others. As we basically teach two age groups, each on different days, our 'lesson plans' are focused on that particular group.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our ratio is 1:5. As the children are observed in the school environment, the Director and teacher form a 'game plan' outlining our goals for the children. Mostly it is social behaviors that need re-directing--use your words, keep your hands to yourself etc. We will contact the parents of children, who on a continious basis, exhibit inappropriate behavior (spitting, biting, frequent tantrums,etc.) and discuss a united way (home and school) to handle the situation. Those students who are 'excelling' will be challenged appropriately. Students who need more time in any area of development will be given every opportunity to progress accordingly.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school, a small, private, non-profit cooperative, provides a creative, loving and relaxed environment for young children. Linda Beach offers a traditional approach for development of the basic social and physical abilities that every child needs prior to entering elementary school.

A Typical Day

Children arrive at 9am. After placing their belongings in their cubby, they are encouraged to play at any of the available tables which may include play dough, puzzles, writing tools, manipulatives etc.
This time allows for any late arrivals to begin their day without feeling they have missed something.

By 9:15 first circle begins. During this time several songs are sung, teacher reads story (usually connected with the art project) finger play rhymns may be done, 'news events' are shared--whose birthday is it today, the name of a new sibling, what is the art project for the day etc.

After circle time the students begin doing their art project, continuing with play they started before circle time, going to the book nook for another story, choosing other areas of interest--dress-up corner, truck area, kitchen area, 'CEO' area (paper, scissors, glue, tape, hole punches etc.)

By 10:15 first recess is beginning but only after a brave attempt has been made by all to clean up. Outside time can include scooter riding, tryke riding, sandbox play, climbing structure activities etc.

By 11:00 children return to classroom for bathroom time, another story and snack time. For the older children (4-5 yr.olds) there is a sharing time before they go out for the final recess.

Dismissal is 11:45am.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Late January, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled. All parents are encouraged to make arrangements for this meeting. If at any time during the school a conference seems necessary, contact is made with the parents.

Since the school is a cooperative, a least once a month each child's parent is in the classroom and can talk after the session with the teacher.

If the child is ready for kindergarten or not, is the main focus rather than which school. At times we have suggested a kindergarten that we believe would meet the needs of a particular student but discussions like this are held long before the end of the school year.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

An orientation meeting (1 hour) is dedicated to new families covering many aspects of the school. Preschool separation is discussed--easiest way to achieve this goal is to say goodbye and leave!