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Piedmont Play School

401 Hampton Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611

(510) 654-4371


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

The Program We believe that children learn best through lively interaction with their environment. Our integrated curriculum includes art activities, music, science, cognitive games and puzzles, cooking, carpentry, water play, story time, sharing, group games, enriching visitors and field trips. Our goal is to stimulate the children while building their self-esteem and self-confidence. To this end, we incorporate many open-ended and hands-on activities using a variety of materials, and we emphasize art as a process and not as a product. Extracted from

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 more

More Information

  • Puzzles
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Piedmont Play School is a safe, happy, warm and secure place for children. Nestled in centrally located Hampton Field, this small cooperative preschool nurtures and respects each child's individuality.

Twenty-two children aged between two years and nine months and five years participate in our two year program before entering kindergarten. The school meets five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Piedmont Play School follows the Piedmont Public School calendar observing the same holidays and vacations.

The school attempts to maintain an equal number of girls and boys, and the children are divided into two classes: the Bluebirds (three-year-olds) and the Yellowbirds ( four-year-olds). Extracted from

A Typical Day

A typical day begins with a welcoming greeting and an invitation to try two new art projects.

During the first hour of supervised free play, the child may also choose to explore: A daily changing activity at the manipulative table. The drawing table with paper, scissors, crayons, markers and stickers The tactile table with play dough, cornmeal, colored rice or beans. The science area with our pet guinea pig, an aquarium, magnifying glasses and other treasures. The 'playing house' area; the 'dress up' area with costumes and hats. A stimulating variety of puzzles, trains, blocks, trucks, Legos, and other manipulative toys: or A good book on a cozy lap on the couch.

Circle time begins after free play. The children love to sing songs, listen to stories, do finger plays and musical games and participate in science experiments at circle.

Our strong language arts program encourages the children to speak up and share their experiences and to listen to their friends during this special time.

After circle time the children go outside to play. Bikes, jump ropes, chalk, balls, bubbles and other outdoor games are available.

When the children come in, a nutritious snack awaits them.

A restful small circle time follows with sharing and books. Afterwards, the children enjoy more time outside.

The day ends with a closing circle.

Our regular school curriculum is enriched by a program of visitors and field trips.
Sulphur Creek's visits thrill the children with live animals. We have a weekly sign language teacher in the Spring. We enjoy visits to Piedmont school libraries for story time or to the Piedmont Fire Department and Piedmont park. We also have taken field trips to the pumpkin patch, Tilden Park, Habitot Museum, and Crab Cove. Parents (and Grandparents, too!) enhance our program by sharing their own special talents and hobbies, such as story telling, drawing, music, and origami.
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Home-School Connection

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school