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Sequoia Children's Center

1234 Brewster Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062

Phone:
(650) 369-5277

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Preschool Philosophy
We have an energetic and educational preschool program designed to prepare children with the skills and attitudes necessary for kindergarten success. Our goals are to nourish each child’s creativity, build self-esteem, promote positive interaction with peers, and to impart a love for reading and learning. Children must be at least Three-years old. The preschool staff to child ratio is 1 to 8 in the Three-year-old class and 1 to 10 in the Four/Five-year-old classroom.

We emphasize individual creativity, pre-literacy development, and cooperative behavior. Arts and crafts, music, group games, and story times are guided by the teachers in each classroom beginning at 9am. Teacher-planned learning activities are scheduled daily and are posted in the classroom each Monday for the upcoming week. Some teachers choose also to distribute copies to your cubbies. Activities include circle time, art, science, math, writing, reading, computers, cooking, blocks, and dramatic play. Most learning centers are also available during free choice periods throughout the day. Teachers plan outdoor projects and gardening, plus ample play time on our park-quality playground. Enrichment programs include field trips and weekly visiting librarian, Gymnastics and Music.
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We believe that an atmosphere of warmth and understanding is crucial to the learning process, and that children learn best when they are actively involved. We strive to instill a love for reading and learning, and develop each child's sense of accomplishment and self-worth. We select teachers for their natural sense of warmth and caring, education, and teaching experience. We offer a progressive emergent curriculum whereby the joy and exhilaration of play and discovery are balanced with the security of routine; trusting, respectful relationships for all children ages 2 months through pre-kindergarten.

Infant Philosophy
The focus of the Infant Program is to build trust as the foundation for growth. Babies need a safe, healthy, and enriched environment in which they can explore and engage in creative play. We provide loving care, responsive interaction, and individual respect for each baby with the purpose of building trust and security, thereby establishing a strong foundation for growth. We provide appropriate materials and surroundings for exploration and learning for each stage of infancy: newborns, older babies, crawlers, and wobblers. We carefully plan stimulating indoor and outdoor activities for each group and offer support for positive social interaction. We emphasize "hands-on" experiences and "active" listening in which the children are engaged (making sounds, mimicking movements, etc). When the weather is nice, we play outside in our nice shaded baby play yard, and we frequently take excursions in our multi-infant strollers around the residential neighborhood.

Toddler Option Philosophy
The focus of the Toddler Option Program (Rooms 1 & 2) is to focus on the many aspects of a young toddler’s rapid development: emotional, verbal, social, physical, mental and creative. We recognize the special needs of Young Toddlers (as young as 18 months old) for free exploration balanced with more structured learning opportunities within the embracing security of small classes (4 – 6 children) and positive teachers. The teachers encourage curiosity, creativity, and assist each child in interactions with his/her peers in small group settings. Potty training and self-help skills are an integral part of the daily program. Staff to child ratio is up to 1: 6.

Toddler Philosophy
The focus of the Toddler Program (Room # 3) is to encourage self-help skills and self-esteem. Toddlers (approximate ages 28 through 36 months old) are given opportunities for free exploration, balanced with more structured learning, with small groups and positive teachers. The teachers encourage curiosity, creativity, and assist each child in interactions with his/her peers in small group settings. Potty training and self-help skills are an integral part of the daily program. Staff to child ratio is 1 to 7.

During the daily activities, the children continue to learn how to interact in small supervised groups with the teacher as the leader of activities. Arts and crafts, music, group games, and story time are guided by the teachers, with emphasis on allowing individual creativity while encouraging cooperative behavior. Teacher-planned learning activities are scheduled each morning beginning at 9 am. These include daily circle / story times, art, puzzles, science, blocks, manipulative toys, and dramatic play. Most learning centers are available during free-play periods throughout the day. Weekly, the children participate in our age-appropriate Gymnastics and Music programs. In addition, the children have ample time for free exploration and play with one another.




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Excerpted from the preschool's website