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Buena Vista Child Development Center

1412 20th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 446-1200


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf

From the Director:

We use a combination of teaching philosophies such as Montessori and Waldorf. We "follow the child" in all of our approaches and tailor our curriculum and instruction to the specific needs of the children. We also incorporate traditional Native American teachings into our school and curriculum such as taking care of the earth, each other, and passing on traditions.

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
  • Multiple languages including Native American languages
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Constructive triangles, Geometry Discovery jobs, 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
  • Age appropriate weekly science activities (geography, chemistry, physics, etc.)
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Extensive collection including Native instruments (drums, clapsticks, rattles)
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Native arts (i.e. beading, doll-making)
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
  • Clubhouse with dramatic play
Other subjects taught Native American curriculum. A tribe, selected from each child, is a monthly unit that consists of native math, language, songs, stories, art activities, history, dances, foods, visitors from the community, and field trips.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We bring culturally appropriate preschool experience for Native American children and others from the ages of 2 to 5 years.

A Typical Day

7:30 â?? 8:30 Arrival

7:30 â?? 8:30 Breakfast Served

8:30-9:15 Job Time

9:15 Circle Time &
Music Time and/or Story Time

9:30 Morning Activities (Curriculum)

9:45-10:00 Job Time

10:00 Morning Snack

10:15-11:45 Outside Free Play & Activities
11:45 Wash hands & Prepare for Lunch

12:00 Lunch Served
12:30 Story Time, then Brush Teeth

12:45 Lay down for nap, rub backs, & music

~2:30 Wake up and quiet book time

3:00 Afternoon Snack

3:15 Free Play (inside or outside)

3:30 Afternoon Activities (Curriculum)

4:30 Afternoon Circle & Additional Snack for late children

5:30 Parents Pick up, Center Closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We conduct thorough assessments every three months to monitor each child's progress socially, cognitively, and emotionally. Upon completion of assessments we will have a parent conference to discuss the child's strengths and to set goals to nourish their strengths and talents and to also help in any needed areas. We keep parents updated on their child's day to day activities at pick up each day and address any concerns immediately. We keep our parents updated on seminars, services that are available, activities in the community, and additional individualized resources.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Upon admission we meet with the parent and discuss any separation anxiety. With the parents insight we come up with a plan for reducing any anxiety for the child as they start school. This can mean easing the child into attendance through half-days, parents staying for beginning of day, child coming at outside play time to begin day, bringing comfort items from home, updating parents with phone calls, etc.