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Byers Preschool

10 Marilla Court
Sacramento, CA 95835

(916) 919-2115


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

When I am asked what curriculum is used I always answer that "We have a plan of activities that cover Math, Science, Language, Art & Writing practices, Gross & Fine Motor activities everyday" However we are mindful to the childrens' interest and will use an emerging approach taking us into areas we embrace and explore...

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught We teach Biology inculding the study of Animals, Mammals, Plants and Earth Science. The children love this part of our program and it is ever changing. We incoporate Reading/Language/ Music and Math into all areas of our learning. Gardening year around with vegetables makes cooking fun!

From the Director:

We have a daily schedule that we follow, yet the children might be engaged in an activity that takes up that particular time schedule and we will change our schedule to accomidate their interest. Emergent Curriculum is mainly the process of an idea that then goes on until every possible part of learning and interest is exhausted. Webbing is the process of an idea that turns into this extension in all possible directions covering Math, Reading, Science, Music, Dance, Art ect.. until there is no more interest. Both concepts are a combination of Teacher & Child Directed Activities that make learning extremely fascinating and far from boring....

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Spending extra time together when needed. Also we use a variety of Developmental Desired Result Tools. One is the Thelma Harms Rating Scale, another is from National Association of Family Child Care Programs, another is from the California Department of Education titled Desired Results Developmental Profile. Last is the West Ed Programs for Toddlers & Exceptional Children Learning Materials.
With these tools we can assess where a child needs to be according to their age and standards from the local Elementary schools prior to Kindergarten preparing them for school.
If we need to work more closely with some that are behind we will have them match up with someone that is higher functioning which accomplishes two things.
Pride and confidence for both children. It is important work as a team together.
I have been in business 36 yrs and I know that acceptance of those that are different from ourselves reminds us that we are all different and we all need to work as a family supporting, guiding, and loving each other, pulling from each others strengths & weaknesses creating harmony in our school.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Preschool Program's Philosophy

My teaching philosophy for the children is an open ended style of teaching that is developmentally appropriate, and allows each child an opportunity to experience different ways of learning. The program for a child care environment requires a high level of skill on the part of the staff. Our program must be carefully planned to allow flexibility for the children, which is an essential element of a good program. It should be structured to meet the child's growth needs. Therefore the equipment placed within it must challenge the development of physical, social, language, and cognitive skills. Equipment should be placed where children can easily obtain it. This allows the children to be self-initiating. They can decide what to do and when with a minimum of teacher assistance. This fosters the growth of independence. Young children learn primarily through direct experience with the people and materials in their environment. They do not have the cognitive abilities to understand abstract concepts. They are in the process of constructing their own view of the world and profit little from direct instruction. The program must accommodate appropriate learning materials.
We as teachers must also recognize that children grow and learn at different rates, therefore providing learning materials and experiences that challenge the development of a wide range of skills is necessary. Our materials of varying complexity are available to the children and they are allowed to use them, as they feel comfortable. Children must be given permission to develop at their own rate without pushing them into experiences in which they have little chance of coping or succeeding. It is also apparent that children have different learning styles. Some children learn best exploring by themselves. Others may learn best with a teacher or another child. Still others learn most effectively in a small group situation. Thus, the program must accommodate all of these learning styles. The children can then define what's most effective for them.
Our Inclusion program means, that our doors are open to all children regardless of race, religion, gender or those with special needs or special rights. We feel that all children should be given the opportunity to be in a safe, loving, secure environment where their self-esteem is lifted-up, and they are treated with the utmost respect and are seen as a child first and their special right or special need last. Inclusion is a sense of belonging and being a part of the class instead of being separated students and left alone.
Structure is an important part of our program. We provide it by preparing a stable environment, by ordering the events of the day within a predictable sequence, and by consistently interacting with children in prescribed ways. This predictability gives the children confidence and the freedom to explore and experiment.
The role of a teacher in this kind of program is a complex one. The teacher must have the ability to assess and respond to the children's needs. The role will vary depending on the skills and development of the individual child. It is important for the teacher to be objective and not set unrealistic expectations. A teacher’s view of the child in the light of his/her own accomplishments rather than comparing that child's skills to another. Teachers must be able to show the children who they are as people. They must be honest in expressing their feelings. Such openness facilitates the development of trust between teacher and child. I provide a variety of spontaneous activities inside and outside to create a stimulating environment. Children learn through personal experiences, therefore; our program allows them time to choose for themselves what they want to do. A safe environment with careful supervision is a must. We let children to try and solve their own problems, with guidance and assistance.
I have meetings with the families to go over the progress of their children daily if needed, and use the State of California Desired Results Developmental Profile to chart the progress of each child. Our children develop and learn best in a supportive environment in which parents are included as much as possible. We are sensitive to the cultural differences and needs of all children and their families. Respecting an individual is important. I welcome any insight from the families to better serve them and their children.

A Typical Day

Karen Byers Preschool
Daily Schedule

8:00 am Children are arriving, Wash hands upon entering school. All Learning areas open and set out: Art, table games, block and manipulative areas. Play music for about ½ an hour. Breakfast.

9:00 am Circle time-Cover the monthly calendar, constant & vowel sounds, shapes, colors, count to 100, cover 5 senses, manners chart, sing child’s favorite song, a clock chart to schedule and plan the rest of their day. (Share Day Wednesdays)

9:30am Children’s choice: Inside or Outside Learning areas, Music, Reading, Art & Writing, Dramatic play, Block areas, and Sensory tables. Outdoor play - all of the above materials go outside weather permitting.

10:30am Wash up - Group reading time. Provider offers an activity, or game to do with the children. Invite them to join in. This might be a cooking project covering math & science, or language development activity.

11:00 am Wash hands, Lunch served.

11:30 am Children’s choice: Inside or Outside Learning areas, music, reading, writing, art, dramatic play, block areas, science. Outdoor play - all of the above can go outside weather permitting.

12:00 pm Dismissal for session I

12:30 pm Session II arrives and we repeat schedule above.

Our program has an extensive variety of learning materials to choose from that will enhance your child’s learning styles and capabilities necessary before entering Kindergarten. This is an example of what we try to do in a given day. We need to be flexible to everyone; therefore we may change our program during the day. Your children will have a foundation that is balanced academically as well as socially and emotionally. Educators have learned that if a child has a strong foundation socially and emotionally then they will be able to focus in a classroom setting and learn faster academically. We strive to have a school where children will develop friendships with other children and develop secure attachments with their teachers. We also provide an educational environment full of choices that help them get ready for Kindergarten.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily we cover what we learned and discovered, as well as what is coming up in the coming days, or weeks that support the family and school. We have meetings on a as needed basis and a yearly review to chart their childs' progress, or areas of concern.
Families get together for social gatherings through-out the year both at our school and field trips usually on the weekends.
Workshops & Meetings for the parents at our local resource & referral agency are given out for families to take advantage of.
We have a resource library for parents that are on Video & books. Articles on line are also shared along with activity ideas. Monthly Newsletter with upcoming events.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Usually if we have a family that can come in and visit our class a few times with their child it helps the child and staff form an attachment prior to the family member dropping off. In some cases this isn't possible so the teachers are sensitive to that particular childs' needs and spends a lot of their day shadowing them, reassuring the child that their parents or guardian will return soon. Allowing a favorite toy brought to school is another way to soothing their separation of a parent or guardian until the child feels comfortable..Visit us @ and schedule a tour!!