"The San Anselmo Preschool Center is committed to the growth of each child in an emotionally supportive environment that encourages self-acceptance and self-exploration.
We offer a program that blends teacher directed activities and self-initiated learning in a setting that includes art, music, dramatic play, pre-reading manipulatives, large motor activities, and "hands on" natural science. Children work together in mixed-aged groupings except for a 45 minute "group time" each morning and afternoon. At "group time" children are divided by age with one teacher for activities appropriate to their age and development.
We operate on the premise that we are in a partnership with the parents of our children. Each teacher in our program does written observations of children on a regular basis. Insights from the observations are shared at the parent-teacher conferences. In addition, the observations provide valuable feedback for the staff to look at child-to-child interactions and child-to-adult interactions.
Parents are welcome to come and observe and meet with our staff at any time during the year.
Our philosophy respects the autonomy of the child in conflict as well as learning situations. Teachers are alert, and ready to protect, counsel and guide at the right moment. We believe that children can learn to work out problems and conflicts when given the opportunity.
Our emphasis is on the process more than the product of learning. It is our goal to plant within each child the seed of confidence that grows with every success in meeting a challenge. Through careful selection of learning materials, we hope to instill in our children the desire, the need, and the joy of learning.
We offer two Pre-K options for children the year before Kindergarten. we have an integrated Pre-K component to our regular preschool program and we also offer a self contained Pre-K class for children who need an extra year of preschool. The Pre-K class is a developmental program with age appropriate activities, including pre-reading skills woven throughout the curriculum.
We operate an Afterschool Program for children ages 5 through 10 at Wade Thomas School. Our graduating pre-kindergarten children attend the San Anselmo Afterschool the summer before kindergarten. The Afterschool offers a range of activities including art, science, drama, fieldtrips, and indoor and outdoor games.
Excerpted from the preschool's website