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San Anselmo Preschool Center

121 Ross Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone:
(415) 453-3181

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"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.


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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30-9am Extended Care Hours; Art, Blocks, Stories, Outside Play Area

9-10:45am Enrichment Program; Children choose activities in the science room, middle room, or art area. After 9:45am, outside, or Duncan Hall

10:45-11:30am Group Time; The children are placed in small groups according to age. Each teacher has a group of nor more than 9 children. The group has snack together, followed by age appropriate activities. Twice a week all the groups meet in Duncan Hall for music and singing.

11:20am-12noon Outside Time

12 noon-12:30pm Lunch

12:30-1:00 Rest and Story Time

12:30-2:00 Nap Time in Duncan Hall for those children in the nappers group.

1:00-2:45pm Enrichment Program; Children choose activities in the science room, middle room, or art area. About 1:45pm outside time becomes an option. Duncan Hall is open to all the children at 3:30pm

2:45-3:30pm Group Time; The children are placed in small groups according to age. Each teacher has a group of no more than 9 children. The group has snack together followed by age appropriate activities. Twice a week all the groups meet in Duncan Hall for music and singing.

3:30-6:00pm Extended Care Hours

3:30-4:14pm Outside and Duncan Hall

4:15-4:30pm Late Lunch; A snack is taken from the childrens' lunch boxes

4:30-5:00pm Inside or Outside Activity

5:00-6:00pm Story Circle


The Pre-K schedule is as follows:

8:30 – 9:15
Arrival & Preschool Socializing

9:00 – 9:15
Pre-K Outside Time Exclusively

9:15–9:30
Line Up Time, Washing of Hands for Snack, Children Collect Their Own Lunchboxes to Take to Their Upstairs Cubbies

9:30–10:00
Morning Meeting, Calendar, Weather Report, Sharing Time, Music Time

10:00–10:15
Snack

10:15– 0:45
Free Choice, Self Service Art, Manipulatives, Dress Up, Art Project

10:45–11:00
Story

11:00–11:30
Outside Time

11:30– 2:00
Science Time; Directed Science and Exploration Time

12:00– 2:30
Lunch

12:30
Self-Contained Pre-k Ends

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school