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Teddy Bear Treehouse Preschool (Poway)

141521 Ted Williams Parkway
San Diego, CA 92064

Phone:
(858) 748-5600

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children participate in three circle times with the teacher on various topics. From this, the children are broken into smaller groups for time at centers. There is also time for unstructured play.

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
  • Alphabet, puppets, educational materials and games
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, counters, games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Circle time activities
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
  • Science program based on science experiments, Big Book science books
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Scarves to dance with, large butcher paper to draw on to music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Kindergartern field trip to art museum in Balboa Park
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
  • Obstacles courses, tumbling mats, parachutes, 2 gardens for children to work in.
Other subjects taught Motor Lab -- a gross motor program taught by a special instructor: Spanish Classes, Dance Classes PE Classes

From the Director:

Monthly themes feature hands on experiences such as: dinosaur digs and make-believe trips to foreign lands Language arts programs designed for each age level using games, puppets, creative dramatics, and literature Discovery approach to math and science Friendly letter puppets teach the alphabet and phonics to three to five year olds Bi-monthly cooking projects to build independence and good nutritional habits Weekly motor lab activities with balance beams, obstacle courses, etc. Emphasis on character building, manners, and creativity Year-round family events such as: interactive open houses, potluck lunches and parades Parent conferences and progress reports Experienced, enthusiastic, joyful, and dedicated staff * Private kindergarten offered at certain locations * (excerpted from website)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work individually or in small groups. Referrals are made when necessary.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our first Teddy Bear Treehouse Preschool was founded in 1995 with the philosophy that school should be a place of joy and excitement, a place where learning is an adventure.

The world here is explored through creative dramatics, art, music, cooking and make-believe trips to faraway places, all taught in a stimulating environment by an enthusiastic staff.

Each child is encouraged to be creative and to explore the environment through hands-on experiences.

Special emphasis is placed on enhancing a positive self-image and on helping each child to develop warm personal relationships with others.
(excerpted from website)

A Typical Day

Sample daily schedule
6:30 - 8:00 Interest centers, free choice
8:00 - 9:00 Outdoor play
8:30 CLASS BEGINS - KINDERGARTEN AND PRE-K
9:00 CLASS BEGINS - TWO & THREE YEAR OLD CLASSROOMS
9:00 - 9:15 Circle Time (monthly themes or seasonal activity)
9:15 - 9:30 Art (relating to circle time)
9:30 - 9:45 Free choice
9:45 - 10:00 Science or math readiness
10:00 - 10:15 Cleanup, hand washing
10:15 - 10:30 Snacks and cooking
10:30 - 11:00 Outdoor activity (motor lab - two days a week)
11:00 - 11:15 Language arts / alphabet program for three-year-olds
11:15 - 11:30 Related language arts activity
11:30 - 11:45 Cleanup, free choice
11:45 - 12:00 Music, dance and sharing
12:00 END HALF DAY PROGRAM
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 END HALF DAY LUNCH BUNCH PROGRAM
12:30 - 12:45 Story time
12:45 - 2:45 Nap time
2:45 - 3:15 Table activites
3:15 - 3:30 Cleanup, hand washing
3:30 - 3:45 Snack
3:45 - 4:30 Outdoor activity
4:30 - 6:00 Interest centers, free choice
(excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a hard-copy newsletter, we also have the newsletter on the Web site. There is a monthly note from the teachers, a daily note from the teachers for full-time children and frequent notes from the office. We have open hosues and family parties, such as the Halloween potluck and parade.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

--One or more visits to the class prior to start date
--Parents given two pages of suggestions to help prepare the child prior to start date
--As much support as the child and family need