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ABC Preschool

426 33rd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 387-9111

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Children are able to choose the activities in free play time. On the other hand, teachers set learning goals and plan the daily activities and projects that promote children's development and learning.

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 do have a cooking project every week, through which children can also develop vocabulary, mathematics, science, etc.

From the Director:

Children have free play (free choice) time every day, so that children can learn through free play. They also have a structured activity every day which teachers encourage children to develop their utmost potential.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We assess each child's development and devise a strategy individually. We consult parents and specialist as well.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

ABC Preschool focuses mainly on Japanese language and culture, with some additional English instruction. Students learn about Japanese holidays, as well as the traditional holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween, etc. We strongly believe that this first step in a child's education is all-important and can affect the tenor of their whole future life. We emphasize the development of both mind and body with special attention to social interaction, cooperation, and participation in group activities. 'Play Time' is an important part of early education, for it is during such activities that children learn how to deal with their emotions and respect others, thus building a good foundation for their prime educational years. Purpose 1. To assist children of Japanese-speaking homes to make a smoother transition to public school kindergarten. 2. To allow Japanese families who would return to Japan to make an easier transition from America to Japanese schools. 3. To provide a school for families that want earlier education in an international environment with the emphasis on early acquisition of a second language.

A Typical Day

Free choice activities, snacks, arts and crafts, story time, music, physical activity and movement, science, outdoor activities, etc.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

PTA meeting every other month. Monthly newsletter.

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
  • 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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We recognize that each child is different developmentally. We will take appropriate action based on our assessment of each case.