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Calvary Nursery School

2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 346-4715

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Dictated stories, chart stories, plays
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sporting activities, manipulatives, calendar measurement tools, graphing activities
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Dramatic play area
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
  • Music, singing, rhythm and some theory in small and large groups everyday
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Daily art activities, additional Art consultant twice a week.
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 Spiritual awareness - social responsibility - 'keeping friends safe' - manners and character development.

From the Director:

We introduce many concepts through teacher-led instruction and then set up the environment to allow children to apply and explore the concepts through play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Calvary's philosophy is based on a play-based developmentally appropriate curriculum which provides activities for children based on purposeful and meaningful learning. We are non-academic yet prepare children for rigorous academic settings by teaching the foundations for learning.

A Typical Day

Free play in mixed age groups; Music - small group and large group; Skills & Concepts taught through art, language, movement in small similar age groups; Outside play in small groups - gross motor development

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open communication by email, phone, etc with teacher & director. Weekly notes sent home by teachers as a report on classroom activities. Twice a year progress reports. Once a year conference. We do not recommend specific schools for children. We help parents navigate through the process and advocate for them.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask that parents not come in until child is acclimated. Our teachers work to console, distract, and bond with children right away. Parents know that they cannot come in.