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Chibi Chan Preschool

2507 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 351-0955


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Parent Participation Chibi Chan recognizes the critical role of Parent involvement and how it can dramatically influence a child's self-esteem and motivation to learn. Therefore, each family is asked to volunteer at least twice a year during their child's participation at Chibi Chan. Parents can volunteer for field trips, as well as in other classroom activities, parent advisory meetings, and fund-raisers. A great deal of emphasis is placed on building relationships with families through good communication and parent involvement. The staff at Chibi-Chan also welcomes any parent feedback, concerns and ideas, which help benefit the growth and development of the program." Extracted from preschool's website

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Japanese language

From the Director:

"Aimed at pupils 2 to 5 years old, Chibi-Chan enhances children's total development: 1 Cognitive Development: Emphasize problem solving, communication, discovery, and active learning. 2 Physical Development: Improve gross motor and fine motor skills. 3 Social/Emotional Development: Nurture positive self-esteem: value all cultures and backgrounds, and respect others' feelings. 4 Creative Expression: Provide a wide range of expression through art, music, dance, fantasy and play." Extracted from preschool's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Chibi-Chan Preschool offers a nurturing and stimulating environment for children ages 2 to 5 years old. The staff at Chibi-Chan believes in supporting the individual developmental of each child and introduces new concepts according to ability and age. The curriculum is enriched with exciting themes, including multicultural awareness, social studies, science, and language development activities. Each hands-on activity helps to enhance the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child. Chibi-Chan also believes in fostering independence by giving children opportunities to make decisions on their own, as well as exposing them to a diverse array of experiences to establish the foundation for future learning." Extracted from preschool's website

A Typical Day

DAILY SCHEDULE FOR CLASSROOM A -- 3-5 year olds MORNING 7:30-9:00a Arrival: Welcome children, child-directed activities. 9:00-9:30a Morning Snack (Cereal, toast, etc.) 9:30-11:00a Workbooks/Outside Time 11:00-11:45a Structured Activity Time (Weekly Themes, Small group activities) 11:45-12:15p Circle Time (Calendar, Story, Songs, Sharing...) 12:15-1:00p Lunch Time (Brush Teeth optional) AFTERNOON 1:00-3:00p Nap Time: Soft music/story for transition time 3:00-3:30p Afternoon snack: Crackers, fruit, cookies 3:30-4:00p Child-Directed Play: Indoor 4:00-5:00p Child-Directed Play: Indoor/Outdoor 5:00-6:00p Departure: Quiet play, stories, puzzles, listening center *Schedule is subject to change ________ DAILY SCHEDULE FOR CLASSROOM B -- 2 and 3 year olds MORNING 7:30-9:00a Arrival: Welcome children, child-directed activities. 9:00-9:30a Outside Play/Diaper Check & Potty 9:30-10:00a Morning Snack (Cereal, toast, etc.) 9:45-10:15a Child Directed Play 10:15-10:45a Structured Activity Time (Weekly Themes, Small group activities, Books, Tactile) 10:45-11:00a Circle Time (Calendar, Story, Songs, Sharing...) 11:00-12noon Lunch Time AFTERNOON 12:45-3:15p Nap Time: Soft music/story for transition time 2:45-3:45p Diaper Change & Potty 3:45-4:00p Group Activity Time (Movement to music, story, etc.) 4:00-5:00p Child-Directed Play: Indoor/Outdoor 5:00-6:00p Departure: Quiet play, stories, puzzles, listening center *Schedule is subject to change *Extracted from preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Parent/Teacher Conference 2 Conferences are scheduled during the year to discuss your child's progress and experiences. Parents are welcome to schedule additional appointments with our staff. We are very interested in any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions you may have at any time. Education Resources Chibi-Chan Newsletter, which is an update on your children and the program, will be given to parents every month." Extracted from the preschool's website

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school