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Growing Up

Noe Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone:
(415) 000-0000

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Individual learning is recognized as an important part of our nature and time is given for the development of the self. Group activities come together casually to create social relationships with interdependent thinking, problem solving and sillyness. Teacher led activities happen daily with intent for creativity in age appropriate development.

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
  • An easel is used to spell out the children's names in the morning.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Lots of fine motor for organizing
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • A clock chimes every hour and the children learn to count the chimes.
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
  • Outdoor area and walks for collecting. A moth to live butterfly exhibit is done
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD's are played often to bring comfort to the environment.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Photos are taken of the children during the day and placed on the bulletin board for them to see their work.
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

From the Director:

The child centered philosophy builds the daily activities on the interests and ideas of the children. A planned day is always a principal of the program that may be interrupted by spontaneous fun that will take us on an adventure to enjoy the development of the moment. Throughout the year three or four focuses of study will evolve based on science, literature, music or movement and will be a subject of learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Individual attention to the child's learning interests is observed and nurtured by the teacher. Materials are provided to encourage development according to their needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Growing Up is a year long Early Childhood Education program specifically designed for the active and social 2 year old. The comfortable home setting provides a small group of children a secure place to enjoy some of their first experiences of learning and playing together as a group.

A Typical Day

The following times are approximate:
9 am Welcoming and choice of activities
9:30 Snack time and also our time for greeting, and discussion
10:00 Art, music and choice of activities including dress up
11:00 Outdoors including walks in the neighborhood and races
Noon Lunch
12:30 Choice of activities
1:00 Calming -self reading
1:15 Story Time
1:45 Nap
3:15 Waking Up
4 pm Going home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Depending on the situation various types of assessment and education can be done. Primarily I communicate by a personal meeting if necessary or a short conversation at the end of the day or by email. Whichever seems most appropriate to the given situation.The children leaving Growing Up are going on to a Preschool and I offer lists of schools and assist in writing recommendations. My input depends on the needs of the families.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first day the families come and stay for a couple of hours and leave with the children. Making sure we know about any special cuddly creatures or blankets needed. The parent leaves a number where they will be available and if necessary able to return if there is a problem.