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Kids Club Preschool

161 Pixley Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone:
(415) 567-4680

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teachers have structured activities planned in which kids can freely join. We have one large group session per day. Art is process oriented.

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
  • printed material available at all times
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • cooking, peg boards, wood working, stacking, sorting, seriation tools
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
  • music teacher
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • clay, sensory table
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
  • 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 Gardening - we have a garden plot at Fort Mason Community garden which is an ongoing project.

From the Director:

From experience I have learned that young children, 2-5, need time to trust, to observe, to get to know a teacher's rhythm. They do this best through free and unstructured activity, by mid-year many, if not all, happily and comfortably come to structured activities by their own volition confidently.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, respectful, and engaging environment in which children can explore and make connections with the world around them. We strive to make learning fun.

A Typical Day

8:30 - arrival, open areas are back yard, art room, playroom

9:45 - snack prep upstairs

10:00 - snack

10:15 - large group

10:30-10:45 - free play, open areas, mat room, play room, activities at kitchen table

11:30 - music/story time

12:00 - lunch

12:30 - stories, back yard, sharing time, art room

1:00 - pick up time - after care

1:00-3:00 - field trips or free play at school

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent/teacher meetings - a formal meeting is held once a year . There is also ongoing daily communication.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

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 best way is for the parent to stay with the child until they are comfortable. Abbreviating the schedule 30 minutes/day; 45 minutes/day; 60 minutes/day by day 3, etc. If a parent is comfortable, a confident goodbye and notice to be close by in case we have to call for a pick up.