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Ladybug Preschool

1355 Bay Street, #1
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 776-5054


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

An even mix of directed arts, science, cooking, and music classes interspersed with free play.

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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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 have an outstanding arts program. It is very innovative.

From the Director:

Our oral language, nursery rhymes, poems, and songs, mathematical reasoning and number sense as well as scientific reasoning and the physical world all have a balance between teacher led and teacher/child collaborative.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to meet each child where they are and encourage them to grow from there. Some children may need additional support in order to get involved with an activity at first. Because our groups are small we are able to get to know each child very well and recognize their needs as individuals.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our curricula is a play-based curricula, inspired by Reggio-Emilia. Children are natural learners. They are born with a curiosity which encourages them to question, explore, and discover the world around them. Ladybug Preschool offers children an opportunity to do this. Activities are based on real life experiences. The curriculum fosters social, creative, physical, and cognitive skills, fulfilling the needs of the child to develop as a whole person.

A Typical Day

Transition in - free play inside (dramatic play area), Circle time, Snacks, Specialty class - Art, cooking, music, science, Free play outside and in open studio Closing circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We check in with parents daily with verbal reports. We also make ourselves available for additional communication in person.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

1. We encourage children to tour school w/ parent before they start. 2. Encourage parents to talk about the school, teachers, etc. for at least 1 week prior to first day. 3. Encourage parents to leave w/ a big smile to cue child that all is well. 4. We give check-in calls to parents during the morning if requested.

Generally, because we are small schools with a "home-away-from-home" feel we find that children usually transition in surprisingly smoothly. It is often more difficult for the parents than the children.