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Laura Vicuna Prep. Pre-K of Sts. Peter and Paul Church

660 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 296-8549


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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
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
  • 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
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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  • 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 are a Catholic-based Pre-K and discuss God at an age-appropriate level.

From the Director:

Our week is based on a theme (neighborhood, the 5 senses, numbers, letters of the week). Our two hour free play time usually has two teacher-directed centers based on this theme. Other centers are free play. Three to four circle times include music, story time, and discussion.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Laura Vicuna Pre-K team works diligently at creating a nurturing and fun educational environment. We are committed to giving each child the very best 'first school' environment. Our faculty creates a safe and stimulating environment for children that provides opportunities for them to develop their spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and creative selves.

A Typical Day

Arrival is between 8:00-8:30 and we have a morning paper for coloring. At 8:30, the bell rings and we say good-bye to moms and dads, and have circle time and discuss our day. We then have free activity/teacher-directed time (painting, blocks, games, cooking, sewing, drama center, etc.). Next,we play in our yard or gym and come back for story- time and music/song time. Lunch, outside play, and nap follow. We awake and play an exercise game and circle time with different activities.

Home-School Connection

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on