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Playland Preschool

1267 38th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone:
(415) 564-6646

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Playland Preschool is part of the First 5 of San Francisco program. The First 5 program provides funding which allows 2.5 hours of the school day to be free of charge. Playland offers a program for children between 2.5-5 years old.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We provide an environment that nurtures social-emotional and intellectual development. We provide children with the necessary tools they will need to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. Our curriculum is rooted in observation and exploration, interaction with peers and teachers, and creative expression.

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
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
  • 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 At Playland, we offer a diverse curriculum based on observation and interaction with learning. The program varies from nature exploration and an introduction to science and math, to creative arts projects, puppet shows, dancing and music. Every month, the children are presented with a different theme. For example, one month is about the solar system where we read books and create art projects based on the solar system. Another month is about classical music with the same intention; children learn about the orchestra, the different instruments and how they sound.

From the Director:

We provide an environment that nurtures social-emotional and intellectual development. We provide children with the necessary tools they will need to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. Our curriculum is rooted in observation and exploration, interaction with peers and teachers, and creative expression.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In order to individualize teaching, we have enlisted the help of a child behavior specialist. We work together to create a program for each child that will best suit their needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

For a child, especially between 0-5 years old, it is very important to be in a predictable, nurturing, and safe environment. Our school's philosophy is rooted in creating an environment that is responsive and developmentally appropriate to children providing for them the best possible physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development.

A Typical Day

As part of First 5, Playland offers 2.5 hours free of charge. There are 3 possible sessions: 8am-12pm, 12pm-6pm or full time 8am-6pm.

A summary of the day schedule is provided below:

-Greeting the children
-Free play
-Morning snack
-Circle time (read books about the month's theme)
-Art project/music/dancing/story time
-Outside time (depends on the weather. Games, projects, free play)
-Lunch
-Nap time
-Circle time (mostly music or story time or preparation for a puppet or drama skit)
-Supper
-Outside/inside time (depends on the weather)
-Go home time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The home-school connection is very important for parent's as well as children. It is important for parents to know how their child is developing and be aware if any additional help is needed.
We conduct an evaluation twice a year, after which the director hold's a parent teacher conference that gives parents a better understanding of the curriculum and how their child is developing.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Arriving at a different school or at school for the first time may cause many children to experience separation anxiety. We therefore recommend that children attend an abbreviated schedule at the beginning of their enrollment so that they may gradually ease into their new school. Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about the change and prepare them in advance.
Staff help in the adjustment period by organizing small groups in which the child is introduced to other children, helping build friendships. In addition, in the beginning part of enrollment, the staff call parents during the day to let them know how their child is doing.