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Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School

4 Solano St. Brisbane
San Francisco, CA 94005

Phone:
(415) 657-0142

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We have simple and easily understandable structure to our day, which helps young children and the parents volunteering to know ' what comes next' at school.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program allows for parents and children to learn and grow together, creating a special community. The school involves the child and the parent together, mutually sharing and participating in the school's activities giving them the opportunity to communicate, play and grow together. By being directly involved in your child's preschool experience, you set a precedent for making your child's education an integral part of your family's life, and you send a strong message to your child that his or her education is important. Children develop supportive relationships with adults other than their own parents. Parents have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and work cooperatively with a diverse group of parents from the community developing a network to provide emotional and practical support in parenting. We believe that it is through play that much of children's early learning is achieved. The physical, socio-emotional and intellectual development of children is dependent upon activity. Through touching, manipulating, exploring and testing, children find out about the world around them. Through interacting with other children and adults, they find out about themselves and their relationship to others. Through play, they learn how to solve problems and work cooperatively with others. Play helps children to develop both physically and cognitively and helps to increase language and social skills, as well as physical skills. Children at play are active explorers of the environment as they create their own experience and grow to understand it. We believe that self-directed play sets the stage for young children to obtain the confidence, self-esteem and social skills necessary to become self-motivated learners.

A Typical Day

Silverspot Daily Schedule

8:50 Arrival of Teaching Parents: Parents sign in children on daily roster. On the daily job list please choose an activity area(s) where you want to work with the children during the day (i.e. journals art/play dough; motor, blocks/dress-up, library). Also, on that form, please choose a classroom job for the day (i.e. Snack or Floater/Clean-up.) The snack person should review the snack of the day posted in the kitchen, to be prepared for when it is time to put it together. Parents who have brought projects should set up in the designated area. Other Teaching Parents need to go to their area and supervise the children as they arrive. Teaching Parents are welcome to wear one of the aprons available in the cubby below the daily roster job list.

9:00 Arrival Time: All other children arrive. Parents sign in children on the daily roster, assist them as they put their things in their cubbies and help them get settled into a play area.

9:00-10: 00 Indoor Activity Time: Children choose activities in the following areas: art, dress-up (dramatic play), blocks, puzzles, play dough, motor, journals. As the day progresses, Teaching Parents should encourage children to return materials they have taken out to their original place when they are finished before they go on to a new activity.

10:00-10:15 Clean up and Bathroom: Children are encouraged to put back blocks, dress-up clothes, play dough, etc. Floater parents help clean up toys and clear tables for snack before going off to help in the bathroom. Snack parent goes immediately to snack and does not help with clean up. Children will filter to the bathroom in small groups accompanied by an adult for five or ten minutes after they finish clean up.

10:15-10:25 Circle Children are encouraged to sing songs and listen to daily announcements, while snack is being placed on the tables. Parents should assist the children in circle. Older children can help set the tables for snack with one of the parents.

10:25-10:45 Snack: Snack time is for children and adults. Communal snacks have many benefits. Children learn to ask for food, pass, take turns and take reasonable helpings. The are exposed to new foods, enlarge their vocabularies, taste experiences, use small muscles to pour water, and acquire mathematical skills through helping set the table and count out portions. Children should be encouraged to eat the snack provided. Even if a child does not eat, it is good to expose him/her to new foods. You might be surprised by how many will try something if the Teaching Parents are supportive. Each child cleans up his/her place at the table before going outside.

10:45-11:30 Outside Play: Children go outside to play. The Director and Snack Parent accompany them. Floater/Clean up parents will remain in side for clean up. These Teaching Parents should clean up the snack dishes, soak paint brushes in water, clean the bathrooms, clean and set up tables for lunch, sweep and mop the floors.

11:30-11:40 Outdoor Clean up: Outdoor equipment is brought in from the sand toward the school door. All children should be encouraged to bring in the toys. Teaching Parents giving a child a specific task such as pushing a tricycle to the back door can help a child who is not focused.

11:40-11:50 Bathroom: Children go to the bathroom with an adult in small groups. Once they all finish in the bathroom the adult and children may go into the classroom and sit down for lunch.

11:50-12:10 Lunch: Children sit at tables with staff and Teaching Parents. The adults need to sit down with the children. The Teaching Parents' presence adds to conversational possibilities, enables a child to clean up a spill and helps keep a calm atmosphere. As children finish eating they may put away their lunches and choose an activity inside to work on. Please note: sugary or salty food such as cookies, fruit roll-ups, chips and candies should not be brought to school. These foods are not nutritious and they may be a source of conflict for the children. Good things to pack for lunch are: small helpings of pasta, cheese, rice cakes, small yogurts, fruit, sandwiches, and vegetables. Your cooperation is needed for the school to follow its nutritious food guidelines. Once the children have finished their lunch and put their things back into their cubbies they may choose an area inside to play. Teaching Parents should continue to be available to the children in the journal, motor, dress-up, blocks and library areas. Painting will not be available at this time.

12:10-12:20 Cleanup: Each child should make a contribution to clean up Parents can help by finding a task for the children who are not focused and then by following through with encouragement and praise for the completion of tasks. The director and one floater parent will identify those children in diapers and help to change them

12:20-12:30 Circle: The children go to the circle area (motor) for various guided activities such as reading books, music, story plays, circle games. Parents should sit down at circle with the children and help to focus the little ones into the activity.

12:30 Shoes and Dismissal: Teaching Parents will help children who are leaving the morning program to put on their shoes and gather their things from their cubbies for dismissal outside. The Director and Snack parent will go with children outside for good-byes and to meet their parents/caregivers. Floater/clean up parents will remain inside to sweep and clean the paintbrushes and other art supplies. Afternoon Program:

12:50 Arrival of Teaching Parents: Parents sign in children on daily roster. On the daily job list please choose an activity area(s) where you want to work with the children during the day (i.e. journals art/play dough; motor, blocks/dress-up, library). Also, on that form, please choose a classroom job for the day (i.e. Snack or Floater/Clean-up. The snack person should review the snack of the day posted in the kitchen, to be prepared for when it is time to put it together. Parents who have brought projects should set up in the designated area. Other Teaching Parents need to go to their area and supervise the children as they arrive. Teaching Parents are welcome to wear one of the aprons available in the cubby below the daily roster job list.

1:00-2:00 Transition and Outside Play Dismissal of morning session children and arrival of the afternoon session children. Weather permitting this will take place outside with the transition being a gradual process between sessions to encourage social time between the two sessions. Afternoon session children will begin with outside play.

1:50-2:00 Outdoor Clean up: Outdoor equipment is brought in from the sand toward the school door. All children should be encouraged to bring in the toys. Teaching Parents giving a child a specific task such as pushing a tricycle to the back door can help a child who is not focused.

1:30: Nap We arrange with parents who would like to require their children to have an afternoon nap and then offer it to any other children who would like to nap as well.

2:00-2:10 Bathroom Children will filter to the bathroom in small groups accompanied by an adult for five or ten minutes after they finish clean up. When older children finish with the bathroom, they may be encouraged to help place napkins and cups at the tables for snack. All children not helping with setting up snack will go to the mat for a short circle time until they are invited to snack. (This will help the snack parent and his/her helpers get the snack on the table before the children sit down.)

2:10-2:20 Circle Children are encouraged to sing songs and listen to daily announcements, while snack is being placed on the tables. Parents should assist the children.

Separation

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