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St Paul Littlest Angel Prepatory Preschool

221 Valley Street, Suite X
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 824-5437


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At Littlest Angel children learn through hands on fun activities, cause and effect experimentation, large and small groups teacher led and movement throughout the day (with a rest period in the afternoon) - all with the goal of success as the end result.

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
  • 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 Religion is experienced at Littlest Angel. Children live and learn Christian values and morals throughout the day.

From the Director:

Throughout the day some activities are structured and some are unstructured, all are open ended. For example children are encouraged to go to a certain area, listen and discuss a project. Children then proceed on their own or in small groups to complete the project, while teachers observe or help where needed/requested.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children have small group time - this may be 1 child or more, depending on the skill. When a child needs to be challenged or needs help, we accomplish an activity in accordance with each child's learning style.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Littlest Angel provides a caring, safe and stimulating environment for the children of our communty and surrounding communities. We recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children and dedicate ourselves to the support of family.
We seek to develop high self-esteem, as well as to encourage optimum growth in the spiritual, social, cognitive, physical and emotional areas.
We assist children in developing potential in an environment of affection, encouragement and balance of structured time and playtime.
We respect the uiqueness of the individual child and offer opportunities to explore, experiment and create according to talents and abilities.

A Typical Day

Each week day is different at Littlest Angel.
On one day the children may have 4 different centers to rotate to: Spanish class; Math class; Music & Movement class and PE. All of these classes are experienced through fun and hands on activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In our Preschool we have 'Group Mom's & Dad's'. These parents email all parents in our Preschool to keep them updated and reminded of important dates. The 'Group' also picks a Saturday or Sunday oncer per month and all parents and children have the option of meeting for 1 1/2 hours at "Day Street Playground'.

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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children with separation anxiety are sometimes overwhelmed with the new environment. In that case a child will separate and talk with a teacher for a few minutes then rejoin the group when ready. Some children simply need reassurance. Others need to know the schedule and 'what is going to happen next'. Parents just need to remember NOT to say, 'I am going to miss you'. Children feel guilty and think their parent(s) is sitting somewhere crying. I always ask parents of an apprehensive child to request a picture be painted during the day from the child.