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Sweet Peas Preschool

87 Melrose Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 637-0796


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Sweet Peas Preschool is a small home-based preschool in the Miraloma Park District of San Francisco.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our approach to learning is predominantly play-based with short periods of teacher-led instruction daily. Our curriculum is thematic and designed in two-week units.We plan activities that focus on the whole child, incorporating all areas of their growth and development. Children are engaged and curious and often reference things they have learned during their days at Sweet Peas.

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 In terms of physical activity, we incorporate both gross and fine motor skills into our daily routine. The children are given numerous opportunities throughout the day to work on fine motor skills through selected activities and free play. Regular trips to the neighborhood playground and community garden, as well as daily backyard play address the children's gross motor needs. In addition, we offer an onsite weekly gymnastics class with My Gym and a onsite bi-weekly yoga class.

From the Director:

Our program is well balanced with child-centered activities and teacher-led instruction. The children are given frequent opportunities to choose what they would like to play with during their daily learning. There are also small moments throughout the day that are teacher-led instruction. For instance, during small group time in the morning children listen to a story related to our current theme and are led in a hands-on activity afterwards.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

By keeping a low student:teacher ratio (4:1) we are able to meet the needs of the varying developmental stages of our children. This ratio enables us to work in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one situations successfully on a daily basis.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide childcare in a family-like setting which will foster the independence and the growth of your child. As your child is loved and nurtured, they will engage in age appropriate activities and play. At this developmental level, we hope to instill that process is more important than product. We will practice small motor development through hands-on projects and manipulatives. We will work on large motor skills through regular outdoor play, games, and on-site classes such as gymnastics and yoga. We will promote rhythm, listening skills, and appreciation of music with a regularly scheduled music class. More importantly we will provide an atmosphere in which your child will feel safe, secure, and comfortable in trying new things. In addition, our curriculum is very tactile and play based. We provide fun activities that are theme related, and the children happily explore, feel, and manipulate the projects themselves.

A Typical Day

Sweet Peas' Daily Schedule
8:00-9:15 Arrival/ free play
9:15-9:35 Circle Time
9:35-10:15 Read Aloud & Project/
Outdoor Time
10:15-10:45 Snack
10:45-11:30 Read Aloud & Project/
Outdoor Time
11:30-12:15 Centers/Choice Time
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Nap
3:00-3:30 Snack
3:30-4:30 Afternoon Project
4:30-5:15 Outdoor Time
5:15-5:30 Quiet Activities/Pick Up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have mandatory fall semester parent-teacher conferences. Parents receive thorough narrative reports and developmental check lists reporting on their child's progress twice yearly.

Each child has a personal journal at school which teachers write in regularly documenting the child's school day. These journals are taken home to share with family members.

We have regular contact with parents and caregivers at arrival and pick-up time and use this time as a daily verbal check-in.

Monthly newsletters and frequent emails keep families updated on classroom happenings and school functions. Including curriculum themes, school picnics, field trips, and annual gatherings.

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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ease children into their days here by scheduling visit days before their start date. They can also spend a shorter day here in the first week to help them transition into our schedule. Our teachers are very good at assisting and comforting children when saying goodbye to a caregiver upon arrival time.