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The Crayon Box Preschool

65 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 334-9008


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, counters
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Crayon Box Preschool is an art-based, Spanish Immersion program designed specifically for children ages 2 through 5. We provide an environment where children feel that their uniqueness is valued and respected. We value relationships and believe that children learn and develop best in a warm atmosphere, with teachers that genuinely care for children.
Our diverse community encourages children to appreciate and learn about other cultures as well as their own. Preschool is a child's first experience in a school setting. We provide a school setting where children are excited about learning and look forward to their future school years.

A Typical Day

8:00-9:15: Arrival ( table activities-blocks, art, puzzles, playdough, stories)

9:15-9:45: Breakfast

9:45-10:00: Circle Time (songs, music, stories, weather, days of the week etc.)

10:00-10:30: Academic Hour (alphabet, letters, numbers, colors)

10:30-11:00: Child Directed play in learning areas

11:00-12:00: Outdoor Play & Movement

12:15-12:030: Hand Washing (creating healthy habits)

12:30-1:00: Lunch (delicious, home cooked meals)

1:00-3:00: Nap Time (soothing lullabies)

3:00-3:30: Story Time (age appropriate stories)

3:30-4:00: Snack (fresh fruit/garden veggies or crackers)

4:00-5:00: Outdoor Play

5:00-5:50: Art activities, puzzles, books, manipulatives, dramatic play

5:00-6:00 Clean up & Pick up

Extracted from the Crayonbox Preschool web site.

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