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The Room To Grow Preschool

3786 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 826-9598


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

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
  • Self help books on tape, flannel stories, story dictation, project documentation
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, unifix, project graphing, measuring wall
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Guitar player that visits regularly
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Children's literature, posters, masterworks
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 Music and movement accompanied by guitar, flute and drums. Yoga to aid rest time preparation, after hard work or just for fun! Walking field trips to parks, library, community centers, local merchants, etc. Spanish presented in a contextual way. Singing, stories, routine phrases. Awareness and understanding of culture, tolerance and community.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a small, mixed age preschool program that is dedicated to creating a project based program that seeks to recognize each child's individual strengths and talents and then build an environment of discovery and contextual learning that nurtures and facilitates the growth of the individual within the group. Our program is for children from age 3 years through 5 that are potty trained.

A Typical Day

8 - 9:00 am: Gradual arrival - parents and children take the time needed to go about their days joyfully.

9:00: Morning meeting. Greetings, featured literature, information about new projects, featured enrichments or new materials.

9:30: Breakfast snack - all snacks and meals are family style with conversation, manners and lots of laughter.

10:00 -12:00 pm: Morning work time. Materials carefully presented and facilitated by staff members who take ownership of a certain area of the program. Indoor/outdoor classroom.

12:00: Lunch

12:30: Make up rest mats, practicing self-help skills. Chapter book reading.

2:00: Afternoon snack

2:15 - 3:00: Afternoon work time. Children may continue projects left unfinished from the morning or start new activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our arrival and pick up times are designed to make parents feel welcome in the program, giving families and staff daily informal time to connect. Additionally parents receive email with updates and photos regularly, children have individual portfolios with sample work, comments and observations by staff. There is a monthly newsletter, a parent board with reminders and family files at the door that allows adult to adult communication both from school to home but also family to family. We host regular open houses, potluck and work days and community outreach projects. We do not, as yet, have a formal kinder advice program. This first year will be the research year to be certain that the information we provide in the future is as accurate and appropriate as possible.

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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome and encouraged to transition at the pace they trust will be successful. Some families choose to make it short and sweet, others find that it is most successful to stay until their child is giving them signals that they are comfortable enough for their parent to leave. We understand and support the very individual and unique needs of family dynamics.