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Vittoria Italian Preschool

610 shotwell street apt #4
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 401-7137


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Maps
  • 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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Italian Immersion program. Bilingual education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Vittoria Family Italian Preschool & Day Care is a home away from home where children can play, grow, learn to speak Italian and eat nutritious home-cooked Italian food in a bilingual and bicultural environment. Children are loved and attentively cared for by Claudia and her Italian assistants who nurture and educate the children through age-appropriate activities and well-balanced Italian cooking.
Our philosophy is that teachers are there to facilitate and scaffold childrenâ?? becoming the primary protagonists in their own learning. We believe in working as facilitators of learning rather than dispensers of pre-packaged knowledge and to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment that is physically, cognitively and psychologically safe, where children are challenged and encouraged to discover, explore and question their world. We intend to capitalize on childrenâ??s inherent curiosity and self-motivation to learn by providing experiences with concrete objects and situation, and take cues from the childrenâ??s own interests and questions in the design and implementation of classroom curriculum.
Our curriculum goals include:
Fine motor skills development
Gross motor coordination and strength
Sensory awareness
Communication skills
Conflict resolution skills
Problem solving skills
Positive self-image
Artistic expression, appreciation and creativity
Logical-mathematical thinking
Pre- literacy skills
Emotional intelligence
Self-help skills

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation