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Wind in the Willows Early Learning Center

713 Monterey Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94127

(415) 333-7166


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Wind in the Willows is a non-profit preschool that has a child-centered philosophy. Our emphasis is on creativity, socialization and language development. We believe in a child-directed curriculum and provide many opportunities for dramatic play inside and out. We have a mixed age (family) grouping. One advantage of this is that children, families and staff are together for several years, allowing enough time for relationships to develop naturally.

A Typical Day

Each session follows the same daily schedule:
CHOOSING TIME Children choose among various activities such as painting, manipulative toys, dramatic play, dress up and sand and water play.
GROUP TIME All children gather in a circle to participate in movement, singing, music, word games or discussions of special themes of study. Our circle times are short, action oriented and geared to the developmental level of the children. Thursdays and Fridays are Sharing Days, when children are encouraged to bring something special from home.
SNACK Each child brings a healthy snack and beverage in his or her own lunch box.
OUTDOOR PLAY We have our own private play yard, which includes a sandbox, climbing equipment and a custom play structure.
STORY/SONG TIME We end each day by coming together to read stories and sing.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Wind in the Willows values a sense of community. With this in mind parents are welcome and encouraged to help at our school. Parents can choose to come in to read at story time, do an art project, or special activity. By including parents in the classroom children can see how their home and school experiences are interrelated. The Wind in the Willows school calendar offers many opportunities to meet and work with other parents. Participation in events such as board meetings, parties, family picnics, field trips, school maintenance days, special activities, and annual fundraisers will give parents the opportunity to become a part of our school community. Parent education nights offer the opportunity to discuss issues of child growth and development with an early childhood education professional. Additional workshops address topics such as kindergarten readiness and choosing an elementary school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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