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Action Day Nursery School (Lincoln Ave.)

2148 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 266-8952


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Our third preschool joined the Action Day Nursery Group in 1975. Located in the heart of Willow Glen on Lincoln Avenue the campus includes an infant center and a preschool. Enrollment is open to children three months old to seven years. Three buildings provide an attractive atmosphere for young children. The oldest building was originally a farm house and has been listed in the local guide to historical landmarks in the Willow Glen area. The second building was constructed in 1980 and the third, large building was completed in 2001. The school offers a relaxed, cozy atmosphere that is warm and friendly. Our staff works to provide children with the challenges they need each day for maximum growth. Some of the children from the Lincoln School continue in our program and are bussed from the Lincoln School to Primary Plus for Kindergarten. Children are divided into age groups for various infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten activities. Dance and enrichment activities are available." Extracted from

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Dance

From the Director:

"We maintain a philosophy that encourages what we call 'semi-structured program' to allow for specific growth and individual freedom. The teachers set out specific goals for each day and the children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities. Our Preschool program includes separate curricula for children as they move through they preschool years in the following areas: Developing Social Awareness and A Positive Self-Concept: Teachers encourage children to participate as part of a group, learn to accept consequences for his or her behavior, develop increasing self-control and positive self-image. Children learn to enjoy being at school. Language Development and Reading Readiness: Children experience they job of listening to stories and then acting out simple dramas. The young children learn to express themselves orally and expand their vocabulary they use on a daily basis. By the time children complete Preschool, most will recognize the verbal spelling of their own name, upper and lower case letters, sounds associating with letters and have the ability to write their own name Math Readiness and Science: Teachers introduce math concepts through simple geometric shapes and counting. At the end of the preschool period children count in sequence to 30, sort by size, shape, and color and show interest in the clock and the time. Children begin to think of uses for numbers. Physical Development: At the beginning of the preschool year the child is learning to walk with coordination, and kick objects, perform simple finger plays and communicate pottying needs. As the child ends his or her preschool years he or she will learn how to lace their shoes, skip, and swing by themselves. Fine Motor Skill Development: Teachers present the children with opportunities to work with scissors, pencils, crayons, small pegs and beads for stringing. Children explore a wide variety of manipulative and art materials. These prewriting experiences in the preschool prepare the children for later success." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our schools' doors opened in 1968 because of the desire to experience first hand the marvelous thrills and excitement in the world of children.

Of interest to the founders is the tremendous amount of learning that goes on each year in young children. It is exciting for us to see all the important loving and guiding experiences of infancy incorporated into the children's development.

We believe we have an opportunity to influence much of what will happen to children as they go through elementary school, junior high school and on into adult life.

It also is a real challenge to our staff to provide an environment that will encourage maximum development for children, as positive experiences during the early year's lead to much greater success in the future

Over all the years of operation, we have maintained a philosophy that encourages what we call a 'semi- structured program.' Semi-structured means, to us, that we have a program put together by teachers and others that sets out specific goals each day, week and month for every child enrolled.

The children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities. We feel that this semi-structured situation allows for specific growth and individual freedom.

One of the important differences in our philosophy has been the fact that we've been committed to a particular kind of adult in our school environment. We are proud that our carefully chosen adults truly care about children.

We could spend hours and hours going through books writing lesson plans, buying equipment, setting up the preschool; however, the most important factor in any school situation is the adult.

It is exceedingly important that when each child enters the school environment, he or she finds an adult who really, truly likes him or her. It is our hope that each child will leave at the end of the day feeling better about himself or herself equipped with the knowledge that they can accomplish tasks that they couldn't do when the day began.

If we achieve this goal, we add tremendously to the resources that each child takes with him or her as they move up the educational ladder.

It is our continued hope that we will be able to provide an environment that stimulates positive feelings as well as a sound curriculum for each child."

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Parent and School Communication

Parents are a vital link to the complete development of their child. Therefore, to reflect positive attitudes toward your child's education it is important to become involved in his or her school environment.

Here at Action Day Nursery/Primary Plus we incorporate special events throughout the year to encourage parent communication and participation as well as an opportunity to meet other parents.

All of these family events are held during convenient hours during the day or early evening, allowing for all parents to come and spend quality time with their child at school.

Parents are welcome to initiate and help with special events such as field trips, parties, or holiday celebrations.

We are pleased to have your input and make your talents part of our learning environment. Please feel free to discuss your ideas with the teachers and Director.

Parents will be informed of the latest developments and announcements of the school through a monthly newsletter and calendar identifying your child's weekly themes and activities. This will help to link together the school and the home.

Please let us know if there are any special instructions for the day by filling out a Daily Infant Care Record. This will help inform the Primary Caregiver of how they can best meet your child's needs at the center and relay information about your child's day.

Toddler Tales
Toddler Tales are usually issued daily to let you know how your child's day went."

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Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school