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Blossom Valley International Preschool

247 Vineyard Drive
San Jose, CA 95119

(408) 629-6356

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

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
  • Puppets, a sharing time for each child, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sets of items to put in patterns, match colors, or add together
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Marble runs,
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
  • 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

From the Director:

While most areas of the curriculum are teacher-led initially, many opportunities are offered to the children to continue the experience on their own. For instance, a teacher directed craft is done by the children each day. At the same time, children have the freedom to visit the art cart table where they can create their own art. A story time is included in each day but the children can also spend some time in the library looking at books on their own.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because we are a small preschool each child is worked with individually. Those who need a little more help with an activity are given it. Those who can do more than the expected are given the opportunity to do so.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Blossom Valley International Preschool is a small, home-based preschool that believes in the individuality of each child. We provide a wide array of different experiences both in the classroom and on field trips to help the child learn about the world around him/her. At the same time, we allow many opportunities for the child to grow in their social and physical skills. Small class size enables us to focus on each child individually and help him or her develop a real love of learning.

A Typical Day

Children arrive at school at 9:00 and have 20 to 25 minutes of play time in a variety of areas - playdough, learning activities set up at a table, puzzles, computer, and larger toys (playsets, popoids, small building toys, etc.).

At 9:30 we line up for circle time. Our circle time consists of songs and fingerplays, calender time, a discussion of and activities having to do with our letter of the week and our theme, and sharing time.

After circle time the children will engage in free choice time - a time to play with building toys, dress up, look at books, play with the playdough and create at the art cart. During this time children will be asked to come to the project table and complete a craft and also participate in a small group acitivity having to do with letters, numbers, science, or cooking.

When our free choice time is up, children will be asked to help clean up and then we have our snack time.

After snack time the children have 30 minutes or so of outside play and then we finish the day with a final circle time in which we sing some songs, talk about our day, and then recieve a stamp or sticker.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The child's cubby is like his mailbox. Parents are advised to check it daily for their child's artwork and accomplishments as well as for correspondence such as newsletters, field trip announcements, and tuition receipts.

Newsletters are sent out monthly and contain information regarding the month's themes and curriculum, fingerplays and songs, upcoming events, holidays, and more.

Teacher/parent conferences are scheduled as needed. Parents may request a conference if they desire.

Parents are discouraged from talking at length with the teacher about their child's progress while the child is present. A more suitable time should be arranged with the teacher when she is able to give the parent her complete attention and is not supervising the class.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Many children are reluctant to leave their parent at the beginning of school. Our policy is to let the parent handle the situation in whatever way is comfortable for them.

Children pick up on their parents' anxiety and this only makes it more difficult for them. If parents are comfortable leaving their child with just a few tears, we let them know that that is o.k. with us and hold and comfort the child until they are ready to participate in activities.

If the parent chooses, however, they may stay with their child. On subsequent days we recommend to the parent to come and stay awhile, then leave and come back a bit early. With each day they would decrease the time they stay and come a little later until after a few weeks, they should be able to drop off their child at 9:00 and pick them up at closing time.

Our main concern is that the parent do what is comfortable for them.