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Caterpillars to Butterflies

925 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132

Phone:
(408) 926-1264

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Outside |Language|Creativity |Life Skills

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Caterpillars to Butterflies we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn in a caring and positive atmosphere.

We know what science has proved: children's early experiences are critical to how they fare in school and later in life. We also know children learn by doing, and for children play is an important part of that learning.

As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued good self-image while building social skills.

Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities that are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Lessons are planned that emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition.

Schedules are designed to balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times, to help your child learn, have fun, make friends, be happy, and feel secure.

Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stages of development and helping them to feel successful.

At Caterpillars to Butterflies, our experienced teachers and staff support their investigations, share their excitement, and applaud their successes. We support parents, too, by making sure Caterpillars to Butterflies is the kind of place where kids have fun, learn, and want to be when they can't be at home."

Extracted from www.preschoolsanjose.com

A Typical Day

"Caterpillars:
7:00 - 8:50 Greetings and Arrivals
- Open centers
8:50 - 9:00 Clean Up
9:00 - 9:30 Snack
9:30 - 10:45 Centers
10:45 - 11:30 Outside
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Transition Activities
12:30 - 2:30 Nap
2:30 - 3:00 Wake Up / Quiet Centers
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:30 Outside
4:30 - 6:00 Table Activities / Going Home

Butterfly Group 1
7:00 - 8:50 Greetings and Arrivals
- Open Center
8:50 - 9:00 Clean up
9:00 - 9:30 Circle time/Self Expression 9:30 - 10:00 Snack
10:00 - 10:30 Creativity / Life Skills / Legos
10:30 - 11:15 Outside
11:15 - 12:00 Exploration/Imagination/ Language
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 Nap
2:30 - 3:00 Wake Up / Quiet Centers
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:30 Outside
4:30 - 6:00 Table Activities / Going Home

Butterfly Group 2
7:00 - 8:50 Greetings and Arrivals
- Open Centers
8:50 - 9:00 Clean up
9:00 - 9:30 Snack
9:30 - 10:00 Circle time / Self Expression
10:00 - 10:30 Exploration / Imagination / Language
10:30 - 11:15 Creativity / Life Skills / Legos
11:15 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Outside
12:30 - 2:30 Nap
2:30 - 3:00 Wake Up / Quiet Centers
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 4:30 Outside
4:30 - 6:00 Table Activities / Going Home"

Extracted from www.preschoolsanjose.com

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

online newsletter

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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