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Clement Preschool

955 Branham Lane
San Jose, CA 95158

(408) 265-2226


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Along with teacher led instruction we also provide children with opportunities for free play. During this time children work at their own pace and choose their own activities. The teachers provide encouragement and direction as appropriate.

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
  • Chalkboards, Magic boards...
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives (sorting,counters)
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • seasonal insects, butterflies, silkworms
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Piano accompanied sing a longs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • many different tactile collage materials
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
  • scooters, roller racers,parachute
Other subjects taught The creative cognitive is an important part of our curriculm. Children are engaged in problem solving activities as well as open ended projects that stimulate the thinking process. We are also launching a Spanish program and a Yoga program as part of our curriculm this year.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is based bilaterally on teacher led instruction and free play with some structure. Children have opportunities to learn through teacher led instruction as well as self discovery, and multi sensory activities. Balancing these approaches provides a multi pronged approach that suits many different learning styles.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children Always Come first

Our Mission:
* To provide a safe caring environment for all children
* To offer the highest quality education available
* To nurture each child to their highest potential and prepare them for academic growth and success

A Typical Day

We offer a half day program

8:45-9:00 - Arrival/Free Choice

9:00-9:30 - Free Choice - Open ended art , large motor activities, dramatic play, manipulative learning centers

9:30-9:45 Opening Circle time, Academics Introduced

9:45-10:00 Activity Time -Sing a Long, Yoga, Spanish

10:00-10:15 - Snack

10:15-10:45 Outside Play

10:45- 11:35- Small Group Time - Story time, Teacher directed project, Science, Cooking Academic Games, Sharing

11:35- Prepare to go Home


Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We begin the year with an orientation, where the teachers present the goals of the class. Many materials are handed out to support the parents as they begin the school year.

Teachers provide a monthly classroom newsletters that informs the parents of the weekly units of study. There is also a schoolwide newsletter that keeps parents up to date on whole school activities. There is an age appropriate evaluation of each child yearly, followed by a parent teacher conference. Additional conferences with the teachers or director are scheduled on an as need basis. The director provides connections to special services as needed.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

School begins with an orientation that is attended by both parent and child. Children meet their teacher as well as other classmates, and become familiar with the classroom. Parents are encouraged to drop their child off at the door on the first day of school and staff will direct them to their room. If there is an issue with separation the teacher spends extra time bonding with child while additional staff are in the classroom. Parents are encouraged to call the school to see how the child is doing. Some children require additional assistance and strategies such as transitional objects are employed. Most children bond with their teachers within the first few days of school.