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Explorer Preschool

2700 Booksin Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 723-0757


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Explorer is a co-op school where children learn and develop through play, and parents learn and grow in their abilities to be child educators at home, at school and in the community. The 4-day Pre-K program is unique - 12 weeks of class are held at Vasona Park, Los Gatos. (it is a completely outdoor curriculum for that period of time). NAEYC accredited.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Teachers lead circle times which may include stories, singing, and an explanation of the day's plan. Parents are available at workstations to encourage participation in all planned activities. A low student to teacher ratio enables Explorer to offer a variety of enrichment activities for children to choose.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
  • 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 We have a wonderful cooking program. We encourage parents to bring foods and activities that teach nutrition and build skills like measuring, cutting, blending and other basic skills. We focus on healthy eating and healthy attitudes about food in our diverse community.

From the Director:

There is a blend of teacher-led and free play activities. Often the teacher introduces activities and then the children will be able to explore them more fully during free play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Explorer Preschool is a parent participation preschool where children, at an individual pace, can learn and develop through play; and parents can learn and grow in their abilities to be child educators at home, school, and in their community.

A Typical Day

A typical day begins with each teacher greeting students as they arrive. Children have time to play independently or join others in a carefully planned activity set up at centers that include science, art, cooking, outdoor play and dramatic play, including many dress ups. Parents are stationed at the curriculum areas, ready to help children learn.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

When working with parents in the classroom, there is continual assessment. We also have written evaluations, conferences, email contact, phone contact and group meetings with the parents. Our parent education classes are required and we bring in local experts for lecture and discussion. Parents share experiences and knowledge and we encourage them to actively gain knowledge of their options.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We educate the parents about our skills! We are really experienced at helping children and parents at separation. We have a gradual introduction to school and MOST children LOVE being here!