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Nuestra Escuelita

405 S. 10th St.
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 291-0193


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Nuestra Escuelita believes that parents play a key role in the education and development of their children. Nuestra Escuelita is a supplement and extension of what children are already learning at home. At Nuestra Escuelita children learn by playing, exploring, and discovering. The teachers present math, science, and language concepts through monthly themes. While we introduce these basic concepts, our main goal is the physical, linguistic, socio-emotional and cognitive development of the children. The school is conducted fully in Spanish. Children must speak Spanish when they enroll and at least one parent must speak Spanish to the child. We base our curriculum on: Curriculo Creativo, ABC Cantos, Matemáticas a su Manera, Estrellitas, Música amiga, and a variety of cultural games from the Spanish-speaking world.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Lots of manipulatives
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
  • An indoor gym
Other subjects taught Everything is done in Spanish to help children become fluent in Spanish. Cooking -- children cook once a week and cooking is used to develop team work, math skills, and cooking safety.

From the Director:

We have some activities that are teacher led, some that are free play, and some where we set up stations and kids choose to do them or do something else of their choosing. Each area listed above is sometimes teacher led and sometimes free play. We tried to vary the experiences each child has with the subject matter.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each classroom has 12 children, a teacher and 2-3 parent volunteers. So each child receives lots of personal attention from an adult everyday.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Nuestra Escuelita is a parent participation preschool where all the teaching is done in Spanish. Our goals are to help Spanish-speaking children to continue their development of the Spanish language and to prepare them for kindergarten success. In addition, parent participation is required. We have a developmental approach in our school philosophy and we work towards developing the linguistic, cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical skills of each child.

A Typical Day

Our day includes:

Music and movement -- led by the teacher and parent

Circle time -- where the teacher explores the theme of the month with the children Play structure and outdoors time followed by a snack

Free play -- there are stations set up for the children to choose from or the child might choose to do something different

Closing circle.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher conferences occur twice a year, all parent meetings occur three times per year, and parents attend a series of parent education classes. In addition, during the year parents receive two written summaries on their child's learning.We are aware of all the bilingual and Spanish immersion schools in the area and can provide some basic knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages of these schools.

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:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents participate in the music and movement portion of the day , first 1/2 hour of the day. In addition, parents have the option of staying in the classroom for the first few days to help the child adjust. Also, during the first two weeks of school our adult to child ratio is 1 to 3 so that more adults are available to help the children make the transition.